The Bozeman Hawks prepare for a rivalry matchup in Butte on Friday night.

BOZEMAN – One of the biggest and long-lasting rivalries in Montana resumes on Friday night, as Bozeman travels to Butte. At practice, the Hawk offense is doing what is called “up downs” after practice this week. It is not punishment for Bozeman losing to Kalispell Glacier last Friday. It’s just the way that head coach Levi Wesche finishes practice as they get ready for Butte. They quickly got over blowing an 18-point lead and losing that 49-45 shootout last Friday.

“It hasn’t been hard. We’re just focused on Butte now. Making ourselves better, trying not to think about last week, other than to correct the mistakes that we made,” said Wesche. “Just trying to be a little more gap sound on defense, and then on offense, we want to make sure we capitalize on every opportunity that we have.”

Bozeman quarterback Callahan O’Reilly certainly capitalized on every opportunity, passing for seven touchdowns and over 500 yards, but it wasn’t enough.

“I felt good,” said the senior. “I think the whole offense felt pretty good. I thought we all played a good game. The (offensive) line gave up zero sacks. The receivers were breaking
records, catching a lot of passes for a lot of touchdowns. The offense had a good, well-rounded game. There are still missed assignments. We grade ourselves out every week and there are still plays where you’re not doing the right thing, or not executing right, so we can work on the little things.

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All to get ready for their fiercest rival.

“I think we got a bunch of kids who are playing with a chip on their shoulder. They’re ready for a little bit of redemption after last week. We know we let one slip away and we’ve got to play better this week,” Wesche said.

O’Reilly is looking at the Bulldogs and beyond.

“I think we can have a great season,” he said. “It was a tough start but we just need to improve from there and have that kind of guide us through the season. Just work a little harder and have a great season.”