Trevor Paro was two touchdowns away from breaking Montana's all-class touchdown record. It took the senior running back just two touches to do it - MTN Sports photo

HOT SPRINGS – Hot Springs running back Trevor Paro was just two touchdowns shy of breaking Montana’s all-class career touchdown record entering Saturday’s game with the North Star Knights. It only took him two plays to get them.

All in all, Paro scored five touchdowns in the Savage Heat’s 66-0 win, bringing his career total to 123 touchdowns. His first score came on a 62-yard punt return — Hot Springs’ first possession of the game — where he narrowly kept his feet in bounds. The next time Hot Springs took over on offense, Paro immediately received the handoff, and took the ball 46 yards for the record-breaking touchdown.

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“It was really cool,” acknowledged the senior playmaker. “The crowd was going wild, and it’s probably a really cool honor for my teammates too, because, I mean, I couldn’t do it without the blockers that I have. My teammates, I know that they know that I appreciate them and I mean, it was just kind of an overall cool team accomplishment.

“I guess it really hasn’t set in yet, but knowing that I’ve scored the most touchdowns in Montana history is pretty crazy to think about.”

Paro also scored on an 11-yard rush, and receptions of 56 and 54 yards. He touched the ball just five times on offense, and also added a passing touchdown, in addition to 3.5 sacks on defense.

Paro will look to keep adding on to his touchdown total, as the Savage Heat play Bainville in the quarterfinal round of the Class C 6-Man playoffs. However, with this being his senior season, Paro has his sights set on a bigger goal: getting back to the state championship game for the first time since 2012,when Hot Springs won the only state title in program history.

“It’s kind of been our goal coming into this entire season that this is what we wanted to do, was be playing in the last game of the year,” said Paro. “We can’t look ahead of ourselves. If we just keep playing our defense and keep running like we have been, I’m sure we’ll be set up in a great position to do that.”

Hot Springs lost in the state semifinals to Box Elder in 2015, 42-40.