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Class AA roundup: Missoula Sentinel escapes Kalispell Glacier to keep streak intact

Posted at 10:32 PM, Sep 16, 2022

KALISPELL — Missoula Sentinel’s winning streak looked in jeopardy early Friday night, but the two-time reigning Class AA state champs were able to overcome a big challenge.

Sentinel, behind big plays by Adam Jones and Kellen Curtiss, came back from a two-touchdown deficit to run its streak to 25 games with a … victory over Kalispell Glacier.

Glacier marched down the field to start the game and took an early 7-0 lead when Gage Sliter found Alex Hausmann with a 16-yard touchdown pass in the back left corner of the end zone. It became 14-0 in favor of the Wolfpack on an 8-yard run by Jackson Hensley with 4:32 left in the first quarter.

But Sentinel came roaring back quickly as Jones scored back-to-back touchdowns. The first was on a 57-yard run, and the second was a 33-yarder following a Glacier turnover.

The Spartans grabbed the lead on the second play of the second quarter on a 35-yard touchdown run by Curtiss, making it 21-14. It was 28-14 following a 9-yard TD run by Curtiss with 4:42 left in the second quarter.

Glacier pulled back within a touchdown midway through the third quarter, as Kash Goicoechea found the end zone on a 16-yard run. But Sentinel pushed the lead back to 14 after Jones found the end zone again, this time on a leaping 22-yard TD catch toward the end of the third.

The Wolfpack wouldn’t go away, though. Early in the fourth, Glacier scored on a 2-yard run by Kob Dorcheus to make it 35-28. A 25-yard field goal by Caden Dimberger stretched the Spartans’ lead again to 38-28 with 7:25 left.

Rhett Measure added a field goal for Glacier to make it 38-31. With a chance to tie or win in the final seconds, Sliter scrambled 11 yards to convert a fourth-and-10 play, but Sliter was intercepted on the final play of the game and Sentinel kept its streak intact.

The Spartans improved to 4-0 this season and have now won 25 consecutive games, moving closer to the AA record. Helena Capital owns the mark of 33 in a row, which it earned from 2006-09.

Glacier lost for the first time this season and is now 3-1.

Other Class AA scores:

Billings West 14, Great Falls 0 (Highlights below)

Billings West pitches shutout against Great Falls

Bozeman 49, Belgrade 6

Bozeman Gallatin 14, Billings Senior 10

Butte 40, Kalispell Flathead 0 (Highlights below)

Trey Hansen scores four touchdowns, Butte shuts out Kalispell Flathead

Great Falls CMR 63, Billings Skyview 0 (Highlights below)

Great Falls CMR blows out Billings Skyview

Helena 42, Missoula Hellgate 15 (Thursday, highlights below)

Helena High battles back in second half to dominate homecoming game against Hellgate

Helena Capital 56, Missoula Big Sky 7 (Highlights below)

Capital's Tom Carter puts up shows up big against Big Sky