Prep football capsules: Class C 8-Man

2014-08-28T18:50:00Z 2014-09-04T17:45:04Z Prep football capsules: Class C 8-ManGazette Staff The Billings Gazette
August 28, 2014 6:50 pm  • 


Circle Wildcats

2013: 2-6

Head Coach: Taw Eissenger

Culbertson-Bainville Cowboys

2013: 8-2

Head Coach: David Helmer

Key Players: LB/RB Tony Williams (Sr., all-state), LB/WR Adam Buxbaum (Jr., all-state), DB Cameron Lambert (Jr., all-conference), OL/DL Garrett Reid (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We lost a few key players from last year, but we return a handful of starters with eager, talented underclassmen looking to make an impact.”

Fairview Warriors

2013: 4-4

Head Coach: Derek Gackle

Key Players: QB Monte Cayko (Sr.), RB/DB Alex Taylor (Sr.), WR/LB Jared Gustafson (Sr.), WR/DE Ben Hardy (Jr.), FB/LB Josh Hurley (Jr.), LB Jon Lebsock (Jr.), TE/DE Pat Hardy (So.).

Coach Says: “We look forward to building on the experience we gained last year.”

Hays-Lodgepole Thunderbirds

2013: 0-7

Head Coach: Shawn Mount

Key Players: RB/LB Sterling WhiteCow (Sr.), WR/DB Codie Kirkaldie (Sr.), OL/DL Shane Brockie (Sr.), TE/LB Darnell Parisian (Sr.), DL/RB Damon Castillo (Jr.), QB/DB Tyson Shambo (So.), TE/DE Tough Snow (So.), RB/DB Frank Runs Above (So.), OL/DL Colten Werk (So.).

Coach Says: “First of all, we want to gain respect from other teams. We are tired of being the doormat and the easy win for other schools in our division. Then we want to get our first win. I believe we are heading in the right direction.”

Scobey Spartans

2013: 1-7

Head Coach: Brock Berryhill

Key Players: DB Hugh Cole (sr.), DB Danny Linder (sr.).

Coach Says: “We were awfully young last year, but a lot of kids got tons of game experience. This year we are still relatively young with only three seniors, but we should be much improved from last year.”

Wibaux Longhorns

2013: 11-1

Head Coach: Jeff Bertelsen

Key Players: TB/LB Colton Tousignant (Sr.), OL/DL Trent Farnworth (Sr.), E/LB Conner Leach (Sr.), OL/DL Wyatt Miske (Sr.), E/LB Chad Nelson (Sr.), OL/DL Riley Smith (Sr.), RB/LB Shawn Schaefferkoetter (So.), E/LB Jhett Quade (Sr.).


Absarokee Huskies

2013: 1-7

Head Coach: Gregg Feddes

Key Returnees: RB/S Elijah Barber (Sr.), WR/LB Trevor Smith (Sr.), TE/DB Ty Pfingsten (Sr.), OL/DL A.J. Thomson (Sr.), OL/DL Cooper Crabtree (Jr.), RB/LB Calvin Hanson (Jr.), OL/DL Bryce Oderman (Jr.), QB/LB Billy Raville (Jr.), TE/DB Isaiah Mondragon (Jr.).

Coach Says: “We should have a fairly strong backfield, get Billy and Calvin back, but we’re going to be fairly young. Pile of freshmen and some of them will start. It’s going to be a work in progress.”

Broadview-Lavina Pirates

2013: 6-3

Head Coach: Adam White

Key Players: QB/DE Taylor Bienvenue (Sr., first-team all-state), OL/DL Andy Moore (Sr., second-team all-conference), TE/DE Scott Bymaster (Jr., honorable mention all-conference), RB/LB Jacob Reed (So., honorable mention all-conference), WR/CB Joel Nelson (Jr.), OL/DL Casey Sainsbury (Jr.), OL/DL Evan Heiken (Jr.)

Coach Says: “We lost a lot of senior leadership to graduation; looking forward to watching this year’s seniors step up into these leadership roles. I am excited to have some key position players back as this will help in the development of the new faces in starting roles.”

Ennis Mustangs

2013: 12-0 (state champions)

Head Coach: Jay Fredrickson

Key Players: QB Walker McKittrick (Sr.), RB/LB Wylie Leo (Sr.), OL/DL Dustin Whan (Jr.), LB/RB/WR Haakon Fredrickson (Sr.), OL/DL George Ball (Sr.).

Coach Says: “We celebrated that state championship in earnest, but that’s in the past and our future is out in front of us. We’ll never forget it but we’re not going to dwell on it.”

Gardiner Bruins

2013: 3-5

Head Coach: Mike Baer

Key Players: C/DT Seth Tyson (Sr.), RB/DE Eddie Rodarte (Jr.), LB/RB Nick Sabo (Sr.), G/DT Jarred Hurst (Jr.).

Coach Says: “We have some good size along with some depth. We will look to run the football, control the clock and play some solid defense.”

Harlowton Engineers

2013: NA

Head Coach: Rob Tedlund

Park City Panthers

2013: 4-4

Head Coach: Jason Ness

Key Players: QB/S Ty Robbie (Sr.), RB/LB Connor May (Jr.), TE/LB Mason Moe (Sr.), OL/DL Lane Miller, WR/DB Grant McNeil.

Coach Says: “We have a lot of spots to fill after graduating five starters. We will be young in spots but they are a very motivated group and ready for the challenge.”

Shields Valley Rebels

2013: 3-5

Head Coach: Jon Croston

Key Players: DL Clay Scidmore (Sr., second-team all-conference), S Ryley Waddell (Sr., second-team all-conference), RB Cole Fairchild (Sr.), QB Thad Ferguson (Sr.)

Coach Says: “This year’s priorities are class, academics and effort. We feel if we continue to improve on these priorities we will have a successful season.”

White Sulphur Springs Hornets

2013: 6-3

Head Coach: Barry Hedrich


Belt Huskies

2013: 10-2

Head Coach: Jeff Graham

Key Players: Colton Swanson, Paxton Maki, Koltin Haugrose, Matt Metrione.

Coach Says: “The Northern C will once again be very deep and very difficult to finish in the top four. Each week is very important as any team can get beat on any given week.”

Cascade Badgers

2013: 1-8

Head Coach: Jesse Allan

Centerville Miners

2013: 3-6

Head Coach: Luke McKinley

Key Players: DL Marty Luoma (Sr.), QB Kade Landon, QB Matt Lynch, DL Austin Scott (Sr.)

Coach Says: “These boys have shown promise over the summer months by going to camps and putting time in the weight room. We will be young and green, but there’s nothing better than coaching kids that are hungry to get on the field.”

Chester-Joplin-Inverness Hawks

2013: 7-3

Head Coach: Jim Vinson

Key Players: RB/LB Justin May (Jr.), QB/MLB Brandon Richter (Jr.), C/DE Brandon Theel (Sr.), TE/DE Troy Harmon (Jr.), RB/MLB Brett Hanke (So.).

Coach Says: “The C-J-I Hawks will be very young and inexperienced this year. There will be 12 boys on the team this year due to school enrollment, so staying healthy will be key.”

Chinook Sugarbeeters

2013: 4-5

Head Coach: Scott Friede

Key Players: TE Lane Seymour (Sr., all-conference)

Great Falls Central Mustangs

2013: 5-4

Head Coach: Mike Nelson

Key Players: RB/LB Nolan Donisthorpe (Sr., all-conference), QB/S Reid Nelson (Sr., honorable mention all-conference), OL/DL Carter Anderson (Sr.), OL/DL Joe Bertha (Jr.).

Coach Says: “Overall, we are a little undersized and have no depth at any position. But if we can stay healthy I think we can get in the playoff mix.”

Power-Dutton-Brady Titans

2013: 6-4

Head Coach: Joe Schmidt

Key Players: RB Drew Carlson (Sr.), OL Travis Wittmarth (Sr.), WR Matt Hitchcock (Sr.), OL David Shumway (Sr.), DE Kyler Holbrook (Sr.), OL John Zylks (Sr.), C Breyer Hill (Jr.), QB Seth Kitchin (Jr.), WR Chase Rossmiller (Jr.).

Coach Says: We will be an explosive, quick-scoring team with plenty of speed running the read-option offense. On defense we will be quick and much more physical than last year. Special teams will also be strong.”

Simms Tigers

2013: 9-2

Head Coach: Eric Dirk

Key Players: TE/DL Jake Bloom (Jr., first-team all-state), RB/LB Devan Goode (Sr., first-team all-conference), OL/DL Kalvin Rohrer (Sr., first-team all-conference), WR/DB Branden Bulik-Chism (Sr., second-team all-conference), RB/DB Kuskey Sakaye (Sr., honorable mention all-conference), RB/LB Noah Clark (Sr.), WR/DB Erik Pscherning (Jr.).

Coach Says: “The 2014 Tigers are anxious to get into the season and have been working hard each day to build on the momentum of last year’s success.”


Arlee Warriors

2013: 3-5

Head Coach: Mike Rogers

Key Players: QB Riley Rogers, WR Patrick Bigsam (all-conference), WR/LB P.J. Haynes (all-conference), DL/RB Alex Bertolit, LB Isaac Desjarlais.

Coach Says: “Our strengths are we are returning our whole team but two players.”

Charlo Vikings

2013: 9-2

Head Coach: Mike Krahn

Key Players: QB Michael Delaney (Jr.), OL/DL Maverikc Nelson (Sr.), WR/DB Jesse Long (Sr.).

Coach Says: “Charlo will look to rebuild after the loss of five senior starters from last year’s team that went to state semifinals.”

Darby Tigers

2013: 0-8

Head Coach: Loyd Rennaker

Key Players: QB/DB Rope Rennaker (Sr.).

Drummond-Philipsburg Trojans

2013: 6-3

Head Coach: Jim Oberweiser

Key Players: QB Tony Bergerson (Sr.), OL/DL Bob Immenschuh (Sr.), WR/LB Danny Mannix (Sr.), QB/S Eric Bohrnsen (Sr.).

Coach Says: “The big thing is we’ll have eight kids that we can practice against each night. And I know that’s a luxury that some of the teams in our conference don’t always have.”

Noxon Red Devils

2013: 1-7

Head Coach: Josh Patterson

Seeley-Swan Blackhawks

2013: 4-4

Head Coach: Wayne Cahoon

Key Players: RB/LB Justin Grimes (Sr.), OL/DL Seth Linford (Jr.), OL/DL Matt Teague (Jr.), RB/LB Jacob Haley (Jr.).

Coach Says: “We have some great seniors to anchor the team, a huge football-savvy junior class, and an excellent underclassmen supporting cast. Also our starting ‘D’ was mostly sophomores last season, and as a whole the team is an exceptionally athletic bunch.”

Superior Bobcats

2013: 8-3

Head Coach: Allan Labbe

Key Players: QB/DB Wyatt Zylawy (Sr., all-state)

Coach Says: “Toughness and quickness will continue to be the program focus. Western C is very strong and very competitive.”

Victor Pirates

2013: 7-3

Head Coach: Brandon Howell

Key Players: OL/LB Colton Cavill (Sr., all-conference), TE/DL Ryan Lewis (Sr., all-conference).

Coach Says: “We are a young team after losing 11 seniors from last year’s team, but we have the potential to be very good if our young guys step in to fill some key roles.”

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