How the SBLive Power 10 Montana high school football teams fared in Week 9: Missoula Sentinel beats another ranked foe, goes into ‘AA’ playoffs as top overall seed

Each week, SBLive will rank the top 10 teams across the state of Montana regardless of classification. Here’s a look at how those teams fared in games played in Week 9 of the high school football season. 

HOW THE TOP 10 FARED — OCT. 22

1. MISSOULA SENTINEL 8-0 (AA) beats No. 7 Butte, 28-14 (Thu.)

Defending state champions will not only go into playoffs as top overall seed, but also on an 18-game winning streak; QB Zac Crews two first-half TDs.

2. BILLINGS WEST 8-1 (AA) beats No. 10 Bozeman, 35-3

After facing an early deficit, the Dowler brothers put things back in order with scores – Taco on an 80-yard kickoff return, and Caden a 77-yard catch.

3. HAMILTON 8-0 (A) beats Columbia Falls, 55-20

QB Tyson Rostad and Broncs have big second quarter (34 points), and rematch of 2018 state semifinals is one-sided affair.

4. LAUREL 8-0 (A) beats Havre, 42-7 (Thu.)

The reigning ‘A’ champions complete unbeaten regular season in style – three QB Kyson Moran first-half TD passes, including last one on final play.

5. FLORENCE-CARLTON 8-0 (B) beats Bigfork, 42-14 (Thu.)

Battle in the South ‘B’ ranks was close for a while.- until Falcons’ special teams (fake field goal, onside kick led to TDs) broke it open.

6. HELENA 7-2 (AA) beats No. 9 Capital, 21-7

What a night for DE Forrest Suero, who forces two turnovers, has two sacks – and dominate the cross-town rival; Bengals are No. 3 seed from West.

7. BUTTE 6-3 (AA) loses to No. 1 Sentinel, 28-14 (Thu.)

Against the reigning AA state champions, you can’t sputter on offense like the Bulldogs did in the first half (two turnovers, FG blocked).

8. POLSON 9-0 (A) beats Whitefish, 38-24

Pirates trailed (24-19) late in the third quarter, but ride rushing attack – and special-teams trickery with a fake punt – to take control in final quarter.

9. HELENA CAPITAL 5-4 (AA) loses to No. 6 Helena, 21-7

RB Dylan Graham’s short TD run cut it to one-score game late in third quarter, but too many missed assignments, turnovers hurt down the stretch.

10. BOZEMAN 5-4 (AA) loses to No. 2 Billings West, 35-3

Hawks led 3-0 after driving the length of the field on their opening series. After that, it was big-play Billings West controlling the action.

(Featured photo courtesy of Darren Winberg/Sports anchor for NBC Montana)

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