HOT SPRINGS – Bainville hung with Hot Springs as long as anybody has this season, but the Bulldogs’ success was short-lived.
After allowing 19 points in the first quarter – the most Hot Springs has allowed in any game this season – the Savage Heat shut down the Bulldogs and rolled to an 89-19 win in the 6-Man football quarterfinals.
Tristin Holcomb found Will South for a long touchdown to bring Bainville to within 24-19 in the first quarter, but Hot Springs would score 65 unanswered points to run away for the win. Kane Lawson had seven rushing touchdowns for the Savage Heat, and Marco Degel passed for three more. Trevor Paro, Montana’s all-time touchdowns record holder, had three scores – two receiving and one rushing.
Hot Springs will play Valier in the semifinals.
VALIER – Valier built a big lead and then held off a furious rally to knock off Richey-Lambert 45-43 in the quarterfinal round of the 6-Man playoffs.
The Panthers built a 20-0 lead and held a 33-15 advantage before Richey-Lambert mounted a comeback in the fourth quarter. The Fusion closed within 39-35 late in the game, but Valier would never relinquish the lead.
The Panthers, who won the 6-Man North, will now travel to Hot Springs in the semifinal round. Valier’s only loss of the season was a 51-0 loss back on Sept. 2.
Westby-Grenora 57, Geraldine-Highwood 28
GRENORA, N.D. – Westby-Grenora is back in the 6-Man football semifinals after a one-year hiatus.
The Thunder, who lost to Geraldine-Highwood in the 2014 state championship, defeated the Rivals 57-28 in the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.
Kade Guenther had five total touchdowns in the win.
Westby-Grenora hasn’t lost since a season-opening setback against Bridger. The Thunder will host the undefeated Scouts in the semifinals.
Bridger 78, Sunburst 47
BRIDGER – Typically reliant on its defense, Bridger turned to its offense in the quarterfinal round of the 6-Man football playoffs.
The undefeated Scouts got seven total touchdowns each from Colter Zentner and Ryan Zentner as they ran past Sunburst 78-47.
Ryan Zentner had five first-half touchdown receptions – three from Colter Zentner and two from Colby Zentner – to help Bridger build a 44-12 lead. Sunburst briefly held a 12-8 lead before Ryan Zentner scored four unanswered touchdowns.
Sunburst outscored Bridger 21-6 in the third quarter to make things interesting, but Bridger put the game away in the fourth. The Scouts will travel to Westby-Grenora in the semifinals.
Sunburst’s Lane Lerum had seven touchdown passes in the loss.