EUREKA — For the third time in four years, the Eureka Lions are headed back to the Class B state title game.
The Lions held off the Red Lodge Rams 39-35 in a semifinal game at Lincoln County High School in Eureka on Saturday.
The Lions lost running back Chet McCully for the second half but not before he drove in a touchdown early in the second quarter for a 14-7 lead.
Quarterback Hank Dunn rushed for two touchdowns and connected with Austin Sartori for three more. His longest play of the game was a 65-yard bomb to Sartori in the second.
Sartori caught five passes for 171 yards.
Dunn threw for 281 yards and rushed for 154.
Eureka outgained Red Lodge 569 to 282 yards of total offense.
The Lions won back to back titles in 2016 and 2017, so this is familiar territory for them.
It will be the first time this playoff season that Eureka will go on the road. Manhattan is hosting the title game, set for Saturday, Nov. 23. Time is to be determined.
Manhattan beat defending champion Fairfield 25-19 on Saturday to advance to the title game.
Red Lodge 7 7 21 0 — 35
Eureka 7 20 12 0 — 39
E — Hank Dunn 39 run (Danny Dunn kick)
RL — Jay Jetmore 90 kickoff return (Jay Graham kick)
E — Chet McCully 3 run (D. Dunn kick)
E — Austin Sartori 65 pass from H. Dunn (D. Dunn kick)
RL — Jetmore 49 pass from Rizon Berndt (Graham kick)
E — H. Dunn 2 run (D. Dunn kick failed) (blocked)
RL — Braden Tomlin 36 pass from Berndt (Graham kick)
E — Sartori 34 pass from H. Dunn (PAT pass Dunn to AJ Pacella failed)
RL — Tomlin 5 run (Graham kick)
E — Sartori 42 pass from H. Dunn (PAT pass Cory Chaney to H. Dunn failed)
RL — Austin Heimer 7 run (Graham kick)
Rushes-yds 21-87 50-288
Passing-yds 195 281
Att-comp-int 13-19-0 13-19-0
Total offense 282 569
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-yds 7-65 5-45
Punts-avg 3-42.3 1-23.0
PASSING — Red Lodge: Rizon Berndt 13-19-2-0-195. Eureka: 13-19-3-0-281.
RUSHING — Red Lodge: Finnegan Davis 11-45, Jay Jetmore 2-30, Austin Heimer 5-19. Eureka: Hank Dunn 23-154, Chet McCully 12-50, Austin Sartori 5-48, Jake Kindel 10-36.
RECEIVING — Red Lodge: Braden Tomlin 5-98, Jay Jetmore 2-55, Finnegan Davis 3-28. Eureka: Austin Sartori 5-171, AJ Pacella 4-82, Jake Kindel 2-10, Colter Casazza 1-10, Corbin Hurst 1-8.