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Class B roundup: No. 1 Florence crushes No. 2 Manhattan

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Posted at 10:42 PM, Sep 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-04 03:02:42-04

MANHATTAN — Florence 52, Manhattan 0

MANHATTAN The Florence Falcons made the trip out east to Manhattan to kick off their season, crushing the reigning Class B Champions 52-0.

With Manhattan's dominant senior class graduating this past summer, the Tigers have been trying to find personnel to fill their gaping holes. Florence on the other hand returned a deep team with a lot of experience this fall, which was present Friday night.

With less than two minutes to go in the first half, Florence's Pat Duchien sealed the deal with a 27-yard keeper down the right sideline to put the Falcons up 35-0 at the half.

The Falcons scored another 19-unanswered points in the second half to garner their first win of the season, 52-0.

Jefferson 35, Whitehall 14

BOULDER On the opening night of the season for Jefferson, the Panthers were able to come away victorious over the Whitehall Trojans, 35-14.

The Panthers went up 14-0 in the first quarter on two touchdown passes by Braden Morris; the first, the Panthers took advantage of a penalty and used the great field position to find Joey Visser on the right side for the score. The second, a busted play where the ball was snapped well over Morris’ head, but he was able to corral it and find Jake Genger in the back of the endzone to put the Panther’s up by two scores.

Genger was also able to find the endzone on the opposite side of the ball, intercepting Miles Hoerauf and taking it all the way back to the house for the pick-six to make it 21-0 midway through the second, leading to a 35-14 win.

Fairfield 18, Missoula Loyola 6

FAIRFIELDThe Fairfield Eagles opened the season with an 18-6 win over Missoula Loyola.

Both teams played to a draw in the first half with the score tied at six after three quarters. But Fairfield scored twice in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Miguel Perez ran in from 20 yards out during the first play of the fourth quarter.

Cooper Christensen iced the game with a 6-yard touchdown with 2:58 left to make it 18-6. Fairfield, which finished Class B runner up in 2020, begins the year 1-0. The Loyola Rams fall to 1-1 on the season.

Other Class B Scores

Baker 40, Wolf Point 6
Bigfork 27, Cut Bank 0
Big Timber 42, Colstrip 0
Columbus 38, Shepherd 0
Eureka 35, Conrad 0
Malta 23, Huntley Project 6
Townsend 43, Anaconda 0