Glacier quarterback Taden Gilman throws a touchdown during a foggy semifinal win over Helena (MTN Sports photo).

KALISPELL – We’ve reached state championship week in high school football. And for the third time in four years, the Glacier Wolfpack will play in the class AA final.

The crew from Kalispell rolled to an 11-1 record, and have played their best games down the stretch to reach this point. Now the Wolfpack suddenly have a different role. Most expected Glacier to win every game during the season. But against number one, undefeated, and unchallenged Billings Senior, the Wolfpack become the underdogs.

“In our minds we always think this is our game to take,” said senior offensive and defensive lineman Jaxen Hashley. “But there is that feeling that it’s Billings Senior. They’re a great football team. So a lot of people obviously are picking them. But we think we’re the better team. There’s definitely some pressure that’s taken off I’d say.”

“I think if you polled whoever, probably 99.9% would pick Billings Senior. And they deserve that,” admitted Glacier head coach Grady Bennett. “But for us it’s a great place to be, cause we can just go let it all hang out, give it our best shot, and either way. So we really do. We enjoy that underdog role.”

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Glacier heads out of town Thursday to make the long trip to Billings. The team will get a sendoff with a police escort at 12:30. They’ll kickoff in the championship at 7:00 Friday night.