MISSOULA – Missoula hosts another big game just an hour after the Bobcats and Grizzlies kickoff. Loyola takes on Eureka in the class B state championship.
The Rams have rolled to an 11-0 record, surviving a very difficult bracket with three home playoff wins. The current seniors were 8th graders and freshman when Loyola finished off back to back unbeaten state titles in 2012 and 2013. And they learned valuable lessons from those teams that the Rams now continue to pass on.
“It showed us what it meant to get to a state championship,” said senior offensive and defensive lineman Ken Roth. “And shows us how much work we had to put into get here. Those seniors showed us everything.”
“If we win this one, which I’m hoping we will, it definitely adds to it,” said senior offensive and defensive lineman Cody Harlan. “Because then we have a record of three undefeated championship seasons.”
“We seem to get some really good leadership that carries over, and lets the younger kids know what it is they have to do to get to this point,” said head coach Todd Hughes. “And it’s kind of a testament, this year we started this season with 41 kids. And we have 41 kids out here right now still practicing. Even though those freshman kids know that they’re not going to probably get into Saturday’s game, they’re still out here in the cold weather doing their thing.”
Loyola won their other two titles on long road trips to Malta and Baker. This time they get to play at Rollin Field.
Eureka is having their best year in a long time. The Lions have never won a state championship. The only other time they made the final they lost to Cut Bank in 1990.
The class B state championship kicks-off at 1:00 Saturday in Missoula.