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#MTTop40: Terry Maki, Vince Henman lead ‘Best of the Rest’

Posted at 8:19 PM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 22:19:15-04

The #MTTop40, MTN Sports’ list profiling some of the best football players in Montana history, reached its conclusion last week with Dave Dickenson taking the top spot in the quarterback rankings.

The series, which started with the defensive backs in early July, featured five players per week, plus positional honorable mentions and breakout rankings of Montana’s top specialists and 6-Man players, totaling more than 130 names during the eight-week series. Even still, there were some worthy players left off the list.

Terry Maki is one of those players who certainly could have been included. After graduating from Libby High School in 1982, Maki played college football at Air Force, where he became arguably the best linebacker in program history. Maki still holds Air Force records for single-game (30), single-season (195) and career (475) tackles.

On the offensive side of the ball, Laurel’s Vince Henman was one of the bigger omissions. Henman totaled 4,647 rushing yards and 51 touchdowns during his career at Laurel, according to Class A statistician Brian Reed, who also noted that Henman still has more career yards, carries, 100-yard games and 200-yard games than any other runner in Class A history. After helping Laurel to the Class A state championship in 1999, Henman ultimately ended up at Northern Arizona, where he had two solid seasons at linebacker alongside former Laurel teammate John Perrigo.

Maki and Henman are just two of a number of other athletes deserving of recognition on the #MTTop40. With that, we present the “Best of the Rest,” a list including players who, for whatever reason, were not featured in the weekly countdowns or on the positional honorable mentions.

#MTTop40 Best of the Rest

Butch Beaudry, Great Falls High

Dusty Birkenbuel, Great Falls High

Rob Compson, Great Falls High

Dallas Cook, Butte High

Ed Cummings, Anaconda

Tom Davis, Butte High

Paul Dennehy, Butte High

Brady Gustafson, Billings West

Gary Gustafson, Simms

Scott Hanser, Billings Central

Vince Henman, Laurel

Matt Hustad, Helena High

Matt Kegel, Havre

Dave Kempfert, Missoula Hellgate

Vic Lindskog, Roundup

Terry Maki, Libby

Jack Muhlbeier, Hardin

Jim Morrow, Moore

Eric Simonson, Plentywood

Rob Tesch, Choteau

Ron Ueland (Don and Dan), Butte Central

Rick Vancleeve, Great Falls CMR

Ron Warzeka, Great Falls High