In 2020, the Hamilton Broncs are out to a hot start. They’re undefeated at 6-0 with three games left in the regular season against Whitefish, Libby and Polson.
The Broncs are obviously a team with tons of talent that seems to just regenerate year after year, but after 2019 the Broncs lost senior four-year starter and all-state quarterback Carson Rostad.
While there was fear the gap left would be too big, their QB in 2020 has risen to the occasion and is following in his big brother’s footsteps.
“He’s just growing every game," said Hamilton head coach Bryce Carver. "He didn’t get a lot of reps growing up as a freshman and sophomore just because he had his brother in front of him. But he had a great mentor in Carson and he’s just growing each game and he’s learning, and I told him I just expect him to get better and better every game, and I think he’s on track to do that.”
“I really like doing both, I like to be able to throw the ball and I also like to run the ball. Both of them are really great to me," said Tyson Rostad.
While he takes pride in the Rostad name, Tyson said the offense he’s running is a lot different than his brother's style last year.
“It feels good. He had a really big run with Hamilton, I’m just trying to do a little bit of what he did," Tyson said. "I think we’ve got something totally different going on than what we had. I think we are fast, we are really deep and I just think we’re going to keep on rolling. ”
Tyson Rostad is now leading the Broncs as they have cruised through the Western A thus far. With weapons like running backs Ben Rooney and Ben Tack and wideout Jaden Klemundt, the offense is on fire.
While Tyson has been a terror for opposing defenses, he also plays the other side of the ball and has been just as solid.
“I like to go both ways. I like playing offense and I like playing defense," he said. "I think playing both sides of the ball is really fun, and I just like to be able to be in charge and be that kid that makes players and makes other kids feel good and keep the positivity up and just keep going. ”
While the Broncs are out to a more than ideal start, they still have three games left to secure the undefeated season. Then comes playoff time.
“We are going to take it game by game, but all of our dreams have been to go get a state title," Tyson Rostad said. "And we are just going to do it game by game until we get to that goal.”
As of now, the Broncs lead the the Western A by one game over the 5-1 Libby Loggers, who they’ll face off against in two weeks. The Dillon Beavers, who lost to Hamilton in Week 4, are 4-1.
In the Eastern A, it’s the Miles City Cowboys who lead the division at a perfect 4-0, just ahead of the 3-0 Billings Central Rams.
Last year Miles City won the Class A state title over Laurel after beating Hamilton in the semifinal.