Oct 20, 2011 12:34 AM by Dan Cimmino
BILLINGS, MT - The weather has begun to cool down, but the action on the gridiron is just heating up with numerous playoff implications on the line, this week's Gameplan has you covered!
GAMES OF THE WEEK
WEST (7-1) AT MISSOULA BIG SKY (4-4)
FRIDAY - 7:30 PM
Aside from undefeated Helena, no one is hotter than Billings West as the Bears have rattled off 6 straight wins and look like strong contenders to win state this year.
This week the Golden Bears heads west on I-90 to take on the Garden City's top team Missoula Big Sky. The Eagles currently in the hunt for a final playoff spot can secure a birth with a win. It won't be easy for Big Sky as they host #2 West this week, then hit the road against #4 Glacier to finish their season.
Never easy to win a game on the road, but given that the Eagles' only wins have come against the AA's bottom 4 teams (Bozeman, Sentinel, Hellgate, and Skyview), I don't see West having much trouble against Big Sky.
SENIOR (5-3) AT GREAT FALLS (3-5)
FRIDAY - 7:30 PM
At 5-3, the Broncs have not officially clinched a playoff spot just yet, but are more or less, a shoe-in to get in barring a massive catastrophe over their final 2 games. Senior's motivation stems from the possibility that they can sneak their way into a Top 4 seed, giving them a home playoff game. In order for that to happen, Senior needs to win their final two, and hope that the loser of Capital-Glacier this week, loses their final game 2 weeks from now.
The most likely scenario has Senior in the playoffs, but on the road. The team they face this week are in desperation mode just to make it to the postseason so expect Great Falls to come out determined. The Bison get their last 2 games at home against Senior and CMR and will likely need wins in both to assure themselves a ticket to the playoffs.
GAME OF THE WEEK
MILES CITY (6-2) AT HARDIN (5-2)
FRIDAY - 7:00 PM
Even though the playoffs won't start till next week, they actually begin Friday for Miles City and Hardin. In a "win-to-get-in" showdown, the Cowboys and Bulldogs have everything on the line in this season finale.
Miles City, the defending State A champions, have had a solid campaign after losing a fantastic senior class from a year ago, but losses to Central and Laurel have put their repeat effort in serious jeopardy as Custer County needs a win this week just to make the playoffs.
Hardin's only losses also come by way of Laurel and Central as the Bulldogs have been more than competitive this season. The Loco's needed a late 4th quarter comeback in Hardin to survive with a win, so don't be surprised if the Bulldogs play big at home when Miles City comes to town.
The Eastern A's top 2 are locked up as Laurel secured 2nd with their win over Glendive and Central earned their 6th consecutive conference title and a bye with their win last Thursday over Hardin 33-7. All that's left to be determined is who walks away with the 3 spot, something that will be settled on the field Friday, with the winner earning a trip to the postseason.
SOUTHERN 4B BREAKDOWN
Basically the top 3 teams from the Southern 4B, Huntley Project, Columbus, and Red Lodge, will make the playoffs. However with Red Lodge's win over Huntley Project last week, how those top 3 finishes is completely up in the air and very complicated. Huntley, Red Lodge, and Columbus all have one loss, with one coming against the other. Huntley beat Columbus. Columbus beat Red Lodge. Then Red Lodge beat Huntley.
On Wednesday, Red Lodge thumped Joliet 56-9 to finish their season at 7-1 while Columbus won at home trouncing Roundup 54-22 to also finish an identical 7-1 overall, and 4-1 in conference.
Huntley plays Shepherd on Saturday, so until then, we won't know how it'll all shake out. For more information on how it'll be determined click here for Richie Melby's playoff preview and scroll down to the CLASS B section.
GAMES OF THE WEEK
BROADVIEW-LAVINA (3-4) AT ABSAROKEE (5-2)
SATURDAY - 7:00 PM
One of these teams' season will come to an end this Saturday with the winner advancing to the Southern C playoffs. Absarokee, the top squad from the Southern C-East this year, has already beat Broadview-Lavina when the Huskies dropped the Pirates 47-18 on September 9th.
ENNIS (5-2) AT PARK CITY (4-3)
FRIDAY - 7:00 PM
Although Ennis has a better record than Park City, it's the Mustangs who hit the road since they finished 3rd in the Southern C-West. The Panthers represent the 2 seed out of the Southern C-East, hence the home game.
The Mustangs aren't low on horsepower as Ennis is averaging 45 points per game this season. In this game its very simple, win and you're in, lose and go home.
6 MAN FOOTBALL
FROMBERG/ROBERTS VS DENTON RECAP
No doubt Fromberg/Roberts has had a spectacular season especially considering they were just 1-7 a season ago. Through 7 games this year the Falcons remained undefeated and looked very good in the process. So good in fact they earned Q2's most recent "Athlete of the Week" honors.
The stage was set for the season finale as the Southern 6 Man's final 2 unbeaten came to do battle on a Wednesday afternoon with Denton traveling to take on the surprising Falcons of Fromberg/Roberts.
Sometimes, however, games just don't live up to the hype. Perhaps not even that, as Denton displayed utter dominance that showed how misleading the identical records were as Fromberg/Roberts looked completely outmatched right from the start.
Denton shut down the Falcons' opening possession, and then proceeded to lay down the law quickly and efficiently. In one of the most dominant performances in a single quarter, the Trojans outscored Fromberg/Roberts 42-0 in the first 7 minutes of the game. In that span, Denton scored 4 offensive touchdowns, had a fumble returned for a score to go along with not one, but 2 safeties.
Once one team goes ahead by 40+ a running clock is put into effect, something that began in this one at the 2:48 mark.
After Denton got nice and cozy with their big lead, the Trojans called off the dogs and strutted out of Fromberg with a 60-0 shut out and are now no doubt the 6 Man team to beat.
The win secures home field advantage as it looks to be a lengthy, and potentially memorable, playoff run for this year's Trojans.