GREAT FALLS – This season just feels different so far for the Great Falls High football team. The Bison are 3-1 through the first four games of the season, by far their best start in more than a decade. The Bison haven’t even won more than three games in a season since 2008.
Great Falls High started out hot this season, outscoring its first two opponents by a combined score of 74-3. The Bison then snuck by Missoula Sentinel in overtime followed by a tough 28-19 loss to Billings West in which the Bison held control much of the way.
With an unpredictable Class AA field, a high-powered offense and stout defense, the players are confident their success is more than a flash in the pan.
“We have a lot of physicality and, honestly, I think that helps a lot because we have a bunch of football players out here and want to really go out and hit somebody and have fun,” said junior cornerback Madden Bryce.
“It’s more of a mental thing with these kids, we have a bunch of kids that like to play the game,” said head coach Mark Samson. “Even though we lost the game to Billings West, I found this team has a toughness about them that’s pretty darn good for high school kids. We faced a team that was bigger, faster, stronger than us and we held our own for most of the game. We have some pretty good skill kids on offense that can make some plays for us.”
“This year we just came out with a lot of energy. Two-a-day practices is where it started,” said senior wide receiver and defensive back Kyle Torgerson. “Everybody just came out with excitement and energy that we knew that it could be a turnaround year for us. It’s been that way so far, we’ve just got to keep it going.”
Great Falls High will gear up to face Missoula Big Sky (2-2) this Friday at Memorial Stadium.