BUTTE — Bozeman and Butte are putting the finishing touches on their game-day preparation ahead of the Class AA football state championship game.
But if there's one thing that has remained constant from Day 1 of the season to now for the Butte High Bulldogs, it's the emphasis they put on winning the battle at the line of scrimmage. After the 35-6 rout of Billings West in the state semifinals this past Saturday, it's easy to see why head coach Arie Grey believes success is built from within the trenches.
Bozeman brings in a talented running back in Kenneth Eiden IV and a sound defensive front to test both the Bulldogs' offensive and defensive lines, but coach Grey expects his team will rise to the occasion like they have all season long.
“We’ve got to be able to control the line of scrimmage and stop the run. And if we can control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, good things happen," Grey said. "It’s no different than any other game, it’s no different than your Week 1 game, it’s no different than a bowl game, than a Super Bowl, than a championship game. Control the line of scrimmage and good things happen.”
Bozeman and Butte kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at historic Naranche Stadium.