Northeasterners Are Rooting For Redhawks To Win It All Again
Prep Playoff Preview
They didn’t battle each other in the regular season even though they are both members of the West C 8-Player Division but now they do on the biggest stage.
It is the Flint Creek Titans of the Drummond and Philipsburg communties traveling to face the Thompson Falls Blue Hawks in the Montana High School Association Class C 8-Player State Championship Game.
Flint Creek (10-0, 533-193, 53.3-19.3), the defending Class C 8-Player state champs following a 44-6 win over the Scobey Spartans 51 weeks ago, outscored 14218 its first two opponents of the regular season, whipping Darby 58-12 and Troy 84-6. Following a week-3 bye the Titans outlasted eventual quarterfinalist St. Ignatius 76-62 in a wild offensive contest and defeated Victor 56-6, Clark Fork (Alberton-Superior) 54-22, Charlo 38-36 in overtime and Seeley-Swan 42-6 to conclude the regular season at 7-0. In the playoffs Flint Creek defeated Sheridan 55-7, Fairview 32-14 and Fort Benton 38-22.
Thompson Falls (12-0, 614-140, 51.1-11.6), which has outscored its three playoff opponents 127-32, won the opener against Charlo 42-0; following were St. Regis-Mullan, Idaho 44-26, St. Ignatius 63-6, Clark Fork 49-0, Seeley-Swan 62-6, Darby 49-26, Arlee 61-24, Plains 61-6 and Troy 56-14. The Blue Hawks dispatched Circle 55-6, Belt 31-10 and Park City 41-16 in the playoffs.
As far as mileage goes, Flint Creek is catching a big break by having to travel just 175 miles one way, with 120 of it interstate highway (that’s on the very low end for 8-Player teams when it comes to most State C travel plans). Win or lose, the Titans are scheduled be back home by bed time.
Another cooperative team called the Titans host Class C 6-Player defending state champion Froid-Lake Redhawks. If fact, most people outside of Sheridan County and eastern Roosevelt County probably do not realize these two teams met in week three, with the north-easterners posting a 58-22 win in Medicine Lake.