DRUMMOND – The biggest week of football in Montana is not only about Bobcats and Grizzlies. We’ll see five state championship football games, as well, and one small town will host the a title tilt for only the second time.
The Drummond-Philipsburg co-op of Flint Creek used a physical style to rack up a perfect 12-0 record. After a semifinal win over Circle in Drummond last week, Philipsburg will host the 8-Man championship.
Drummond won five 8-Man state titles last decade. Philipsburg has played in only a single state championship, a loss to Richey in 1979. But both towns are equally helping in the fourth year of their co-op. The Titans suit up 10 players from Philipsburg and 11 from Drummond.
Now they’ll take on Forsyth in the championship, and the speed of the undefeated Doggies will provide a big challenge.
“You match that with discipline and not getting out of your comfort zone and our scheme,” said head coach Mike Cutler. “If we stay disciplined with our run fits and our pass fits and stay disciplined with our eyes, we’ll be fine.”
“We’re just going to do what we do best, just run the ball, grind people down,” said running back/linebacker Colby Manley. “We’re going to try to beat them. They’ve been kind of rolling people. You just kind of what to show them what 8-Man is about.”
“Forsyth was supposed to be the best, and we want to play the best,” said quarterback/linebacker Colton Grange. “I know they’re a tough team. They’re unbeaten. We’re unbeaten too, though, so we’re ready.”
The Dogies and Titans are both 12-0. It’s the only one out of five state championships this week with two undefeated teams. They’ll kick off in Philipsburg at 1 p.m. Saturday.