It’s Scobey At Flint Creek For Class C 8-Player State Title!
There is one weekend left in the 2020 Montana High School Association football playoffs and the Scobey Spartans are still right in the thick of things.
The local young men donning the blue and gold head to the southwest sector of The Treasure State to play the Flint Creek Titans (11-0, 606-70, 55.0-6.3) of the Drummond and Philipsburg communities. For the Spartans (10-1, 516-154, 46.9-14.0) and their fans it is a 528-mile one-way trip when heading west to Havre then down to Helena where one hangs a right turn with Drummond 62 miles away. The longer route at 634 miles is south along the Brockway/ Terry cut-across highway hooking up with Interstate 94 at Terry and then Interstate 90 just east of Billings, taking Scobey fans through Bozeman, Butte and Deer Lodge. This route features 432 miles of interstate highway; the northern and shorter route through Havre and Great Falls features 109 miles of interstate.
Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, November 21, in Drummond (Radio: KCGM 95.7 FM. Radio internet streaming: www.kcgmradio.com. TV internet streaming: nfhsnetwork.com).
It is Scobey’s sixth trip into the Class C 8-Player finals. The first for the Spartans was in 1989 when losing to the Absarokee Huskies 44-6 in Absarokee. Following were back-to-back state titles in 1995 and 1996 with 58-8 and 48-16 victories over the Terry Terriers, with both played on Keith M. Gumm Memorial Field in Terry. The Spartans qualified for the 2001 and 2002 state championship games, which were both held on Scobey’s Plainsmen Field. They lost 42-30 to the Wibaux Longhorns in 2001 and won 50-6 over Wibaux in the 2002 showdown.
The Drummond Trojans captured three straight Class C 8-Player state titles, starting in 2003 when dropping the Big Sandy Pioneers 48-8 followed by a 44-6 win over the Stanford Wolves in 2004 and 54-0 triumph against the Park City Panthers in 2005. In 2007 the Trojans defeated the Sheridan Panthers 50-20 and Wibaux 32-24 in 2009 for state championships. After a 7-season absence of not qualifying for the 8-Player finale, in a cooperative agreement with the Granite County Prospectors of Philipsburg and playing as the Flint Creek Titans, the Drummond kids made it back to the finals in 2017. They defeated the Forsyth Dogies 44-30. The Titans made it back to the 2018 8-Player finals and defeated the Great Falls Catholic Central Mustangs 50-14. Granite County’s first and only appearance in the Class C 8-Player title game prior to the co-op with Drummond was in 1979 when losing 56-25 to the Richey Royals.
Flint Creek took no prisioners during the regular season winning by an average of 56.2-to-4.0! In order the Titans took down St. Ignatius 50-8, Troy 74-0, Clark Fork (Alberton-Superior) 64-12, Charlo 46-0, Seeley-Swan 50-0, Sheridan 74-0, Darby 36-6 and Victor 56-6. In the playoffs they’ve handled Belt 60-14, Fairview 48-6 and Fort Benton 48-18.
Scobey opened the season against the MonDak Thunder in Grenora, North Dakota and lost 28-22 on the last play of the game when the home team executed a short field-goal attempt turning into a short touchdown pass to break a 22-all score. Since then the Spartans have reeled off 10 straight victories: 44-22 versus Circle, 66-6 versus Broadus, 56-22 at Ekalaka, 36-6 at Fairview, 56-6 at Forsyth, 52-0 versus Plentywood and 50-12 versus Culbertson to conclude the regular season. In the playoff games, all held on Scobey’s Plainsmen Field, the Spartans were winners against Cascade (50-0) in the first round, Thompson Falls (40-24) in the quarterfinals and Shelby (44-28) in the semifinals.
The Class B finale has the Manhattan Tigers (11-0, 481-87, 43.7-7.9) at Fairfield Eagles (8-1, 226-87, 25.1-9.6) on Saturday, November 21, at 1 p.m. Manhattan, which placed second in the 2019 state championship game against the Lincoln County (Eureka) Lions, has a Scobey connection suiting up Saturday. Senior Tate Bowler, number 10 in your program, is the son of Zach (SHS ‘94) and Jennifer (nee: Ware, SHS ’95) Bowler and grandson of Burl and Roz Bowler of Scobey. He scored the first eight points of Manhattan’s 43-18 semifinal victory over Glasgow on the Tigers’ home field last Saturday. On the team’s second offensive play from scrimmage he grabbed a swing pass, recognized a block in front of him and sprinted 70 yards for a touchdown then caught the 2-point conversion pass for an 8-0 lead.
The other state championship game, the Class AA finale, goes Friday night in Billings when the Billings West Golden Bears (9-0, 415-98, 46.1-10.8) host the Missoula Sentinel Spartans (9-0, 428-54,47.5-6.0) at 7 p.m.
Last week’s action saw a pair of teams win state titles.
In Class C 6-Player, the Froid-Lake Redhawks (10-0, 575-151, 57.5-15.1) swatted the White Sulphur Springs Hornets 44-19 in Medicine Lake, giving the two northeastern Montana schools their first-ever football state championship.
In Class A, the Laurel Locomotives (8-1, 312-72, 34.6-8.0) rolled past Billings Central 34-0, avenging a 28-14 loss to the Rams midway through the regular season.
Here’s a look at the previous 2020 MHSA playoff results and pairings for this weekend, the most comprehensive high school pigskin playoff preview in all of Montana, stretching from Whitetail to Wisdom and Happy’s Inn to Hammond:
CLASS AA First round
Helena Capital Bruins 20 Butte Bulldogs 7 Bozeman Hawks 61 Great Falls Russell Rustlers 14 Great Falls Bison 28 Billings Skyview Falcons 0 Kalispell Glacier Wolfpack 63 Missoula Big Sky Eagles 0 Quarterfinals
Billings West 49 Helena Capital 7 Bozeman 35 Helena 28 Missoula Sentinel 42 Great Falls 14 Billings Senior 20 Kalispell Glacier 17, overtime Semifinals
Billings West 24 Bozeman 17 Missoula Sentinel 42 Billings Senior 7
Championship Friday, November 20
Missoula Sentinel (9-0, 428-54, 47.5-6.0) at Billings West (9-0, 415-98, 46.1-10.8), Wendy’s Field at Daylis Stadium, 7 p.m. (TV internet streaming: nfhsnetwork.com) CLASS A First round Hamilton Broncs 24 Sidney Eagles 6 Laurel Locomotives 35 Frenchtown Broncs 13 Billings Central Rams 35 Columbia Falls Wildcats 8 Custer County (Miles City) Cowboys 26 Beaverhead County (Dillon) Beavers 21 Semifinals
Laurel 28 Hamilton 21 Billings Central 17 Miles City 10
Laurel 34 Billings Central 0
CLASS B First round
Columbus Cougars 16 Red Lodge Rams 10 Glasgow Scotties 28 Lincoln County (Eureka) Lions 6 Manhattan Tigers 52 Colstrip Colts 0 Malta Mustangs 30 Bigfork Vikings 14 Fairfield Eagles 38 (Missoula) Loyola Sacred Heart Rams 0 Whitehall Trojans 6 Shepherd Mustangs 2 Florence-Carlton Falcons 27 Conrad Cowboys 8 Broadwater County (Townsend) Bulldogs 42 Huntley Project Red Devils 14 Quarterfinals
Glasgow 46 Columbus 0 Manhattan 50 Malta 0 Fairfield 40 Whitehall 13 Florence-Carlton 28 Townsend 7 Semifinals
Manhattan 43 Glasgow 18 Fairfield 8 Florence-Carlton 6, overtime
Championship Saturday, November 21
Manhattan (11-0, 481-87, 43.7-7.9) at Fairfield (8-1, 226-87, 25.1-9.6), Jacob Schilling Field, Fairfield, 1 p.m. (TV internet streaming: nfhsnetwork.com) CLASS C 8-PLAYER First round Fort Benton Longhorns 61 St. Ignatius Bulldogs 6 Joliet J-Hawks 28 MonDak (Westby, Mont.-Grenora, N.D.) Thunder 18 Flint Creek (Drummond-Philipsburg) Titans 60 Belt Huskies 0 Fairview Warriors 44 Ennis Mustangs 6 Park City Panthers 36 Carter County (Ekalaka) Bulldogs 0 Shelby Coyotes 60 Clark Fork (Alberton-Superior) Mountain Cats 14 Scobey Spartans 50 Cascade Badgers 0 Thompson Falls Blue Hawks 50 Simms Tigers 6 Quarterfinals
Fort Benton 64 Joliet 14 Flint Creek (Drummond-Philipsburg) 48 Fairview 6 Shelby 87 Park City 68 Scobey 40 Thompson Falls 24 Semifinals
Flint Creek (Drummond-Philipsburg) 48 Fort Benton 18 Scobey 44 Shelby 28
Championship Saturday, November 21
Scobey (10-1, 516-154, 46.9-14.0) versus Flint Creek (Drummond-Philipsburg) (11-0, 606-70, 55.0-6.3) at Drummond, 1 p.m. (Radio: KCGM 95.7 FM. Radio internet streaming: www.kcgmradio.com. TV internet streaming: nfhsnetwork.com) CLASS C 6-PLAYER First round Froid-Lake Redhawks 56 Broadview-Lavina Pirates 6 Harlowton-Ryegate Engineers 38 Noxon Red Devils 14 Bridger Scouts 41 Hot Springs Savage Heat 38 Big Sandy Pioneers 57 Wibaux Longhorns 6 Shields Valley Rebels 27 Richey-Lambert Fusion 16 Power-Dutton-Brady Titans 46 Stanford-Geyser-Denton Bearcats 15 Savage Warriors 57 Tri-City (Hobson-Moore-Judith Gap) Titans 14 White Sulphur Springs Hornets 78 North Toole County (Sunburst) Refiners 21 Quarterfinals
Froid-Lake 52 Harlowton-Ryegate 6 Big Sandy 36 Bridger 12 Shields Valley 33 Power-Dutton-Brady 26 White Sulphur Springs 44 Savage 6 Semifinals
Froid-Lake 42 Big Sandy 26 White Sulphur Springs 54 Shields Valley 13
Froid-Lake 44 White Sulphur Springs 19