There were definitely some shockers, mild upsets and interesting scores in the prep football playoffs over the weekend. But that’s why they play the games.
It is really getting down to the nitty-gritty of the season and that is always exciting.
It’s time for the weekly Game Balls awards.
Here is where you the fans become really important and can nominate which team would get your Game Ball. Just let us know why. Since many of you will be seeing postseason games in reaches of the state we can’t, keep on nominating and posting.
Now, for this week’s Game Ball winners. Bloggers, feel free to hand out your own or compliment those teams who are chosen.
Class AA — Great Falls. The Bison went into Helena Saturday night and pulled out a 14-13 win over the Bengals in the first round of the playoffs. The game appeared headed for overtime with just under a minute left after Helena scored a TD. However, the extra point was no good and the Bison were able to celebrate.
Class A — Frenchtown. The Eastern A almost had three teams in the semifinals, but the Broncs were able to edge Hardin 14-7. Broncs middle linebacker Billy Miner intercepted a pass in the end zone with 43 seconds left as Frenchtown escaped. But any way you look at it, a win is a win, and that’s all it takes to move on.
Class B — Huntley Project. The Red Devils moved into the semifinal round with a stellar offensive — and defensive — effort by their team in a 42-10 win over Glasgow. Both teams were undefeated and Project was ranked 1 and Glasgow 3. Glasgow had early opportunities as two early Project fumbles gave the Scotties the ball in Red Devils’ territory. However, Project’s defense held strong and didn’t allow a score on the opportunities and thus was able to play its game.
Class C — Scobey. The Eastern C division-winning Spartans are back where they feel comfortable — in the semifinals of the playoffs. Michael Crandel scored four touchdowns and the Scobey defense didn’t allow Chinook to score until the final period in a 46-6 win.
6-Man — Reed Point-Rapelje. For the second week in a row it’s the Renegades, and for good reason. Reed Point-Rapelje shocked the field when on Friday night they went into Hysham and beat the top-ranked and defending champion Pirates 36-20. The victory snapped Hysham’s 21-game winning streak. The Renegades will now host perennial-power Highwood in a semifinal game.