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 11 – state quarterfinal round – of the high school football season.
HOW THE TOP 10 FARED — NOV. 5
1. MISSOULA SENTINEL 9-0 (AA) beats Great Falls, 35-0
Not sure how you can be more dominant than the Spartans were Friday in extending to 19-game winning streak. They held Bison to 2 yards – and no first downs.
2. BILLINGS WEST 9-1 (AA) beats No. 9 Helena Capital, 49-28
Michael DeLeon has big night (five TD runs), but it was big-boy drive at end of first half (96 yards in three minutes) that gave Golden Bears lead for good (21-14).
3. HAMILTON 8-0 (A) hosts Custer County/Miles City on Saturday
Broncs come off the bye and get Cowboys’ squad that had to hold off Columbia Falls’ fourth-quarter rally last weekend.
4. LAUREL 8-0 (A) hosts Custer County/Miles City on Saturday
Locomotives take on Broncs, who defeated Whitefish, 24-13, in opening round. Teams met last season in a game that Laurel won, 35-13.
5. FLORENCE-CARLTON 9-0 (B) hosts Columbus on Saturday
Falcons had no problem with one-win Cut Bank; now get an 8-1 Cougars team that beat Baker, 50-8, in the first round.
6. HELENA 9-2 (AA) beats No. 10 Bozeman, 42-7
Not this time! After back-to-back playoff losses to the Hawks, Helena grabs 28-0 first-half lead behind QB Kaden Huot (two TD passes, one rushing score).
7. BUTTE 6-4 (AA) loses to Glacier, 35-26
Had just beaten the Wolfpack (20-17) a month ago. But Glacier blocked game-tying PAT kick with three minutes to go, and Jake Turner ices it with 51-yard score.
8. POLSON 8-0 (A) hosts Billings Central Catholic on Saturday
Pirates got a week to sit and watch before getting a 7-2 Rams team and its powerful run game, coming off a first-round rout of Libby, 54-12.
9. HELENA CAPITAL 6-4 (AA) loses to No. 2 Billings West, 49-28
Bruins get two early stops, score a pair of touchdowns in three-minute span, capped by Anthony Bouchard’s 17-yard score, to take 14-0 lead. Then wheels fell off.
10. BOZEMAN 5-5 (AA) loses to No. 6 Helena, 42-7
Had its fair share of chances driving into Helena territory, but could not find the promised land – until the fourth quarter when the game was out of hand.
(Photo by Darren Winberg/Sports anchor for NBC Montana)