Lions blank Vikings 28-0
| October 23, 2020 10:42 PM
EUREKA — Gunnar Smith ran for two touchdowns and the Eureka Lions held Bigfork’s power running game out of the end zone in a 28-0 Western B football victory Friday.
Caleb Utter and Tucker Smith added scoring runs for Eureka (6-2 overall, 4-1 in league), which held Bigfork to 180 yards of offense, 102 on the ground. The Vikings’ Connor Benn, who came in with 1,695 rushing yards, managed 80 on 23 carries.
Gunnar Smith ran 19 times for 145 yards, including a 16-yard scoring run late in the first quarter, and a 12-yard TD in the third. Remington Little added another 80 rushing yards for the Lions, on 11 carries. Utter completed 4 of 7 passes for 41 yards, and ran 10 times for 35.
The Lions get the Western B’s No. 2 seed into the State B playoffs, which begin next week. Bigfork (6-3, 3-2 in league) gets the No. 3 seed.
Bigfork 0 0 0 0 - 0
Eureka 7 7 7 7 - 28
E - Gunnar Smith 16 run (Danny Dunn kick)
E - Caleb Utter 4 run (Dunn kick)
E - G. Smith 12 run (Dunn kick)
E - Tucker Smith 3 run (Dunn kick)
Frenchtown 14, Libby 6
FRENCHTOWN — Tel Arthur had two short scoring runs in the first half and the Frenchtown Broncs made them hold up for a snowy 14-6 win over Libby in a key Western A game.
The win, coupled with Dillon’s 39-33 win over Whitefish, makes Frenchtown (7-2) the No. 3 seed out of the Western A and Columbia Falls (6-3) the No. 4 seed.
Libby (5-4) drew to 14-6 on a Dawson Young 1-yard touchdown run at 2:04 of the third quarter. The Loggers later recovered a Frenchtown fumble but couldn’t capitalize.
Frenchtown heads on the road to play Laurel in the playoffs next week; Columbia Falls is also on the road, to take on Eastern A champion Billings Central.
Western A champion Hamilton will play host to Sidney and Miles City will travel to play Dillon in the other first-round playoff games.