(Editor’s note: this article will be updated with scores and highlights at the end of the games)
Park City 48, Joliet 34
After a back and forth during Friday night’s first half, Park City scored 28 unanswered points in nearly 21 minutes before heading to the top-ranked Joliet on the road, 48-34.
After allowing a Joliet score to give the J-Hawks a 26-20 lead with 2:42 left in the first half, the Panthers put in a big play to take the lead before half-time. Jacob Gauthier found Wyatt Hamilton who sprinted down the left sideline for 57 yards to give Park City a 28-26 lead at the break.
The Panthers then roamed the field in the first possession of the third quarter before a wild play gave Park City six points. Gauthier rolled to his right, trying to pass before returning the ball and running. He was touched and felt for the ball in the end zone, where Colby Coleman fell on it for a Panther touchdown. The two-point conversion gave Park City a two-possession lead, 36-26.
A pair of interceptions from Joliet quarterback Hayden Ward led to rushed touchdowns by Hamilton and Gauthier to effectively sideline the game midway through the fourth quarter.
Both teams went scoreless from the start. Less than a minute into the game, Rye Brastrup made his way from 10 yards to give Joliet a 6-0 lead. Park City, however, responded immediately with a touchdown pass from Jacob Gauthier to Eyan Jordet.
Brastrup would find dirt on the pitch again, but Gauthier and Hamilton’s first connection at 10 yards tied the game at 14 all. Ward hit Paxton McQuillan to give Joliet the lead, 20-14, but a 39-yard run from Stockton Zimdars less than two and a half minutes later brought Park City back in front, 22-20. Brastrup’s third score in the first half gave Joliet a brief lead and were the J-Hawks’ last points until a 43-yard touchdown pass from Ward to Seth Bailey.
Joliet drops to 4-1, 3-1 8-Man South, while Park City improves to 4-1, 3-0.
Simms 41, Fort Benton 29
SIMMS â In an undefeated team match in 8-Man North, the Fort Benton Longhorns and Simms Tigers did not disappoint in their straightforward physical approach.
Senior running back Andrew Ballantyne scored twice in the first half for the Longhorns to have the 22-14 advantage, but in the second half the Tigers kept their engine at home for the senior day as they allow just one more score in the second half and cruise to 41-29 victory.
Luckily for Fort Benton, next week they’ll have another shot at the Tigers for the divisional championship as they host Simms at home next Saturday.
8 player scores
Alberton-SupÃ©rieur 74, Seeley-Swan 20
Belt 58, Shelby 8
Chinook 48, Choteau 18
Culbertson 49, Ekalaka 20
Solitary Woodpecker 38, Ennis 36
Scobey 66, Forsyth 6
Saint Ignatius 56, Darby 6
Thompson Falls 61, Arlee 24
Westby-Grenora 42, Lodge Grass 6