DILLON – Jade Olson’s final career carry, a 15-yard touchdown run in overtime, gave Rocky Mountain College a 48-42 road win over Frontier Conference rival Montana Western. The Malta native finished with 100 yards on 17 carries.
Drew Korf opened up the scoring for Rocky with an 11-yard strike to Max Gray, who beautifully tapped his toes for the score. Bennett Gibson followed that with a scoring strike of his own, finding Nate Simkins from 35 yards out. But Rocky answered right back. Lucas Overton took the ensuing kickoff back 82 yards for a touchdown, putting Rocky up 14-12.
Korf tossed two more first-half touchdown passes, finding Gray once more as well as Overton for his second score of the half, putting Rocky ahead 28-18 at the break.
After a Mark Kharchenko field goal made it 28-21, Montana Western’s stud tailback Hunter Thomsen tied it up with an 11-yard scamper. But in the fourth quarter, Korf would again put distance between his Bears and the Bulldogs of Western.
Korf first found Overton from 36 yards out for Overton’s third score of the day, and then found Brandon Mosley from six yards out to push Rocky’s lead to 42-28.
Trailing by those two scores late in the fourth quarter, Gibson rallied the Bulldogs. A 52-yard pass to tailback Thomsen was followed up by Gibson’s plunge from two yards out to knot things up at 42 apiece.
An interception by Rocky’s Dallas Mack on Western’s first overtime possession spelled doom for the Bulldogs. With Rocky needing just a field goal to secure victory, they turned to Olson on three straight plays. His third tote proved to be the game-winner.
The offensive fireworks were on display all afternoon. Rocky racked up 600 yards of offense, while Western had 540. Korf had a career day as he amassed 475 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions on 42-62 passing. Overton and Gray were the beneficiaries of Korf’s big day. Overton recorded 15 catches for 222 yards and two touchdowns as well as his kick return score, and Gray racked up 11 catches for 111 yards and two touchdowns.
Gibson, too, threw the ball all over the yard. He completed 22 of 35 passes for 469 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. He also ran for two scores. Western also had a pair of 100-yard receivers. Melvin Walser hauled in six passes for 110 yards and George Sherwood had five receptions for 165 yards.
Rocky ends their season at 6-5 overall and 6-4 in the Frontier, while Western finishes the campaign at 4-7 overall and 4-6 in the Frontier.