Bridger's Sami Fusco

Bridger's Sami Fusco bumps the ball during the Southern C Divisional volleyball championship match at Laurel High School on Saturday. Bridger topped Roy-Winifred for the title and both advanced to next week's state tournament in Bozeman.

BRONTE WITTPENN, Gazette staff

Football

Class A

Alec Lovegren and Sawyor Thorgerson each scored two touchdowns and the offensive line dominated to help Sidney defeat Dillon 38-22 in the quarterfinals of the Class A playoffs. The fifth-ranked Eagles (9-1) will host Columbia Falls (7-1) on Nov. 11. The Wildcats upended Sidney 38-22 in last  year’s quarterfinals. Lovegren finished with 181 yards rushing and Thorgerson added 168. Sidney had 401 yards in total offense. “We won the battle at the line of scrimmage,” said Eagles head coach Roger Merritt. “When you’re able to run the ball 390 yards against a team like Dillon, you’ve got to be getting it done up front.” Sidney quarterback Jace Johnson ran for a score, passed for a score and kicked a field goal. Dillon lost quarterback Coby King to a knee injury in the first half and he did not return. The third-ranked Beavers finish 8-2 and saw their run of six straight title-game appearances stopped.

• Bridger Bauder rushed for 171 yards and Carson Rostad passed for 192 as top-ranked Hamilton eliminated Glendive 47-0 in a Class A quarterfinal. The Broncs play host to Billings Central in a semifinal game Saturday.

• Austin Green scored four touchdowns as second-ranked Columbia Falls routed Miles City 48-8 in quarterfinal action. The Wildcats travel to Sidney for a semifinal contest Saturday.

Class B

Ryder Meyer passed for one touchdown and ran for another in directing Fairfield to a 36-21 conquest over visiting Huntley Project in the quarterfinals of the Class B playoffs. Meyer passed 18 yards to Ethan Schenk for the game's first score and later added a 3-yard scoring run. The Eagles (10-0) jumped ahead 29-7 in the first half against the Red Devils (8-3). Huntley Project's Tylan Croy had a hand in two TDs. Fairfield's Kolbe Pitcher iced the game with a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown with 1:05 to play.

Garrett Graves ran for three touchdowns to begin the game and reigning state champion Eureka went on to defeat Manhattan 36-0 in the Class B quarterfinals. Top-ranked Eureka (9-0) used Graves' scoring dashes of 48, 1 and 12 yards to lead 20-0 by halftime. Graves, who had 307 total yards, also had a TD toss of 20 yards to Hank Dunn after intermission. Manhattan ended its season 7-3.

Wyatt Brusven booted a 32-yard field goal with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter to boost visiting Shelby past second-ranked and previously unbeaten Whitehall 16-13 in the Class B quarterfinals. The Coyotes (7-3) trailed the Trojans (10-1) 13-6 in the fourth quarter before quarterback Aaron White scored on a 4-yard run and Brusven followed with his game-winning field goal. Whitehall quarterback Max Feight passed for 150 yards and rushed for 42. 

• Scott Twite was 22-for-28 passing and three touchdown passes as 10th-ranked Missoula Loyola topped fourth-ranked Colstrip 27-18 in a Class B quarterfinal. The Rams ran for 117 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown run by Ryan TirrellChadd Naillon had all three scores for Colstrip, including a 99-yard run. Loyola will travel to Shelby for a semifinal game Saturday. The Rams topped Shelby 9-0 when the two teams met in Missoula in September.

8-Man

• Reigning state champion Ennis received three rushing touchdowns from Tanner Wood in beating previously unbeaten and top-ranked Belt 72-52 in the 8-Man quarterfinals. Wood had TD runs of 1, 36 and 75 yards for the fourth-ranked Mustangs (10-1). Ennis used a 36-point second quarter en route to a 44-18 halftime advantage. Hunter Vogl was responsible for three TDs for Belt (9-1).

Colton Grange had a hand in five touchdowns as undefeated and third-ranked Drummond-Philipsburg overwhelmed seventh-ranked Fairview 46-8 in the 8-Man quarterfinals. Grange notched TD runs of 23, 4 and 5 yards for the Titans (11-0). He also completed scoring passes of 8 and 50 yards to Jaxon Lee. Both teams did all of their scoring in the first half. Fairview finished 9-2.  

• Quarterback Caleb Knoche ran for two touchdowns and threw two more to Nathan Weber as Forsyth scored 28 unanswered points in the second half to down defending runner-up Charlo 50-32. All four of Knoche's touchdowns came in the second half. 

Calder Fleming scored two rushing touchdowns in Circle's 34-22 win over Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap. Grady Taylor tossed a TD pass and had a 1-yard scoring run for the victors. 

Class C 6-Man

• Top-ranked Westby-Grenora’s Brian Field had five touchdowns as the Thunder pummeled eighth-ranked West Yellowstone 59-6 in a 6-Man quarterfinal showdown in Grenora, N.D. Westby-Grenora travels to Valier for a semifinal game next week.

• Fourth-ranked White Sulphur Springs defeated fifth-ranked Wibaux 34-31 in a 6-Man quarterfinal. Will Collins led the Hornets with 12 stops, a deflection and an interception. Dawson Clayton had two touchdowns, including a fumble recovery in the end zone. White Sulphur Springs will play at top-ranked Bridger next Saturday at 1 p.m.

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• Valier's Koltin Christiaens passed for four touchdowns in a 40-7 win over Grass Range-Winnett. Colten Curry hauled in two of those scores. ... Trever VandenBos had a 3-yard scoring run and a 14-yard TD reception. 

Volleyball

• Devin Nielsen led Billings Central in assists (34), aces (3) and digs (27) to help the Rams sweep Belgrade 25-19, 25-15, 25-11 for the Eastern A championship. Olivia Moten-Schell had 15 kills, and Sydney Hawbaker and Bailey Kufeld added nine each for the Rams, who open state tournament play next weekend against Stevensville. Bailey Christensen led Belgrade with 12 kills and 14 digs. The Panthers play Whitefish in the first round of the state tourney.

• Corvallis took the long way but won the Western A title with two championship wins over Libby. Maureen Jessop had 12 kills and 19 digs in a 25-19, 25-20, 12-25, 12-25, 15-13 Corvallis win to force a second title match. There, Hannah Hutchison had 17 kills and Jessop 10 kills and 22 digs to lift the Blue Devils to a 25-21, 25-16, 22-25, 25-13 clinching win. Brooklyn Rainer had 20 kills and Jayden Winslow had 25 digs for Libby. Corvallis and Libby played 14 sets in three matches at the tournament: Libby beat Corvallis 3-2 in Friday’s undefeated semifinal. Libby will play Lewistown in the first round at state, while Corvallis takes on Glendive.

• Alana Graves led three players into double figures for kills as Huntley Project won the Southern B championship with a 25-21, 25-19, 25-20 win over Three Forks. Graves finished with 15 kills. Mollee Krum and Kamille Reynolds added 10 each for the Red Devils, who also got 14 digs from Maggie Taylor. Three Forks, which opens next week’s state tournament against Eureka, got 12 kills from Shainy Mack and 10 from Morgan Allen. Joliet and Jefferson join Project and Three Forks as Southern B representatives at state.

• Shelby won the Northern B championship with a 25-14, 20-25, 25-17, 25-17 win over Fairfield. Skyler Martin had eight kills and 16 digs to lead the Coyotes, who will play Joliet in the first round of the state tournament next week. Chesney Rogers had 18 digs and eight blocks for Fairfield, which will play Huntley Project at state.

• Jourdain Klein and Danyel Martin had 22 kills each to power Ennis past Gardiner 29-27, 21-25, 25-21, 25-16 in the championship match of the Western C divisional. Payton Fortner added 26 assists and 14 digs for the Mustangs. Brook Russell had 15 kills and Sage Cowley had 37 assists and 29 digs for Gardiner, which will open next week’s state tournament against Bridger.

• Jessica Adkins had 16 kills and Desiree Scott and Kate Aisenbrey had 13 digs each to help Bridger sweep Roy-Winifred 25-18, 25-14, 25-23 in the Southern C championship match. Bridger will play Gardiner in the first round of the state tournament, while Roy-Winifred draws Wibaux. Dyauni Boyce and Jada Goettlich led Roy-Winifred with seven kills.

• Micayla Miske had 43 kills, Jada Llewellyn assisted on 25 and sister Nakiya Llewellyn went for 33 digs as Wibaux defeated Scobey for the Eastern C divisional championship. Wibaux will play Roy-Winifred in the first round of next week’s state tournament. 

• Adrian Malek had 21 kills and Kolby Pimperton had six aces to help Belt beat Great Falls Central 17-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-12 in the second championship match of the Northern C. Morgan Cooper added 30 digs for the defending champion Huskies, who were forced into a second championship match when Great Falls Central won the first 22-25, 25-18, 29-27, 16-25, 15-10. Sara Tarum led GFC with 20 kills in the first and Bryn Anderson had 10 in the second. Tarum also finished with 53 digs in the two matches.

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