MANHATTAN -- Kyle Hotvedt said the Manhattan football team needed to treat Friday night's Southern B showdown with Townsend just like any other game.
Hotvedt, though, played it like a big game, dominated the visiting Bulldogs in the first half to help his Tigers to a 34-14 win and improve to 7-0 overall on the season. The senior caught two touchdown passes on offense and intercepted a pass on defense as Manhattan built a 21-0 lead that Townsend wouldn't be able to overcome.
Lane Veltkamp hit Hotvedt for both TDs -- from 35 and 55 yards -- before Garrit Weeda punched in another touchdown to make it 21-0 before Townsend got anything going. The Bulldogs did add a Trey Hoveland-to-Zach Idland touchdown to get within 21-6 at halftime.
Townsend started the second half scoring on its opening possession to get to 21-14, but Weeda pushed the lead back to 27-14 early in the fourth. Veltkamp threw his third touchdown pass of the game to provide the final margin of 34-14.
Manhattan improves to 7-0 overall and 6-0 in the Southern B with the win. The Tigers will look to continue their undefeated season and secure the South's No. 1 seed next week at Jefferson (5-2 overall, 4-1 conference) on Oct. 25.
Townsend falls to 5-2 overall and 4-1 conference and will host Columbus (4-3, 3-2) next week.
Class B football scores
(Scroll through the videos above for highlights from Friday night's Class B games)
Baker 2, Poplar 0 (forfeit)
Columbus 25, Big Timber 0 (Wednesday)
Cut Bank 66, Harlem 0
Deer Lodge 43, Anaconda 0
Eureka 48, Conrad 14
Fairfield 34, Malta 0
Florence 39, Missoula Loyola 21
Glasgow 58, Wolf Point 0
Jefferson 28, Bigfork 0
Manhattan 34, Townsend 14
Red Lodge 61, Roundup 6
Shepherd 52, Colstrip 6
Whitehall 29, Three Forks 6