Now that we’re two or three games into the season, this is basically the last weekend of non-conference games. Some teams have already hit their conference schedules, but for the majority of the Class A and B teams, that doesn’t start until next week.
These non-conference games give fans an idea of how teams from across the state match up, and none of the non-conference games carry the weight of Saturday’s tilt between Dillon and Billings Central. Mike Zimmer will have a preview on that later this week, so I’m going to highlight a few of the other games on tap. For my complete “What I’ll Be Watching” matchups, head over to mtprepsports.com/forum where there’s no moderation*, so you can comment openly and freely.
Missoula Big Sky at Bozeman
This weekend’s best AA game on paper will kick off in Bozeman on Friday night. The 3-0 Hawks host Missoula Big Sky, which has won its last two games after dropping its season-opener to Helena Capital in overtime.
This game pits two of the hottest players in the state against each other. Bozeman running back Hunter Gappmayer already has 464 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns on the season. Cole Baker quarterbacks Big Sky’s offense and has 861 passing yards and 10 TDs through three games.
Red Lodge at Forsyth
Forsyth is 2-0 and hasn’t given up a score yet this season, but the Dogies face their biggest challenge of the season when Red Lodge comes to town. The Rams, also 2-0, are lead by quarterback Sean Sullivan.
Sullivan has scored five rushing touchdowns in two games, while throwing for three more last week against Three Forks.
Glasgow at Fairfield
Like Forsyth, Glasgow boasts a strong defense. The Scotties returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in their season-opening win against Class A Glendive, while holding the Red Devils to six points. The following week, Glasgow grounded the Baker offense in a 7-6 win.
Through two weeks, Glasgow seems to have established itself as a top team out of northeastern Montana and will pose a big challenge for the defending-champion Eagles. Fairfield is reloading a little bit in 2012, but Nick Drishinski gives coach Les Meyer a dangerous weapon on offense.
Northern C 8-Man
There might not be a more competitive conference in Montana than the Northern C 8-Man. Chester-Joplin-Inverness is 3-0 to lead the standings, while Belt, Centerville, Chinook, Great Falls Central, and Power-Dutton-Brady are all 2-1.
Belt travels to PDB on Friday and Great Falls Central hosts Centerville in two of 8-Man’s biggest games this weekend.
Centerville and Great Falls Central are each coming off of their first loss of the season, while Belt and PDB are both riding two-game winning streaks after losing their season-opening games.
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