PLENTYWOOD – Trevor Paro scored five touchdowns as Hot Springs capped its undefeated season with a 54-20 win over Westby-Grenora in the Class C 6-Man football championship on Saturday.
Paro, Montana’s all-time touchdowns leader, scored the first two touchdowns of the game to give Hot Springs a 15-0 lead. The Savage Heat would never trail.
Kade Guenther returned a kickoff for a touchdown to pull Westby-Grenora within 15-6 to end the first quarter, but Paro would add two more scores before the Thunder found the end zone again. The Savage Heat were up 23-6 at halftime and extended that lead to 31-6 in the third quarter on Paro’s fourth touchdown.
Daulton Holecek got in on the action for Westby-Grenora, scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter. But Paro would add his final score and Kane Lawson would get another to give Hot Springs a 46-20 lead going into the fourth quarter.
The Savage Heat (13-0) finished the game off with a Tyler Knutson touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
“Obviously, Trevor had a huge game; he came up big for us today. Without looking at the stats, I know he had a huge day for us,” said Hot Springs head coach Jim Lawson. “So this is what him and the other seniors have been waiting for to get their chance to hold up the state championship trophy. They missed out, or I should say they watched it as eighth graders when we played at home and won it (in 2012), and it’s always been a goal of theirs to get to this point. It took them to their last high school to do it, so that’s a special, special thing for all the seniors.”
It’s the second state championship in Hot Springs history. The Savage Heat, who joined the 6-Man ranks in 2011, also won the 2012 title with an undefeated season.
Westby-Grenora, which was appearing in its second 6-Man championship game since forming the co-op in 2012, finished the season 10-2.
The game was played in Plentywood, because Montana High School Association rules prevent state championship games from being played in North Dakota. Westby-Grenora, Saturday’s host team, plays its home games at Grenora, N.D.