MISSOULA – Luke Taylor’s interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter helped Bigfork hold off Manhattan 27-14 on Friday night at Washington Grizzly Stadium. The 20-yard return capped a second-half comeback for the Vikings (1-0), who trailed 14-13 early in the third quarter.
Michael Nehring found Lane Veltkamp for the opening score of the game, a five-yard touchdown pass that gave Manhattan a 7-0 lead. Bigfork responded in the second frame, with Anders Epperly scoring from a yard out to tie the game at 7-7. Epperly found Randy Stultz for a touchdown right before the halftime buzzer, giving the Vikings the 13-7 advantage.
Manhattan found the end zone in the third quarter, as Landon Liudahl returned an Epperly interception nearly 90 yards, with a point-after attempt giving the Tigers a 14-13 lead. But Bigfork moved right downfield, with Stultz capping a drive with a short touchdown run, before Taylor’s interception put the game away for good.
Washington Grizzly Stadium hosts its second Class B game in as many days on Saturday, with Jefferson meeting Florence at 2 p.m.
Class B football scores
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Bigfork 27, Manhattan 14
Colstrip 1, Wolf Point 0 (forfeit)
Columbus 36, Red Lodge 7
Missoula Loyola 33, Huntley Project 25
Salmon (Idaho) 28, Anaconda 0
Shepherd 14, Malta 2
Three Forks 33, Deer Lodge 6
Townsend 45, Thompson Falls 0