Of the eight defending state champions, only two remain undefeated.
And both reside in Class B.
Bigfork’s boys have quietly, at least in these parts, reeled off 31 consecutive wins dating back to last season, when they won the state championship over Columbus. They’re 5-0 this season, beating three Class A opponents.
It’s well documented by now that Fairfield’s girls are basically unbeatable. The Eagles have won 110 consecutive games after rallying for a five-point win against Rocky Boy and trouncing Browning last week.
One streak did end, though. Fairfield had won an astonishing 53 consecutive regular-season games by 10 points or more before that narrow victory over Rocky Boy.
Not only are both defending champions still undefeated, the entire class appears to be pretty top-heavy. There are five girls teams — Choteau, Forsyth, Malta and Manhattan join Fairfield — in the class that have yet to suffer a loss. Four boys teams — Choteau, Glasgow and Lodge Grass, along with Bigfork — are still perfect, too, as conference play hits stride.
Compare that to Montana’s two largest classifications, where there are only a combined three undefeated teams: the Billings West and Missoula Hellgate boys and Columbia Falls girls.
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It isn’t exactly groundbreaking news that Class B has some really good teams. And it certainly isn’t too eye-opening that the class, especially those at the top, are faring pretty well when they “play up” against Class A opponents. They’ve been doing that for years.
What is headline-worthy is how lopsided some of those games have been.
Bigfork’s average margin of victory against Class A teams is more than 34 points, though that’s sure to take a hit when they Vikings play defending Class A champion Columbia Falls (6-1) on Thursday, weather permitting.
Bigfork beat the Wildcats twice last season, too, so can one assume the Vikings would have won the 2014 Class A championship?
And what about the girls? Nobody in Class B was beating Fairfield the past few years, but could a Class A team have even taken second last season?
Malta, which lost to Fairfield in a double-overtime thriller in the state championship, beat Havre, the Class A champion, twice last season. The M-ettes already have two wins over the Blue Ponies this season by an average of more than 15 points per game.
Which all goes to show that some programs know no class boundaries.