Prep football capsules: Class B

2014-08-28T18:55:00Z 2014-09-04T17:49:03Z Prep football capsules: Class BGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 28, 2014 6:55 pm  • 

NORTHERN B

1B

Choteau Bulldogs

2013: 5-4

Head Coach: Craig Tucker

Key Players: RB/LB Liam Breen (Sr.), QB/DB Derrek Durocher (Jr.), OL/DL Denver Krane (Jr.).

Coach Says: “We’re returning a lot of players that got good playoff experience last year. We’re looking to improve on what we did last year.”

Conrad Cowboys

2013: 4-5

Head Coach: Mick Morris

Key Players: LB/QB Shane Larson (Sr., all-conference), RB Blake Underdahl (Sr., all-state), OL/DL Josh Breding (Sr., all-conference), WR/DB Tristan Diedrich (Sr., all-conference), TE/LB Hunter Mycke (So.), WR-DB Clark Judisch (Jr.), OL/DL Kyle Murack (Jr.), WR/DB Daylon Jay (jr.).

Coach Says: “I am really excited about this upcoming season and specifically this football team. We return 19 starters off of last year’s playoff team and our kids are ready to compete for the opportunity to play in November again. Playing in 1B is a dogfight week in and week out. I think from top to bottom it is one of the toughest districts in Class B.”

Etc.: Larson passed for 1,409 yards and 12 TDs last year and rushed for 1,030 yards and 12 TDs. Underdahl was all-state on defense.

Cut Bank Wolves

2013: 2-7

Head Coach: Hugo Anderson

Key Players: QB Jess Ray (Sr.), RB Reid VandenBos (Sr.), OK Derrrick Martinez (Sr.), WR Randon Anderson (Sr.), OL Brenden Johnson (Sr.), OL Jaiden Little Dog (Sr.), RB Adrian Growing Thunder (Sr.)

Coach Says: “We will rely heavily on our offensive line and seniors to carry our team throughout the year.”

Fairfield Eagles

2013: 7-2

Head Coach: Les Meyer

Key Players: QB/LB Dalton Palmer (Sr., all-state), TE/LB Dru Oveson (Sr., all-state), G/DE Trevor Schenk (Sr., all-conference), WR/DB Christian Melo (Sr., all-conference), OL/LB James Konen (Sr.), RB/DB Mason Murray (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We graduated 11 seniors from last year’s team. Depth and experience are major concerns heading into this season. The key to this year’s team will be how fast we can develop positive leadership.”

Shelby Coyotes

2013: 3-5

Head Coach: Mike White

2B

Glasgow Scotties

2013: 9-2

Head Coach: Greg Liebelt

Key Players: QB/S Jason Thibault (Sr., first-team all-conference), WR/S Chase Fossum (Sr., first-team all-conference), FB/LB Tanner Ronnes (Sr., first-team all-conference), RB/LB Dallas Capdeville (Sr., second-team all-conference), C/DL Ryan Scanlon (Sr.), OL/DL Joe Doney (Sr.), LB Zach Miller (Jr.).

Coach Says: “We are cautiously optimistic this season. Although we have some very talented players returning, replacing the entire offensive and defensive lines and adjusting without Keil Krumwiede will be a great challenge for our team.

Etc.: 2013 MVP Keil Krumwiede had surgery on his wrist after a baseball injury and is doubtful for this season.

Harlem Wildcats

2013: 1-7

Head Coach: NA

Malta Mustangs

2013: 5-3

Head Coach: Nick Oxarart

Key Players: RB/LB Quintan Boos (Sr.), WR/DB Tyson Carney (Jr.), WR/DB Allen Williamson (Jr.), QB/DB Jase Galt (Jr.), OL/DL Antonio Lopez (Jr.).

Coach Says: “We will need to have a lot of young players develop and mature in order to be competitive with teams such as Glasgow.”

Plentywood Wildcats

2013: 3-5

Head Coach: Bill Nyby

Key Players: C/DL Justin Marsh (Sr.), RB/DB RJ Becker (Sr.), OL/DL Drew Friedrich (Sr.), RB/LB Isaiah Detienne (Sr.), OL/DL Caleb Dickey (Sr.)

Coach Says: “We lost 10 seniors, which was a large part of our nucleus last year. We will return five seniors this year with varsity experience. Our strength will be in the interior line and our weakness will be depth and numbers. We will definitely need our younger players to play a bigger role this season to be successful. So far in practice, the players are showing great enthusiasm and desire to learn. We are looking forward to a successful season.”

Wolf Point Wolves

2013: 1-7

Head Coach: Bruce Knerr

Key Players: WR Tyson Bridges (Sr., second-team all-conference), OL/DL Cameron Quincy (Sr., all-conference), QB Dalton Hafner (Sr.), LB David Knerr (Jr., all-conference), WR Josh Nieskens (Sr.).

Coach Says: “The seniors worked hard to change previous identity. We installed boot-camp training and they rose to the challenge to be perfect. We are sophomore-heavy; we will have six or seven sophomores starting between both sides of the ball.”


SOUTHERN B

3B

Baker Spartans

2013: 11-1

Head Coach: Dave Breitbach

Key Players: RB/LB Seth Barkley (Sr.), OL/DL Clint Lesh (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We will have a lot of new faces playing after graduating eight starters on both sides of the ball.”

Colstrip Colts

2013: 5-3

Head Coach: Bill Briggs

Key Players: RB/TE/LB Triatan Aberle (Sr.), WR/LB Rod Studiner (Sr.), OL/DL Jake Sessions (Jr.).

Coach Says: “Should be a fun year ... for a young team we are progressing very quickly and the guys are coming together as a team.”

Forsyth Dogies

2013: 7-2

Head Coach: Chris Hess

Key Players: OL/DL Hunter Webster (Sr.), RB/LB Luke Weber (Jr., first-team all-conference), OL/DL Aaron Bell (Sr.), OL/DL Dylan Bell (Sr.), OL/DL Steven Gabel (Sr.), RB/LB Matt Weber (Sr.), WR/DB Tristan Rogers (Jr.), QB/LB Casey Cole (So.,second-team all-conference), WR/DB Colt McDaniel (Sr.).

Coach Says: “This is the best offseason we have had as a team so far. We lost some talented players last year, but this group is very dedicated. I believe our offensive line will be strong with a talented backfield. Our defense should once again be a strength for this team and we hope to remain competitive in a very tough conference. 3B had three ranked teams last year and I expect this conference to be very potent again.”

Huntley Project Red Devils

2013: 7-3

Head Coach: Guy Croy

Key Players: OL-DL Tanner Miller (Sr., second-team all-state), TE-LB Blake Jessen (Sr.), WR-DB Michael Jobman (Jr.), OL-LB Kaleb Reynolds (Jr.), QB-DB Dallas Mack (Jr.), OL-DL Taylor Larsen (Sr.), OL-DL Ryan Olson (Sr.), RB-DL Kian Brown (Sr.), RB-DB Tucker Hould (Sr.), DB Jonah Nelson (Sr.).

Coach Says: “With several key returning starters and a good mix of younger players coming up, our team is looking to build on a good season from last year. We are excited about our upcoming season.”

Lodge Grass Indians

2013: 0-7

Head Coach: Leroy Wallace

Key Players: Calvin Nomee (Sr.), RB Zane Horn (Sr.), Dane Dosson (Sr.), David Castro (Sr.), John Smells (Sr.), Ethan Cummins (Jr.), Isiaih Brown (So.), DeAllen Little Light (Sr.), Jericho Big Left Hand (So.), Jaden Frost (So.), Robert Morning (Jr.), Darren Charges Strong (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We lost a great group of seniors from last year’s team. We have a bunch of new faces this year, including a few freshmen. It will be a rebuilding year, but we will come ready to play. As usual, because of our numbers it will be ironman football for us!”

Shepherd Mustangs

2013: 1-7

Head Coach: Adam Sanchez

Key Players: QB/DB Hyrum Hanson (Jr.), WR/DB John Mushaben (Sr.), RB/LB Zach Iffland (Sr.), TE/DL Colter Feuerstein (Sr.), OL/DL Chism Mavity (Sr.), OL/DL Ben Oliver (Sr.), RB/LB Noah Smelser (So.), RB/DB Chase Darnelle (So.).

Coach Says: “This year we return quite a few players. We have a lot of youth on the team, which looks promising for years to come. They are a hard-working unit. We, as a team, are excited to see what the season brings. Hard work and consistency is going to be key week in and week out.”

4B

Big Timber Herders

2013: 3-5

Head Coach: Bruce Bell

Key Players: QB/S Walker LaVoy (Sr., all-conference), RB/DB Brent Finn (Jr., all-conference). LB/RB Kalvin Kunda (Sr., all-conference), OL/DL Brycen Lehman (Sr.), RB/LB Ryan Morgan (Jr.), DL Lee Hughes (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We improved plenty last year and we are curious what effect our great leadership will have on that improvement this year.”

Columbus Cougars

2013: 4-4

Head Coach: John Smith

Key Players: LB/RB Brady Exner (Sr.), LB/RB Preston Fink (Sr.), QB/RB Kade Osborne (Sr.), WR/OLB Trey Ostrum (Sr.), WR/DB Keifer McKay (Jr.), OL/DL Jackson Booth (Jr.), OL/DL Will Griffel (Sr.), OL/DL Braden Marjerison (Sr.), OL/LB Cortem Wells (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We will be returning players with experience. Our numbers are down in OL/DL. We will have to convert players in skill positions to be successful. Sacrifice for the team will have to happen. We have a lot of athletes, the question is, will they accept their roll. Jury is out.”

Joliet J-Hawks

2013: 2-7

Head Coach: Dewey Allen

Key Players: DL/OL Colter Peterson (Jr.), RB/WR/LB Terryn Bermes (Sr.).

Coach Says: “Wee are small in numbers, big in heart.”

Red Lodge Rams

2013: 5-5

Head Coach: John Perrigo

Key Players: LB Kyle Draper (Sr.), RB/LB Tyler Metcalf (Sr.), RB/LB Brandon Bohan (Sr.), OL/DL Liam Morse (Sr.), OL Dillon Iverson (Sr.), QB Gunnar Nelson (Jr.), LB/TB Cole Kelly (Jr.).

Coach Says: “They’ve worked very hard in the offseason to prepare themselves for a great season. They are not afraid of hard work. They are a great group of young men, and they will represent the school, the town and the citizens of Red Lodge very well this year.”

Roundup Panthers

2013: 2-6

Head Coach: Dana Quenzer

Key Players: RB/LB Hunter Saltzman (Sr.), OL/DL Zach Marty (Sr.), TE/LB Jacob Wolfe (Sr.), RB/LB Cody Pearson (Sr.), WR/DB Brody Smith (Sr.), OL/DL Sam Smith (Jr.), QB/DB Dalton Salthe (Jr.), OL/LB Richard Voss (Jr.)

Coach Says: “As long as we stay healthy, we should be competitive by conference play.”

5B

Jefferson Panthers

2013: 10-2

Head Coach: Clint Layng

Key Players: MLB Trase Le Texier (Jr.), OT/MLB Reilly Leary (Sr.), S Jered Padmos (Jr.), DB/WR/RB Branden Rykal (Sr.), RB/OLB Tate Guisti (Jr.), C/DE Jacob Smith (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We are young, but we have good team speed. Even though we lost seven starters, we return a good core of players.”

Manhattan Tigers

2013: 4-4

Head Coach: Chris Grabowska

Key Players: QB/OLB Brock Bitterman (Sr., first-team all-conference), OL/DL Chase Barta (Jr., first-team all-conference), DL/WR Alec Nehring (Jr., second-team all-conference), RB/LB Shondel Connerton (Jr., second-team all-conference), WR/CB Caleb Neith (Jr.), WR/CB Conner Cross (Jr.), WR/LB Cole Visser (Jr.), OL/DL Axel Grubich (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We have lots of team speed and experience returning to our football team. We have speed at all positions that should be very exciting to watch.”

Three Forks Wolves

2013: 2-6

Head Coach: Tyler Palmer

Key Players: WR/FS Luke Colberg (Sr.), LB/OL Ty Chandler (Sr.).

Coach Says: “I am very excited about what this team has the potential to achieve. Each season presents new challenges, that we welcome.”

Townsend Bulldogs

2013: 6-2

Head Coach: Travis Rauh

Key Players: QB Jace Lewis (Jr.), WR Kenny Wilbur (sr.).

Coach Says: “We’re going to play aggressive, I mean obviously we’re going to switch our coverage up on occasion. But if it’s not broke we don’t really need to fix it” (ABC Montana).

Whitehall Trojans

2013: 5-3

Head Coach: Dan Lacey

Key Players: WR/DB Colton Coffing (Sr., first-team all-conference), RB/LB Jed Fike (Sr., second-team all-conference), QB/DB Braden Larsen (So.), OL/LB Mike Woods (Sr.), OL/DL Casey Collins (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We are a young team that is hungry to compete for a playoff spot in a tough 5B conference. We have a competitive mindset and great leadership.”


WESTERN B

6B

Deer Lodge Wardens

2013: 7-3

Head Coach: Patrick Munson

Florence-Carlton Falcons

2013: 1-7

Head Coach: Terry Maki

Missoula Loyola

2013: 11-0 (state champions)

Head Coach: Todd Hughes

Key Players: WR/S Tommy Terrell (Sr.), WR Danner Linhart (Sr.), QB/LB Stephen Sellman (Sr.), RB/DE Marty Pigeon (Sr.), OL/LB Kenny Tripp (Sr.), OL/LB Brayden Burke (Sr.)

Coach Says: “Our defense is a very experienced group returning four all-conference players. On offense our skill positions are very fast and experienced.”

Ronan Chiefs

2013: 4-4

Head Coach: Jim Benn

Key Players: QB/CB Connor Benn, FB/NG Lucas Gerhardt, DT Tanner Mead, OT Sam Bixby, OLB Mark Toler, RB Austin Hakes, C Tyler Anderson, OLB Brandon Dumont, TE/ILB Ron Cullis, K/P Lucas Gerhardt.

Coach Says: “We return good experience on both lines and have very explosive skill position players. This group has a great attitude and has worked very hard to improve this off season.”

St. Ignatius Bulldogs

2013: 1-8

Head Coach: Peter Hamilton

7B

Bigfork Vikings

2013: 9-1

Head Coach: Todd Emslie

Key Players: QB Josh Sandry (Sr.), RB Vinny Quick (Sr.), DL Aaron Luna (Sr.), C Russel Goeden (Jr.), DB Isaac Martel (Sr.).

Coach Says: “Our expectations are that No. 1 it stays fun and No. 2 that we are able to compete in every football game. We’ve been able to do that the last few years.” (Flathead Beacon).

Eureka Lions

2013: 6-3

Head Coach: Trevor Utter

Key Players: QB Austyn Shepherd, RB Garrett White, DT Gerald Branscome, C/LB Owen Daris, WR/DB Brand Conard.

Coach Says: “We are young, talented and getting better every day.”

Plains Horsemen

2013: 0-9

Head Coach: Jim Lawson

Key Players: Trent Brouillette (Jr., all-conference).

Thompson Falls Bluehawks

2013: 2-7

Head Coach: Jared Koskela

Key Players: QB Greg Wadsworth (Sr.), WR Trais Hoisington (Jr.).

Coach Says: “Our goal is to get 100% better everyday throughout the season with an emphasis on over-achievement.”

Troy Trojans

2013: 4-4

Head Coach: Brendan Miller

Key Players: RB/LB Sean Opland (Jr., first-team all-state), WR/LB Gage Tallmadge (Sr., first-team all-conference), OL/DL Jordan Herrick (Jr., second-team all-conference), WR/LB Michael Miller (Sr.), OL/DE Garrett Chapel (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We have great team speed, and should compete with every team we play. We are young on the line and will need them to mature quickly. ”

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