BILLINGS — Duncan Kraft needs to have a little visit with his offensive coordinator.
For almost three quarters, the Billings Central junior was doing something nobody else had accomplished in the last three seasons.
Out-rush teammate Ben Voss.
Voss eventually passed Kraft with a 16-yard run late in the third quarter.
It didn’t matter who got the most yards as Billings Central steamrolled Frenchtown 45-10 on a chilled Herb Klindt Field Friday night in the Class A quarterfinals.
The Rams (9-1), winners of eight straight, will play the winner of Saturday’s Hamilton-Glendive game. If Hamilton wins, Central will go west for the semifinals. If the Red Devils prevail, the Eastern A rematch will return to Billings.
Kraft rushed for 139 yards and a season-high three touchdowns on 16 carries. He had scoring runs of 9, 19 and 9 yards. He also had two interceptions that the Rams converted into 10 points and made a touchdown saving tackle on Frenchtown’s opening kickoff return.
“We have an offense with a lot of talented players,” said Kraft. “I just have to do my part when my number is called. Everybody knows about Ben. I try to bring a little diversity to the offense.”
Voss, one of the most prolific running backs in Rams’ history, finished with 144 yards on the ground on 17 carries. He had a touchdown run of 22 yards and broke the game open by turning a screen pass into a 62-yard score.
The senior has rushed for 1,543 yards and 22 touchdowns this season.
“Voss is a great player,” Kraft added. “I feed off his energy. We motivate each other. We tell each other, ‘Let’s go get a score.’ "
Quarterback Joe Byorth also found Chrishon Dixon in the back of the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown.
After Central went up 21-0 midway in the second quarter, the Broncs scored 10 points in 12 seconds in the second quarter to make it interesting. Adam Botkin made a 34-yard field goal and Frenchtown recovered the onside kick. Michael Edwards broke loose for a 44-yard touchdown run on the next play.
Voss actually covered closer to 80 yards on his momentum-breaking play as he went left to right through the Broncs’ defense.
“They got it close and it was really good for the kids to answer that,” said Central coach Jim Stanton.
Frenchtown finishes 8-3.
Richards finished with 99 yards rushing, 92 in the first half. He had 36 yards on Frenchtown’s final drive of the first half that was stopped when Voss blocked the Broncs’ 20-yard field goal attempt.
“They were hurting us with that dive play,” Stanton said of Richards’ running. “We made some adjustments at halftime and were able to get some stops.
Frenchtown managed just six yards in total offense in the second half. Charlie Parkan also had an interception for Central, while Maguire Payne and Sam Gray had tackles for loss and Marcus Wehr a quarterback sack.
“Defensively, we were able to control the game,” said Kraft. “They have some great skill players and were able to contain them.
“We’re really coming together as a team.”