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Fairfield's Keeley Bake, pictured here in a game against Missoula Loyola last September, led the Eagles to a win over the Rams on Friday night in a rematch of the 2018 Class B state championship game. With Friday's win, Bake and the Eagles jumped up to the No. 1 spot in this week's high school football rankings. 

MISSOULA — This is just our second rankings of the year and already we have some significant changes.

In a battle of two of Class B's powers and a rematch of last year's title game, Fairfield topped Missoula Loyola 38-7 on Friday night. The game served as the reigning champion Eagles' opener, and they jump up to the top spot in the Class B rankings from the No. 2 spot, which is where I had them in the first rankings of the season last week

But to be fair, my Class B rankings were all over the place as most teams had yet to play their first game of the season. Or maybe I just don't know what I'm talking about. I'll leave that judgement up to you readers out there. 

But to stay with Class B, Eureka (2-0) jumped up two spots to No. 2 while Manhattan vaults up to No. 3 after a 54-14 win over Florence on Friday to open its season. The Tigers (1-0) began the season at No. 9 before playing a game but the convincing win over a good Florence team plus some input from my colleague in Billings, Victor Flores, has me seeing the Tigers as a legitimate team in Class B. Loyola (1-1) drops to No. 4 while Huntley Project (1-1) stays put at No. 5. 

My top four teams in Class AA stay put, led by Billings West (2-0). The Golden Bears topped Kalispell Flathead 48-7 on Friday night. Helena (2-0) cracks the rankings at No. 5 after a hot start to the season, including a 19-0 win over Belgrade in Week 2. 

The top four teams in the Class A ranks also remain the same with Hamilton (2-0) leading the charge. The Broncs topped fellow Bitterroot Valley foe Corvallis 47-7 for their second win of the year. After playing a close game with second-ranked Billings Central, Lewistown (1-1) replaces Polson at No. 5 in the rankings. 

The top five teams in 8-Man also stay the same with Fairview ranked No. 1 still. The Warriors beat Culbertson 54-14 on Friday. Circle (2-0) makes its rankings debut at No. 7 while Centerville (2-0) jumps two spots to No. 8 as well.

Wibaux (2-0) remains as the No. 1 team in the 6-Man rankings with a 70-0 win over Bainville. The top four teams stay put while Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap (2-0) jumps one spot to No. 5. White Sulphur Springs (1-1) drops one place to No. 6 after a close loss to No. 4 Richey-Lambert (2-0). 

Here are the full rankings:

Class AA

1. Billings West (2-0)

2. Butte (2-0)

3. Helena Capital (2-0)

4. Missoula Sentinel (2-0)

5. Helena (2-0) (Not ranked last week)

Class A

1. Hamilton (2-0)

2. Billings Central (1-0)

3. Laurel (1-0)

4. Frenchtown (2-0)

5. Lewistown (1-1) (Not ranked last week)

Class B

1. Fairfield (1-0) (+1)

2. Eureka (2-0) (+2)

3. Manhattan (1-0) (+6)

4. Missoula Loyola (1-1) (-3)

5. Huntley Project (1-1)

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6. Red Lodge (2-0) (+1)

7. Townsend (1-0) (+1)

8. Glasgow (1-0) (+2)

9. Florence (1-1) (-3)

10. Big Timber (1-1) (Not ranked last week)

8-Man

1. Fairview (2-0)

2. Shelby (2-0)

3. Clark Fork/Alberton-Superior (2-0)

4. Great Falls Central (2-0)

5. Flint Creek/Drummond-Philipsburg (1-1)

6. Fort Benton (2-0)

7. Circle (2-0) (Not ranked last week)

8. Centerville (2-0) (+2)

9. Seeley-Swan (2-0) (Not ranked last week)

10. Park City (2-0) (Not ranked last week)

6-Man

1. Wibaux (2-0)

2. Big Sandy (2-0)

3. Hot Springs (2-0)

4. Richey-Lambert (2-0)

5. Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap (2-0) (+1)

6. White Sulphur Springs (1-1) (-1)

7. Power-Dutton-Brady (2-0)

8. Westby-Grenora (2-0)

9. Shields Valley (2-0) (+1)

10. Jordan (1-1) (Not ranked last week)

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Kyle Hansen covers Griz men's basketball and more for the Missoulian and 406mtsports.com. Email him at kyle.hansen@406mtsports.com or follow him on Twitter at @khansen406

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