BILLINGS — Top-ranked Dillon ended the regular season in the same fashion it began — on the winning side.
The Beavers blanked Libby 49-0 Friday night to improve their overall record to 8-0 and enter the Class A playoffs on a roll. Dillon has allowed just 14 total points in its past three games, including a 35-7 win over then-No. 2 Hamilton on Oct. 6.
Not to be outdone, No. 2-ranked Billings Central also closed its regular season with a 42-6 victory over Miles City Friday to run its record to 9-0 and also go into the playoffs unblemished.
Vinnie Souza rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown while quarterback Adam Balkenbush had 82 yards rushing and two TDs on the ground. Balkenbush accounted for three total touchdowns.
Both the Beavers and Rams will have first-round playoff byes next week, then will host quarterfinal games the weekend of Nov. 3-4.
Elsewhere in Class A ...
No. 3 Corvallis 49, Stevensville 0
Havre 17, No. 4 Lewistown 14
No. 5 Hamilton 33, Polson 13
Columbia Falls 53, Ronan 0 (Thursday)
East Helena 29, Sidney 20
Frenchtown 60, Butte Central 19
Glendive 42, Hardin 24
Laurel 27, Lockwood 15 (Thursday)