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Class B football roundup: Fairfield dashes past Missoula Loyola in title rematch

Posted at 9:54 PM, Sep 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-07 01:07:16-04

FAIRFIELD -- The defending champions held off the defending runner-up on Friday night in a rematch of the 2018 Class B state championship game.

Fairfield defeated Missoula Loyola 38-7 behind three Keeley Bake rushing touchdowns, as the Eagles improved their win streak to 14 consecutive games.

Gaice Blackwell scored the first touchdown of the game after Loyola fumbled away the opening possession. Blackwell took a screen pass from Bake eight yards to give the Eagles a quick 8-0 advantage midway through the first quarter. Bake took a QB option 40 yards up the middle, sprinting past the entire Loyola defense, to push the Eagles' lead to 14-0 with 9.5 seconds remaining in the first.

Bake then found junior receiver Conor Murray for a 20-yard score before the half, giving Fairfield a 20-0 lead. Bake added touchdown runs of 13 and 68 yards, respectively, to blow the game open at 32-0 early in the fourth quarter.

Loyola scored its lone touchdown minutes later on a Nick Mitzel pass, but Fairfield's defense again flexed its muscles against the Rams, some 10 months after defeating them 30-13 in the State B title game.

Fairfield (1-0) hosts Conrad next weekend, while Loyola (1-1) is home against Whitehall.

Class B football scores

(Watch video highlights from Friday's Class B games above)

Baker 34, Wolf Point 13
Bigfork 12, Cut Bank 6 (OT)
Big Timber 21, Colstrip 12
Deer Lodge 33, Three Forks 0
Eureka 49, Townsend 14
Fairfield 38, Missoula Loyola 7
Glasgow 48, Conrad 6
Huntley Project 48, Anaconda 8
Manhattan 54, Florence 14
Malta 58, Roundup 14
Poplar 34, Harlem 0
Whitehall 19, Shepherd 8