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 12 – state semifinal round – of the high school football season.
HOW THE TOP 10 FARED — NOV. 12
1. MISSOULA SENTINEL 10-0 (AA) beats No. 8 Glacier, 42-21
RB Adam jones scores season-best five touchdowns, three coming in first half as Spartans build 22-7 lead, and will take 21-game winning streak into ‘AA’ title game.
2. BILLINGS WEST 10-1 (AA) beats No. 6 Helena, 34-14
State title-game rematch with Sentinel set as Golden Bears offense rolls up 375 yards in first half, led by RB Michael DeLeon, to take big lead – and cruise.
3. HAMILTON 9-0 (A) hosts Fergus on Saturday
Broncs have rolled through 2021, scoring 44 or more points in every game. Meanwhile, Golden Eagles have allowed more than 14 points only twice.
4. LAUREL 9-0 (A) hosts No. 7 Polson on Saturday
Locomotives have allowed more than 17 points only once all season, and have three shutouts. But record-setting QB Jarrett Wilson has been on roll.
5. FLORENCE-CARLTON 10-0 (B) hosts Jefferson on Saturday
Falcons back in semifinals for the second consecutive season, and have won the past two meetings against Panthers – the last one in 2019 (28-15).
6. HELENA 9-3 (AA) loses to No. 2 Billings West, 34-14
By the time the Bengals get their initial first down at the end of the opening quarter, they trailed 17-0 – and never threatened in QB Kaden Huot’s final game.’
7. POLSON 9-0 (A) travels to No. 4 Laurel on Saturday
Last time these two schools played was in 2012. Both had trouble scoring, but Pirates went on to win, 9-7. Expect more points in this encounter.
8. GLACIER 8-4 (AA) loses to No. 1 Sentinel, 42-21
Defense gives up 95-yard touchdown scoring drive on Spartans’ first series of second half to go down 29-7; fullback Jake Rendina (37 yards) goes down with injury.
9. BUTTE 6-4 (AA) season is over
Bulldogs finished after ‘AA’ quarterfinal loss.
10. HELENA CAPITAL 6-4 (AA) season is over
Bruins finished after ‘AA’ quarterfinal loss.
(Photo by Darren Winberg/NBC Montana sports anchor)