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Hamilton - Billings Central football

Hamilton's Camron Rothie dives for the pylon with Billings Central's Colter Wigley defending midway through the fourth quarter of Saturday's Class A state semifinal. Although Rothie was ruled out of bounds, he eventually scored the game-winning touchdown that lifted the Broncs to the state title game, 35-28.


Class A

• No. 2-ranked Columbia Falls received a 32-yard scoring run from Colton McPhee and a 32-yard scoring pass from Austin Green to Drew Morgan in fighting off No. 5 Sidney 17-0 in a semifinal showdown. The visiting Wildcats (8-1) also scored on a field goal from Auguste Edmond. Sidney ended its season with a 9-2 record. 

• No. 1-ranked Hamilton scored the game's final two touchdowns in rallying to upend No. 4 Billings Central 35-28 in the semifinals. Playing at home, the Broncs (10-1) got a 6-yard run from Bridger Bauder in the third quarter to tie the game. The winning points came late in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard pass from Carson Rostad to Camron Rothie. For the Rams (9-2), Joe Byorth tossed for three touchdowns, including two to Chrishon Dixon covering 40 and 29 yards. Ben Voss also supplied a 12-yard scoring run for Central, which led 28-21 at halftime.

Class B

• No. 8 Shelby continued its late-season surge, getting a fourth-quarter 5-yard touchdown pass from Aaron White to Zach Torgerson and a pivotal PAT kick from Wyatt Brusven in beating No. 10 Missoula Loyola 28-27 in a semifinal clash. The Coyotes (8-3) benefited from three TD strikes by White. Torgerson also ran for a TD. The visiting Rams (8-4) kept the game tight with two scoring passes from Scott Twite to David Koppang that covered 40 and 65 yards. Ryan Tirrell also rushed for two scores. 

• Quarterback Garrett Graves figured in four touchdowns and top-ranked and reigning state champion Eureka cruised past visiting Fairfield 31-6 in thesemifinals featuring two undefeated teams. The Eagles (10-0) received three TD passes from Graves, who also rushed for another score. Brenton Pluid was on the receiving end of two of Graves' TD passes. No. 3 Fairfield (10-1) got a 28-yard scoring run from Ryder Meyer in the first quarter.


Paul Johnstone scored four touchdowns — including two kickoff returns — and caught touchdown passes of 43 and 30 yards from quarterback Caleb Knoche as Forsyth rolled to a 50-38 win over defending champion Ennis in a semifinal. Knoche threw three touchdowns and caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Weber. Ennis quarterback Tanner Wood tossed three touchdowns and ran for a 44-yard score. Gus Dickinson caught touchdowns of 29 and 13 yards. Corbin Wood had rushing scores of 2 and 4 yards.

Colby Manley opened the game with two short scoring runs as No. 3 Drummond-Philipsburg remained undefeated by racing past visiting Circle 46-14 in the semifinals. The Titans (12-0) also took charge behind the play of Colton Grange, who passed for two TDs and rushed for another. The Wildcats (9-3) scored on a 7-yard pass from Grady Taylor to Calder Flemming and on a 6-yard run by Trey Taylor. Drummond-Philipsburg led 28-6 by halftime. 

Class C 6-Man

• Colter Zentner scored four touchdowns for third-ranked Bridger, which defeated White Sulphur Springs 64-38 in semifinal action. Bridger will play No. 1 Westby-Grenora next Saturday at Bridger, which led 50-6 at halftime. "Bridger played an excellent game. Colter Zentner is one hell of an athlete," WSS coach Barry Hedrich said. 

• Quarterback Jeremiah Paine passed for four touchdowns and ran for two more — all in the first half — as Westby-Grenora won at Valier 59-19 in a semifinal matchup between the top-ranked 6-Man teams. No. 1 Westby-Grenora improved to 12-0 and will play Bridger for a state title, while No. 2 Valier saw its season end at 10-1. The Thunder led 52-12 by intermission, with Paine's scoring passes (24, 21, 62 and 35 yards) and scoring runs (22 and 25 yards) doing the bulk of the damage. Ridge Sargent reeled in three of Paine's TD aerials, and teammate Liam Nelson also rushed for two touchdowns for the Thunder. Westby-Grenora and Bridger met in early September, with the Thunder winning 48-47 in overtime.