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Class B football playoffs roundup: Manhattan shuts down Missoula Loyola as No. 1 seeds roll

Posted at 5:09 PM, Nov 09, 2019

MANHATTAN -- Lane Veltkamp had a hand in two Manhattan touchdowns and the Tigers' defense shut down visiting Missoula Loyola en route to a 26-7 win Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Class B football state playoffs.

Neither offense could get much going early as the teams traded punts. Manhattan, the No. 1 seed out of the South, broke through in the second quarter, though, to take a 14-0 halftime lead. Veltkamp hit Kyle Hotvedt for a 25-yard touchdown pass early in the quarter and then added another score on a quarterback keeper late.

The defenses again stood tall in the third quarter, but Garrit Weeda and Toby Veltkamp each found the end zone in the fourth to help the Tigers secure the win. Loyola did score a long touchdown on a pass from Nick Mitzel to Basil Coutinho to get to 20-7 in the fourth, but Toby Veltkamp's touchdown put the game out of reach and helped Manhattan advance to the semifinal round of the playoffs.

Manhattan (10-0) will next travel to reigning state champion Fairfield, which notched a 55-20 win over Florence on Saturday. The Tigers and Eagles (10-0) will meet in one semifinal, while Red Lodge will be at Eureka in the other.

Class B football scores

Eureka 69, Columbus 30
Fairfield 55, Florence 20
Manhattan 26, Missoula Loyola 7
Red Lodge 35, Malta 6