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BELGRADE - The 1-2 punch of Drew Zelka and Martin Old Horn helped Hardin to a 27-10 win over Belgrade in the first round of the Class A football playoffs on Saturday.

Zelka rushed for 239 of Hardin's 271 yards on the ground and Old Horn caught five passes for 112 yards and three touchdowns.

Old Horn caught TD passes of 43, 36 and 21 yards from quarterback Ryan Gratwohl, who completed 6 of 12 passes for 122 yards.

Belgrade quarterback Matt Thibault threw for 137 yards and ran for 90 yards.

Hardin (7-3) will play at Frenchtown (7-1) in next Saturday's quarterfinals.


Hardin 0 14 7 6 - 27
Belgrade 0 3 0 7 - 10

Hardin (7-3) - Martin Old Horn 21 pass from Ryan Gratwohl (Tristan Costa kick); Old Horn 36 pass from Gratwohl (Costa kick); Old Horn 43 pass from Gratwohl (Cost kick); Drew Zelka 15 run (run failed).

Belgrade (5-4) - Tanner Appler 20 field goal; Derek Crane 5 pass from Matt Thibault.

Miles City 48, Butte Central 7

MILES CITY - Riding 399 yards of total offense, Miles City swarmed a young Butte Central squad with a 48-7 first-round win on Saturday.

Brennan Haughian carried the ball 10 times for 218 yards with scoring runs of 67 and 58 yards. Hayden Kalfell returned a punt and a kickoff return for scores while racking up 186 special teams yards.

Butte Central actually held an early 7-0 lead after a Andy Ritter 37 yard toss to Casey Norbeck. Ritter finished 13-of-23 for 130 yards.

Miles City will travel to Polson for a second round matchup next Saturday.


Butte Central 7 0 0 0 - 7
Miles City 13 21 14 0 - 48

Butte Central - Casey Norbeck 37 pass from Andy Ritter (Nathaniel Loomis kick).

Miles City - Brennan Haughian 67 run (Jimmy Harding kick). Hayden Kalfell 42 punt return (kick failed). Kyle Stanton 6 pass from Jordan Bryant (pass failed). Haughian 58 run (Kalfell pass from Bryant). Cord Berg 7 run (Donnie Martin kick). Kalfell 85 kick return (Martin kick). Berg 35 run (Martin kick).

Columbia Falls 27, Corvallis 26

COLUMBIA FALLS - Columbia Falls stopped a two-point conversion by Corvallis late in the game and hung on to win 27-26 in a first-round Class A playoff game.

Corvallis had pulled within 27-26 with 1:21 to play on a 35-yard scoring run by Matt Smith, but teammate Austin Byron was tackled short of the goal line by Columbia Falls' Mackey Nolan on the try for two points.

Columbia Falls will now play at reigning state champion Billings Central on Saturday.

The Wildcats jumped ahead 20-0 in the first half, but Corvallis tied the game at 20-all in the third quarter.

Smith rushed 22 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns for Corvallis, while Stephen Baumgartner gained 157 yards and scored two TDs on 14 hauls for Columbia Falls.


Corvallis 0 0 20 6 - 26
Columbia Falls 13 7 0 7 - 27

Corvallis - Tyler Bongard 58 pass from Drew Zeiler (Mahlone Jessop kick); Austin Byron recover blocked punt by Byron (Jessop kick); Matt Smith 3 run (Kick failed); Smith 35 run (run failed).

Columbia Falls - Stephen Baumgartner 73 run (Mackey Nolan kick); Mackey Nolan 21 pass from Mitchell Wassam (Kick failed); Baumgartner 4 run (Nolan kick); John Woody 12 run (Nolan kick).

Dillon 48, Whitefish 28

DILLON - Dillon's Bryce Carver carved up the Whitefish defense in the Beavers' 48-28 win in the first round of the Class A football playoffs Saturday.

Carver finished 23 of 32 passing for 297 yards. He also had 24 carries for 167 yards.

Whitefish led 14-7 after the first period, but Dillon then went on a roll. The Beavers scored three touchdowns and kicked a field goal in the second quarter to take a 31-14 lead at the break.

Dillon's Toby Shepherd was Carver's favorite target, catching nine passes for 127 yards. Travis Rehm snatched three balls for 96 yards.

Dillon will travel to Havre for a quarterfinal game.


Whitefish 14 0 7 7 - 28
Dillon 7 24 8 9 - 48

Whitefish (4-6) - Alex Elespuru 6 pass from Mac Roche (Elespuru kick) 7:21 1st; Daniel Simmons 2 run (Elespuru kick) :16 1st; Aaron Tkachyk 47 pass from Roche (Elespuru kick) 10:18 3rd; Tanner Benedict 3 run (Elespuru kick) :43 4th.

Dillon (7-2) - Bryce Carver 2 run (Carver kick) 4:04 1st; Carver 2 run (Carver kick) 11:27 2nd; Carver 24 FG 5:06 2nd; Travis Rehm 55 pass from Carver (Carver kick) 3:01 2nd; Garret Banning 4 pass from Carver (Carver kick) :03 2nd; Toby Shepherd 20 pass from Carver (Carver run) 6:56 3rd; Carver 3 run (run failed) 10:55 4th; Carver 28 FG 4:20 4th.

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