Friday, August 28, 2020
Wildcats rally past Pirates
Daily Inter Lake
COLUMBIA FALLS – Mason Peters threw for four touchdowns Friday, three in a blistering second half that rallied the host Wildcats past Polson 48-28 in a Northwestern A football battle.
Columbia Falls trailed 28-14 in the third quarter of its season opener, after Polson quarterback Jarett Wilson threw touchdown passes of 65, 80 and 48 yards, then added a 1-yard scoring run.
After Wilson’s rushing TD, Isaiah Roth returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a score, and that seemed to spark the host Wildcats. They scored the final 34 points of the game, going ahead on a 33-yard pass from Peters to Taylor Bryan – his second TD reception.
Cody Schweikert had two scoring runs for Columbia Falls. His 4-yarder capped the scorikng with 1:30 left.
Polson 6 16 6 0 – 28
Col. Falls 7 7 13 21 – 48
P – Colton Graham 65 pass from Wilson (pass failed)
CF – Cade Morgan pass from Mason Peters (kick good)
P – Graham 80 pass from Wilson (PAT good)
P – Ethan McCauley 48 pass from Wilson (kick failed)
CF – Cody Schweikert 3 run (kick good)
P – Wilson 1 run (PAT failed)
CF – Isaiah Roth 84 kickoff return (kick good)
CF – Taylor Bryan 10 pass from Peters (kick failed)
CF – Bryan 33 pass from Peters (kick good)
CF – Roth 37 pass from Peters (kick good)
CF – Schweikert 4 run (kick good)
Pirates reset records despite season-opener road loss
BY JOHN HEGLIE
For the Leader
At Columbia Falls, the visiting Pirates played an evenly matched first frame, but Polson double up their advantage 28-14 when Jarrett Wilson scored on a quarterback keeper early in the third period.
At that juncture of the contest, the Pirates seemed to have the harnass in hand for steering the momentum of the contest in their favor.
But the host Wildcats countered with an 84 yard kickoff return that provided the spark that ignited the engine of their offense. A subsequent scoring reception would pulled the hosts within one.
Thereafter, Columbia Falls would score thrice during the final frame to culminate the rally, while the Pirates were denied from crafting a response in kind. Multiple conversions on long yardage situations kept drives alive that ordinarily would have gravitated toward a change of possession. Much like the proverbial idiom about felines, these Cats managed to parlay some of these figurative lives when they teetered on the brink, wriggling out of predicaments by transforming lulls and hiccups into productive scenarios that they were then able to capitalize upon.
Pirate head grid coach Kaden Glinsmann commented, “I think we were able to come out and start fast, [but] our youth and inexperience showed in trying to put the game away late. …Up two possessions, [we] weren’t able to finish. We give a ton of credit to Columbia Falls – they were competitors – they battled back and made plays when they needed to.”
Not to be overlooked in the loss was the setting of a tandem of school single game records, according to master miner of minutiae Brian Reed, Class A sports stat archivist extraordinaire.
At the passing end of the spectrum, Jarrett Wilson’s outing of over 400 yards eclipsed the 310 yard mark set by Craig Bagnell against Stevensville back in 2007. Bagnell
is now the head football coach of the NCAA D2 University of Mary Marauders. Not bad for a debut by the sophomore, a somewhat new position for him after being a receiver last season. One would be inclined to surmise that young protege Wilson paid closer attention to the coaching of his father than he let on, long time Polson head grid coach Scott Wilson, who himself played quarterback back in the day.
At the receiving end of the spectrum, Colton Graham’s dozen or more receptions for 250+ yards surpassed the 248 mark set by Matthew Rensvold against Columbia Falls back in 2016 (Fr14Oct16). Rensvold is now part of the receiving corps among the football roster of the University of Montana Grizzlies.
The Pirates host a visit from the Whitefish Bulldogs this Friday, September 4.
Columbia Falls 48, Polson 28
Polson (0-1), C-Falls (1-0)
Polson 6 16 6 0 – 28
C-Falls 7 7 13 21 – 48
P – Colton Graham 65 pass from Jarrett Wilson (pass incomplete)
CF – Cade Morgan pass from Mason Peters (Niels Getts kick)
P – Graham 80 pass from J.Wilson (Graham pass from J.Wilson)
P – Ethan McCauley 48 pass from J.Wilson (Graham pass from J.Wilson)
CF – Cody Schweikert 3 run (Getts kick) P – J.Wilson 1 run (pass incomplete)
CF – Isaiah Roth 84 kickoff return (Getts kick) CF – Taylor Bryan 10 pass from Peters (kick failed)
CF – Bryan 33 pass from Peters (Getts kick)
CF – Roth 37 pass from Peters (Getts kick)
CF – Schweikert 4 run (Getts kick)
RUSH – P (J.Wilson , Trent Wilson ), CF(Peters 8-104).
PASS – P(J.Wilson 32-53-444-1), CF(Peters 23-41-347-1).
REC – P-Graham 12-251, McCauley 3-61, Xavier Fisher 7-55.
Friday, September 4, 2020
Polson gridders slip past Whitefish, 14-7
By JOHN HEGLIE
Special for the Leader
The Polson Pirates held off visiting Whitefish in a 14-7 win last Friday.
The game featured multiple momentum sapping defensive plays along with some impressive outbursts of offense. An early Whitefish drive unraveled when senior lineman Ethan Cunningham recovered a Bulldog fumble.
The Pirates scored when Jarrett Wilson found Xavier Fisher for the first tally of the game. Whitefish stopped conversion run.
The Bulldogs were on the march again, reeling off reams of real estate as they infringed upon the Pirate half of the field. But senior defensive back Jony Perez picked off a pass that reversed the course of possession back to his Pirate mates.
The second Pirate scoring drive again featured Fisher as the target for both six and the conversion for a 14-0 Polson lead.
Early in the second half, Whitefish countered with a long run by Jack Alton with ensuring PAT to cut the Pirate lead in half.
The ensuing Pirate drive would feature an impressive 50-yard reception by Alex Muzquiz. But a promising drive would fizzle with a fumble on fourth and one in the red zone.
Whitefish would harnass the shift in momentum as they marched down the field to the five yard line for a game tying drive. Timing couldn’t have been better when senior defensive back Boston Goode pilfered the incoming pass and returned an interception 92-yard to the Bulldogs 4. But the drive would dissolve when the Pirate were unable to capitalize, turning the ball over on downs.
A couple of possessions would seesaw back and fourth.
Whitefish was in the midst of a sustained drive to tie the contest with 90 seconds remaining. Ridgway would complete a long pass to Schlauch for what would have yield a first down. But before the Bulldog receiver could tuck the ball away, DB Jarrett Wilson would reach in and strip him off the ball, the Pirates taking over possession. They would run out the remainder of the clock to secure their first win of the season.
The game was an early Senior Night honoring of players on account of pandemic uncertainties: Ethan Cunningham, Boston Goode, Trevor Lake, Denzel Lefthand, AJ Mathewson, Jony Perez, Caleb Pierre, Hunter Pittsley, Weston Sansone, JC Steele and manager Mackinly Corrigan.
Polson 14, Whitefish 7 Polson (1-1), Whitefish (0-2)
Whitefish 0 0 7 0 – 7
Polson 6 8 0 0 – 14
P – Xavier Fisher 10 pass from Jarrett Wilson (run stopped after pass rec)
P – X.Fisher 26 pass from J.Wilson (X.Fisher pass from J.Wilson)
W – Jack Alton 55 run (Jaxsen Schlauch kick)
RUSH – W (Alton 21-141), P9-44 (J.Wilson 6-29, X.Fisher 2-12, JC Steele 1-3).
PASS – W (Finn Ridgeway 12-26-97), P26-227 (J.Wilson 25-35-219-1, Co.Graham 1-1-8).
REC – W(Schlauch 4-45), P24-219 (X.Fisher 7-68, Alex Muzquiz 4-61, Robert Perez 7-44, JC Steele 1-20, Colton Graham 3-14, Ethan McCauley 3-12, J.Wilson 1-8).
INT – W1(Bodie Smith), P(Boston Goode 1-92, Jony Perez 1-20).
PD – W(B.Smith). FR – P(Ethan Cunningham, J.Perez).
SK – W(), P(Trent Dwelle).
TFL – P(Dwelle). (Fr04Sep20)
Polson defense steps up
Polson 14, Whitefish 7
Polson Individual Stats
24/35 249 yards 2 TD 1 Int
Xavier Fisher- 7-68 2 TD
Robert Perez- 7-44
Ethan McCauley 3-12
Colton Graham 3-14
Alex Muzquiz 4-61
Jarrett Wilson 1-8
JC Steele 1-20
Jarrett Wilson 6-29
JC Steele 1-3
Xavier Fisher 2-12
No other info at this time
Friday, September 11, 2020
Pirates prevail on Perez pair pass plucks
BY JOHN HEGLIE
Special for the Leader
At Browning, the visiting Pirates of Polson and the host Indians were locked in a tight gridiron grapple in the first half. After the Pirates got on the board in the first quarter with a short yardage Robert Perez reception, the Indians countered with a run early in the second period to knot the contest at a half dozen apiece.
Polson had another promising red zone penetration early in the first half, but were unable to convert on fourth down deep in Browning territory, after which the Indians took over on downs.
Just before the end of the first half, Polson was able to create some separation with a tally to take a 12-6 lead at the break when Jony Perez reeled in a three yarder from Jarrett Wilson.
After a scoreless third quarter, the Pirates went up by two scores for an 18-6 lead on another redzone completion to Jony Perez.
Browning would round out the scoring on a pass play of their own, but
would be unable to close the gap further when the Pirate defense denied further incursions.
Pirate head grid coach Kaden Glinsmann was upbeat about the tough road win when he commented, “I love the way our young men battled. They fought through a ton of adversity and we became a closer team because of it.”
Polson is slated to host the Ronan Chiefs in another rendition of their annual Rez rivalry wrangle rendezvous this Friday, air quality permitting.
Polson 18, Browning 12
Polson (2-1), Browning (0-3)
Polson 6 6 0 6 – 18
Browning 0 6 0 6 – 12
P – Robert Perez 5 pass from Jarrett Wilson (run short)
B – Cody Boggs 3 run (pass incomplete)
P – Jony Perez 3 pass from J. Wilson (pass incomplete)
P – J.Perez 15 pass from J.Wilson (pass incomplete)
B – Blayne DeRoche 2 pass from Jesse Carlson (run failed)
RUSH – P16-67 (Keyen Nash 8-49, J.Wilson 5-12, Ethan McCauley 2-5, JC Steele 1-1), B27-120 (Cody Boggs 16-92, J.Carlson 10-31).
PASS – P(Jarrett Wilson 28-45-297-0), B
(Jesse Carlson 12-21-165-2). REC – P28-297 (Jony Perez 14-153, JC Steele 9-99, Robert Perez 4-21, Braunson Henriksen 1-14), B14-174 (Cody Carlson 7-92, Blayne DeRoche 4-53).
INT – P(J.Wilson, Boston Goode).
PD – P1(Goode), B2. FR – P2(Caleb Pierre, Brenden Griffin). FF – P2(Jony Perez, Bra.Henricksen), B1(Kittson). TFL – P8(J.Perez 3, C.Pierre 1½, T.Dwelle 1, H.Pittsley 1, Bra.Henriksen 1, A.O’Roake ½), B1(DeRoche). TKL/AST – P24t21a(Trent Dwelle 6t3a, J.Wilson 5t2a, Jony Perez 4t1a, Bra.Henriksen 4t1a, Hunter Pittsley 2t4a, Trent Wilson 5a, Caleb Pierre 1t1a, Steele 1t1a, R.Perez 1t1a, B.Goode 1a, Aaron O’Roake 1a), B35t23a (Chance Kittson 4t4a, Maurice RedHorn 4t3a).
Polson tops Browning
Polson posted an 18-12 win over Browning on the road as quarterback Jarrett Wilson threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns. Keyen Nash had 39 rushing yards and Jonny Perez 142 receiving yards. Hunter Pittsley, Trent Dwelle and Perez each had five tackles for Polson. The Pirates moved to 2-1 in the conference and overall.
Polson 6 6 0 6 – 18
Browning 0 6 0 6 – 12
Jarrett Wilson 309 yards TDS 3
Jarrett Wilson 35
Ethan McCauley 2
Keyen Nash 39
JC Steele 1
Rob Perez 27
JC Steele 99
Jonny Perez 142
Braunson Hendreckson 26
Colter Wilson -5
Boston Goode 20
Total Yards: 386
Hunter Pittsley 5
Trent Dwelle 5
Jony Perez 5
Jony Perez 1
Braunson Hendreckson 1
Jarrett Wilson 1
Boston Goode 1
Friday, September 18,2020
Huge Friday night for Polson QB
By Daily Inter Lake
POLSON – Sophomore quarterback Jarrett Wilson threw for 439 yards and five touchdowns and ran for another score Friday to help Polson down Ronan 52-34 in a Northwestern A football game.
Wilson fired TD passes covering 3 yards to Jony Perez and 1 yard and 2 yards to Xavier Fisher as the Pirates (3-1 in league and overall) pulled away from a 28-26 edge in the third quarter. Fisher’s last TD made it 52-28 in the fourth.
Wilson also hit Colton Graham with TD passes covering 35 and 60 yards in the first half; Graham had 12 catches for 246 yards. Wilson completed 28 of 46 passes and was intercepted twice, and ran the ball 17 times for 120 yards.
Still, Ronan (1-3, 1-3) was able to pull to 28-26 on Daniel Kelsch’s 3-yard scoring pass to Daniel Bishop. Kelsch also found Colter Cornwell and Trapper McCallister with touchdown passes covering 13 and 6 yards.
McCallister also ran for a touchdown, as did Kelsch for Ronan.
Final: Ronan 34 Polson 52
Ronan 8 12 8 6 – 34
Polson 14 14 8 16 – 52
Polson- Jarrett Wilson | Run (0-6)
Polson-Boston Goode | Run (0-14)
Ronan-Colter Cornwell | 13 yard pass from Daniel Kelsch (8-14)
Polson-Colton Graham | 35 yard pass from J. Wilson (8-22)
Ronan-Trapper McCallister | Run (14-22)
Ronan-Trapper McCallister | 6yd Pass from D Kelsch (20-22)
Polson-Colton Graham 60 yard pass from J. Wilson (20-28)
Ronan-Daniel Bishop | 3 yard pass from D Kelsch (26-28)
Polson-Jony Perez | 3 yard Pass from J Wilson (26-36)
Ronan – Safety from Penalty flag in end zone (illegal block in back) (28-36)
Polson- Xavier Fisher | 1 yard pass from J Wilson (28-44)
Polson-Xavier Fisher | 2 yard pass from J Wilson (28-52)
Ronan-D. Kelsch | 2 yard run (34-52)
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Libby wins big over Polson
By Daily Inter Lake
LIBBY — Special teams and Dawson Young played major roles in Libby’s big 42-6 win over Polson in a key Western A football game Friday.
Young ran for 270 yards and two touchdowns — and after his first 5-yard scoring run, the Loggers executed a successful onside kick. They took advantage with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jay Beagle to Ryder Davis and a 14-0 lead at 5:21 of the first quarter.
Davis had a huge game with three touchdowns. When Libby’s defense held he returned the ensuing punt 43 yards, setting up a 4-yard TD run by Ryker McElmurry.
After Polson got on the board via a 20-yard interception return by Trent Wilson, the lead grew to 28-6 on Young’s second TD.
Before the half ended Davis returned another punt 51 yards, this time for a touchdown; in the third quarter he scored Libby’s final TD on a 39-yard run. Davis had 73 yards rushing. Libby racked up 419 yards, 370 of it on the ground.
Young got in on the special teams show with a 58-yard, field-flipping punt. He also completed a 33-yard halfback pass.
Libby improved to 4-1 in league and overall. Polson fell to 3-2, with sophomore quarterback Jarrett Wilson limited to 158 passing yards and no touchdowns. He also ran for 43 yards.
Polson 6 0 0 0 – 6
Libby 20 14 8 0 – 42
L – Dawson Young 5 run (Aydan Williams kick)
L – Ryder Davis 20 pass from Jay Beagle (Williams kick)
L – Ryker McElmurry 4 run (kick blocked)
P – Trent Wilson 20 interception (pass failed)
L – Young 5 run (Beagle run)
L – Davis 51 punt return (pass failed)
L – Davis 39 run (Young run)
Polson vs Libby (Libby, MT)
Polson stats only
Jarrett 158 y
R. Perez 14 y
C. Graham 40 y
Fisher 29 y
Steele 12 y
J. Perez 19 y
Jarrett Wilson: 43 yds
Total passing yards is 158.
Total rushing is 43
Polson Scoring Plays:
Trent Wilson interception for touchdown
Friday, October 2, 2020
Behind Tel Arthur, Frenchtown keeps alive playoff hopes by outlasting Polson in offensive shootout
FRANK GOGOLA Missoulian [email protected]
FRENCHTOWN — Frenchtown running back Tel Arthur flexed his arms as he ran to the sideline alongside quarterback Wyatt Hayes, who repeated the phrase, “You can’t hold this,” while pointing at Arthur.
Polson struggled to hold down the senior, who ran for a personal-best four touchdowns, including three in the final 13 minutes, to help the Broncs keep alive their playoff hopes with a 56-46 home win Friday in a game that had playoff implications and a playoff feel as the teams traded offensive jabs.
“Every game now is win or go home,” Arthur said, later crediting his fellow offensive players for helping him run over the Polson defense. “You can’t take a snap off. You just got to keep pushing through and try to get the win.”
It’s Frenchtown’s biggest win of the season after coming up short against a pair of top-five teams, losing 21-6 to Hamilton and 20-13 to Dillon with its defense giving up just 21 points across those games. The Broncs moved into a tie for fourth place in the Western A, which will be sending only four teams to the playoffs this year, with three weeks to play.
There’s now a three-way tie for the fourth and final spot between Frenchtown, Columbia Falls and Whitefish, all of whom are 4-2. Polson is now on the outside looking in with a 3-3 record and sitting seventh in the conference.
“Every game feels big,” Frenchtown coach Ryne Nelson said. “If we lose even one, there’s a good chance we miss out on the playoffs. So, I was proud of the grit and the never-quit attitude the team showed.”
Arthur came up big down the stretch as the coaches had trust in him and continued feeding him the ball. His 1-yard touchdown run in the final 30 seconds of the third quarter put the Broncs up 42-30.
After Polson scored on a 10-yard pass from Jarrett Wilson to Colton Graham, one of their three touchdown connections, Arthur danced for 56 yards on the next series and capped it off with a 3-yard touchdown run to extend Frenchtown’s lead to 49-38. Wilson finished with five touchdown passes, two interceptions and one touchdown run, completing 39 of 60 passes for 428 yards.
Another 10-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Graham, this time on fourth down, cut Frenchtown’s lead to 49-46, but Arthur carried the load and the Broncs ran down the clock before he scored on a 6-yard run to put them up 56-46 with 1:20 to play.
“We just dug deep,” Arthur said. “Just knowing that our defense needs some help and it wasn’t clicking tonight on defense, so the offense just had to keep scoring, putting up points, putting up yards and helping them out.”
Frenchtown jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a defensive touchdown and a 6-yard run from Peyton Hicks. The Broncs pushed it to 21-7 when Arthur ran for a 5-yard score following Polson’s first touchdown on a Wilson scramble.
The Pirates answered to take a 22-21 lead on a 51-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Xavier Fisher and a 47-yard pass from Wilson to Graham. That would be their final lead.
Frenchtown senior Devin Shelton gave the Broncs the lead for good when he caught a 12-yard pass from Hayes for a touchdown in the final minute of the first half, had an interception on the next series, opened the third quarter by intercepting another pass and then caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Hayes two plays later to put the Broncs ahead 35-22.
“Our offense was lights out,” Nelson said. “Our defense, we have some work to do.
Frenchtown 56, Polson 46
Polson; 0 22 8 16 – 46
Ftown 14 14 14 14 – 56
F – Cole Stenerson fumble recovery in end zone (Brandin Finley PAT)
F – Peyton Hicks 6 run (Finley PAT)
P – Jarrett Wilson 5 run (2 pt conversion no good)
F – Tel Arthur 5 run (Finley PAT)
P – Xavier Fisher 51 pass from Wilson (Wilson 2 pt conversion)
P – Colton Graham 47 pass from Wilson (Wilson 2 pt conversion)
F – Devin Shelton 12 pass from Wyatt Hayes (Finley PAT)
F – Shelton 6 pass from Hayes (Finley PAT)
P – Boston Goode 6 pass from Wilson (Wilson 2 pt conversion)
F – Arthur 2 run (Finley PAT)
P – Graham 12 pass from Wilson (Wilson 2 pt conversion)
F – Arthur 3 run (Finley PAT)
P – Graham 10 pass from Wilson (Wilson 2 pt conversion)
F – Arthur 6 run (Finley PAT)
Friday, October 9, 2020
Bigfork outguns Pirates on gridiron
BY JOHN HEGLIE, Special for the Leader
Following some cancellations and some quick rescheduling, Class B Bigfork and Class A Polson met in a unique non-conference matchup Friday night between contrasting styles of offense: the prolific passing attack of the Pirates versus the grinding ground attack of the Vikings. Ultimately Bigfork pulled off the win, 54-40, dashing Polson’s hopes of homecoming victory.
Defenses on both squads would benefit from the workout: Bigfork with an opportunity to refine their pass defense, while Polson could work on hunkering down to slow down the run. Pirates quarterback Jarrett Wilson entered the contest with over 2,000 yards passing, while Bigfork running back Cormac Benn had already surpassed 1,000 yards rushing.
Wilson connected with his receivers for a score in the first quarter, while Benn galloped the gridiron to pay dirt. The contest was knotted even after one.
The Vikings gained separation during the middle periods with a quartet of Benn rumbles along with a Levi Taylor short-yarder. The Pirates countered with receptions by Colton Graham, Boston Goode and Robert Perez.
Containment issues likely doubled the gains by runners Benn and Taylor. Both picked up close to half their cumulative totals on a handful of carries with sharp field vision for exploiting seams and utilizing blockers to maximum effect.
Toward the close of the second period, Taylor broke free for a run twothirds the length of the field, only to be barely tracked down just short of the end zone by Boston Goode. A strategic fumble recovery by Robert Perez ground another earlier Viking drive to a halt.
The Pirates outscored the Vikings during the final frame, but by that time the battle was not only against Bigfork, but also the clock.
This was the fourth game that Jarrett Wilson has thrown for over 400 yards. His 40 or so completions were the most this season, eclipsing the previous mark when he threw for a school record 444 yards at the start of the season against Columbia Falls.
Wilson has forged such a connection with his receiving corps that he even factored himself into the mix unintentionally during fourth-quarter action when he caught his own conversion pass attempt after it was deflected back into his hands.
The Pirates now turn their attention toward preparing for the Butte Central Maroons, who picked up their first win after having to similarly improvise a reschedule against the Park Rangers when their originally scheduled match with Browning was cancelled on account of COVID-19 precautions.
Bigfork 54, Polson 40 NWA Polson (3-3, 3-4), West.B Bigfork (4-2, 5-2) Bigfork 8 – 24 – 16 – 6 – 54 Polson 8 – 12 – 6 – 14 – 40 P – Xavier Fisher 11 pass from Jarrett Wilson (R.Perez pass from J.Wilson) B – Cormac Benn 2 run (Benn run) B – Benn 9 run (Isaac Bjorge pass from Isak Epperly) P – Colton Graham
5 pass from J.Wilson (pass incomplete) B – Benn 1 run (Wyatt Herd run) P – Boston Goode 22 pass from J.Wilson (pass incomplete) B – Levi Taylor 2 run (L.Taylor run) B – Benn 4 run (Patrick Wallen run) B – Benn 47 run (L.Taylor pass from *Wallen) P – Robert Perez 4 pass from J.Wilson (run stopped after J.Wilson pass deflected to himself) P – Graham 5 pass from J.Wilson ( pass incomplete) B – L.Taylor 8 run (pass incomplete) P – B.Goode 23 pass from J.Wilson (R.Perez pass from J.Wilson) RUSH – B67-664 (C.Benn 38-381, L.Taylor 20-271), P10-77 (J.Wilson 9-79, B. Goode 1-(-2)). PASS – B (P.Wallen 1-3-0-1), P(J.Wilson 41-54-438-1). RECEIVE – B1-0 (I.Bjorge 1-0), P41-438 (C.Graham 14-160, B.Goode 7-100, X.Fisher 8-67, R.Perez 4-52, Alex Muzquiz 6-48, Jony Perez 2-11).
Bigfork 8 24 16 6 — 54
Polson 8 12 6 14 — 40
P – Xavier Fisher 12 pass from Jarrett Wilson (PAT run good)
B – Cormac Benn 1 run (PAT run good)
B – Benn 9 run (PAT pass good)
P – Colton Graham 5 pass from Wilson (PAT pass no good)
B – Benn 1 run (PAT run good)
P – Boston Goode 22 pass from Wilson (PAT pass no good)
B – Levi Taylor 2 run (PAT run no good)
B – Benn 5 run (PAT run no good)
B – Benn 47 run (PAT pass good)
P – Robert Perez 4 pass from Wilson (PAT pass good)
P – Graham 5 pass from Wilson (PAT pass no good)
B – Taylor 4 run (PAT pass no good)
P – Goode 23 pass from Wilson (PAT pass good)
RUSHING: Bigfork (67-664) — Benn 38-381, Taylor 20-271, Wyatt Herd 3-21; Polson (11-71) — Wilson 10-74.
PASSING: Bigfork — Patrick Wallen 3-1-1 for 0 yards; Polson — Wilson 56-41-1 for 438 yards.
RECEIVING: Bigfork — Taylor 0-0, Isaac Bjorge 0-0; Polson — Graham 14-160, Goode 7-100, Fisher 8-67, R. Perez 4-62, Alex Muzquiz 6-48, Jony Perez 2-11.
Homecoming: Benn, Bigfork beat Class A Polson in ad hoc meeting
By Daily Inter Lake
POLSON — Cormac Benn rushed for five touchdowns as the Class B Bigfork Vikings beat Class A opponent Polson Pirates 54-40 on Friday.
Polson (3-4) was scheduled to play Stevensville but the school shut down all activities due to coronavirus concerns. Likewise for Anaconda, who would have been Bigfork’s opponent. That game is rescheduled for Oct. 16.
Benn rushed 38 times for 381 yards, accounting for most of the Vikings’ total offense (664 yards), which was all on the ground.
Polson took the opposite approach, electing to go to the air.
Quarterback Jarrett Wilson had 41 completions for 438 yards and six touchdowns. His longest TD pass was 23 yards to Boston Goode in the fourth quarter.
Of the Pirates’ 509 total yards, just 71 were rushing.
Bigfork (5-2) led 32-20 at the half off two 1-yard and a 9-yard run by Benn and a 2-yard score by Levi Taylor. The Vikings outscored the Pirates 22-20 the rest of the way.
Benn added two more runs (5 and 47 yards) in the second half, followed by a 4-yard TD run by Taylor.
Wilson threw for three more scores in the back half of the game to three different receivers: Robert Perez, Goode, and Colton Graham.
Both teams had just one turnover.
Thursday, October15, 2020
Pirates surge past Maroons
BY JOHN HEGLIE, Special for the Leader
Polson’s football matchup with visiting Butte Central on Friday had a familiar feel. Their previous two losses against Bigfork and Frenchtown included opponents rushing for more than a thousand yards against Pirate defense.
Butte Central running back Egan Lester found the end zone four times in the first half Friday, and his first two carries put the Pirates in a 14-0 hole. The Pirates answered on a short reception by Robert Perez to pull to 14-6. Lester scored again to cap a drive that started after a fumble recovery and put the Maroons up 21-6.
When a subsequent Pirate drive stalled and the Pirates had to punt, Boston Goode uncorked a punt that pinned the Maroons at the 6-yard line. When they tried to go to the air for a bit of extra breathing room, Jarrett Wilson pilfered the pass for a pick-6.
The Polson defense got a stop and the Pirates soon closed the gap to 21-20.
Lester would find the end zone for the fourth time in the half on a short range plunge. But Trent Wilson blocked the extra point and the Pirates headed to the locker room trailing by a single score, 27-20.
The Pirate air attack hit its stride in the second half. Wilson tossed touchdown passes to Colton Graham and Xavier Fisher and scored on a keeper as the Pirates stunned the visiting Maroons.
Wilson had reset the school passing record for the second time this season with a 500 plus yard performance. It was the fifth game this season in which Wilson passed for more than 400 yards, and it was his first career 500-yard game.
Junior wide receiver Colton Graham set a school reception record he broke in the Columbia Falls game with a new mark of 15 catches for 259 yards.
The Pirates now focus their attention on their regular schedule finale against top-ranked and undefeated Hamilton (8-0), which features 1,000-yard passer Tyson Rostad behind center.
Polson 56, Butte Central Catholic 27
PHS 6 14 22 14 56
BCCHS 14 13 0 0 27
BCCHS TD Konnor Pochervina 2 Yd Run (Rye Doherty Kick)
BCCHS TDEgan Lester 35 Yd Run (Rye Doherty Kick)
PHS TD Robert Perez 4 Yd Pass From Jarrett Wilson (Failed Two-Point Conversion)
BCCHS TD Egan Lester 9 Yd Run (Rye Doherty Kick)
PHS TD Jarrett Wilson 24 Yd Interception Return (Robert Perez Run For Two-Point Conversion)
PHS TD Colton Graham 2 Yd Pass From Jarrett Wilson (Failed Two-Point Conversion)
BCCHS TD Egan Lester 5 Yd Run (Rye Doherty Kick No Good)
PHS TD Colton Graham 50 Yd Pass From Jarrett Wilson (Two-Point Conversion)
PHS TD 21 Yd Pass From Jarrett Wilson (Two-Point Conversion)
PHS TD Jarrett Wilson 20 Yd Run (Failed Two-Point Conversion)
PHS TD 51 Yd Pass From Jarrett Wilson (Two-Point Conversion)
PHS TD Colton Graham 19 Yd Pass From Jarrett Wilson (Failed Two-Point Conversion)
Friday, October 23, 2020
Hamilton 49, Polson 14
On a cold snowy night in Hamilton the Pirates dropped their final game of the season to the #1 Hamilton Broncs. No more info available.