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Warm up the Bus: Thompson Falls at Scobey tops this week’s long road trips

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Posted at 1:58 PM, Nov 05, 2020

THOMPSON FALLS — The Thompson Falls football team finished the regular season a perfect 8-0 record in the 8-Man West division. The Bluehawks played four road games this fall at St. Ignatius, Alberton-Superior, Arlee and Troy.

If you combine the distance traveled from those four trips, you get 291 miles. That wouldn’t get you halfway to the Bluehawks' destination in the second round of the 8-Man playoffs.

Thompson Falls is set to travel 616 miles one way this weekend for a playoff matchup with Scobey on Saturday. According to Google Maps, the journey will take 10 hours, 9 minutes.

It’s the longest journey so far in the playoffs and the second-longest possible journey remaining among all classifications. The only trip with the potential to top the distance of this game would be if Fairview and Thompson Falls met in the 8-Man final, with 655 miles separating the two towns.

Speaking of Fairview, the Warriors own the second-longest trip this weekend, traveling 560 miles and more than eight hours west to Philipsburg for a quarterfinal date with the No. 1-seed Flint Creek Titans of Drummond-Philipsburg.

The Pacific Ocean is closer to Thompson Falls than Scobey. Below is a list of other destinations closer to Thompson Falls than Scobey.

  • Seattle, Washington (394 miles)
  • Portland, Oregon (474)
  • Vancouver, British Columbia (530)
  • Edmonton, Alberta (566)
  • Boise, Idaho (440)
  • Ogden, Utah (590)
  • Jackpot, Nevada (615)
  • Buffalo, Wyoming (608)
  • Chaplin, Saskatchewan (594)

This week’s shortest trip belongs to Shields Valley. The Rebels are making a quick 45-mile trip to White Sulphur Springs in the 6-Man semifinals.

Complete travel distances and times for every playoff matchup is listed below.


Helena Capital at Billings West234 mi3 hours, 38 mins
Bozeman at Helena98 mi1 hour, 52 mins
Great Falls at Missoula Sentinel167 mi2 hour, 51 mins
Glacier at Billings Senior452 mi7 hours, 1 min

Average distance: 238 mi
Average travel time: 3 hours, 50 mins
Total distance: 951 mi
Total travel time: 15 hours, 21 minutes


Laurel at Hamilton354 mi5 hours, 33 mins
Miles City at Billings Central146 mi2 hours, 5 mins

Total Distance: 500 mi
Total travel time: 3 hours, 50 mins


Columbus at Glasgow322 mi5 hours, 1 min
Malta at Manhattan315 mi4 hours, 52 mins
Whitehall at Fairfield152 mi2 hours, 19 mins
Townsend at Florence166 mi2 hours, 53 mins

Average distance: 239 mi
Average travel time: 3 hours, 46 mins
Total distance: 955 mi
Total travel time: 15 hours, 5 minutes


Joliet at Fort Benton239 mi3 hours, 50 min
Fairview at Flint Creek560 mi8 hours, 22 mins
Shelby at Park City319 mi4 hours, 55 mins
Thompson Falls at Scobey616 mi10 hours, 9 min

Average distance: 434 mi
Average travel time: 6 hours, 43 mins
Total distance: 1734 mi
Total travel time: 26 hours, 52 minutes


Big Sandy at Froid/Med-Lake320 mi5 hours, 15 mins
Shields Valley at WSS43 mi0 hours, 39 mins

Total Distance: 363 mi
Total travel time: 5 hours, 54 mins


Average distance: 280 mi
Average travel time: 4 hours, 26 mins
Total distance: 4,483 mi
Total travel time: 47 hours, 51 minutes