SBLive Montana is previewing the Top 10 high school football teams in the state ahead of the 2021 season. Here’s an inside look at the Billings Senior Broncs of the ‘AA’ West Region – No. 65in our countdown.
2020 IN REVIEW
8-2 (second place in ‘AA’ East Region); lost in ‘AA’ semifinals.
- Chris Murdock, 10th season.
- Overall record: 69-33.
- Quick fact: Back-to-back unbeaten seasons in 2016 and 2017 – 13-0 records in each year – brought consecutive AA titles home to the Billings public school.
Why change what works?
Billings Senior coach Chris Murdock doesn’t plan on it.
“We’ll be very similar to last year,” Murdock said. “We run the ball and play physical. We talk about imposing our will on teams.”
Many of the faces will look different from the team that made a run to the semifinals in 2020. Billings Senior does return three all-state players from SBLive Montana’s preseason team, including 1,000-yard rusher Jacob Miller.
Those players don’t even include the guy Murdock says could be the Broncs best player – Malikye Simpson.
“He really is a football player,” Murdock said of his shutdown cornerback. “He’s the one, you put him on whomever and he can cover them.”
In addition, Simpson also has speed that makes him a serious threat returning punts and kicks.
Still, on the surface there are questions to answer.
“A lot of leadership graduated,” Murdock said. “We’re pretty young. We are good up front. But one thing you’d maybe be concerned with, we’re not bringing back a quarterback.”
Except he has an experienced option on the roster – senior Christian Emineth.
“He started as a sophomore,” Murdock said. “And runs the offense well.”
Aug. 26 vs. Butte
Sept. 3 at Helena
Sept. 10 at Skyview
Sept. 16 vs. Gallatin
Sept. 24 at Russell
Oct. 1 at Bozeman
Oct. 8 vs. Billings West
Oct. 15 vs. Great Falls
Oct. 22 at Belgrade