The defending champion Hawks held a scrimmage Saturday before they start the season September 9th against Glacier. (Ted Dawson/MTN Sports)

BOZEMAN – For Bozeman’s new head coach, Levi Wesche, Saturday was his first chance to see his team in action. He has to like the defense, as the white team tries a double reverse pass that ends in quarterback Chris Brown being sacked by Cade Wessell.

Then, on third and long, Brown goes back to pass again, only to be leveled by Morgan Hostetler.

After an interception, the white team scores on fourth down from the two with Jack Tetrault taking it home. Callaghan O’reilly was driving the black team but he is picked off by Scott Smith. On the very next play, it’s Kris Brown back to throw, but he’s intercepted by Justin Laakso.

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Best play of the game is a pass from O’reilly to Bryce Lingle who dances down the sideline for the touchdown and wins his coach’s approval. “I thought it was really good scrimmage. I thought we played really fast, and that’s what we were looking for,” said Wesche.

The best individual performance of the afternoon goes to field goal kicker, Connor Coles who blasted this 46 yarder, and barely missed from 50. But Wesche saw many things that impressed him. “I actually thought we had a bunch of great performances. It’s hard to single anyone out at this point in time. ”

The Hawks open up at home against Glacier on Sept. 2.