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Whitefish puts away Maroons; Eureka among NW winners

by Daily Inter Lake
| September 10, 2022 3:21 PM

WHITEFISH — Fynn Ridgeway ran for three touchdowns, Ty Schwaiger added two more and the Whitefish Bulldogs ground down Butte Central 34-20 in Western A football action Friday.

Schwaiger sparked a 21-point first quarter with a 2-yard TD run, and he added a 3-yarder in the fourth quarter that put away the stubborn Maroons.

Ridgeway scored with runs of 1 and 13 yards in the first quarter, then added a 33-yard burst in the third after Butte Central cut the gap to 21-13 at half.

Ridgeway finished with 114 yards on 13 carries; Schwaiger checked in with 69 yards on 12 totes. Ridgeway was 7 of 12 passing for 82 yards and one interception. Clayton Godsey grabbed three passes for 60 yards for the Bulldogs.

Jack Keeley threw two scoring passes for Butte Central (1-2), and threw two interceptions: Mason Kelch and Dane Hunt had the picks for Whitefish (2-1).

Whitefish 21 0 6 7 - 34

Butte Cent. 0 13 0 7 - 20

W — Ty Schwaiger 2 run (Ryder Barinowski kick)

W — Fynn Ridgeway 13 run (Barinowski kick)

W — Ridgeway 1 run (Barinowski kick)

BC — Kyle Holter 1 run (kick failed)

BC — Eric Loos 8 pass from Jack Keeley (Tony Stajcar kick)

W — Ridgeway 33 run (kick failed)

BC — Holter 6 pass from Keeley (Stajcar kick)

W — Schwaiger 3 run (Barinowski kick)

ELSEWHERE

Columbia Falls 44, Ronan 16

COLUMBIA FALLS — Cody Schweikert threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more Friday, leading Columbia Falls over Ronan in Western A football.

Schweikert was 9 of 27 passing for 139 yards, with scoring passes covering 29 and 32 yards to Reggie Sapa, 36 yards to Jace Hill and 1 yard to Justin Windauer.

With Sapa rushing for 106 yards on 13 carries, the Wildcats (3-0) won the yardage battle 321-201 over the Chiefs.

Caleb Cheff threw for 141 yards and one touchdown for Ronan. He completed 17 of 41 passes and was intercepted twice.

Schweikert’s two short scoring runs came early as Columbia Falls rolled to a 28-0 halftime lead.

Ronan 0 0 8 0 8 - 16

C-Falls 14 14 9 7 - 44

CF — Cody Schweikert 2 run (Kai Golan kick)

CF — Schweikert 1 run (Golan kick)

CF — Jace Hill 36 pass from Schweikert (Golan kick)

CF — Reggie Sapa 29 pass from Schweikert (Golan kick)

CF — Justin Windauer 1 pass from Schweikert (kick failed)

R — Caleb Cheff 9 run (PAT run)

CF — Golan 32 FG

CF — Sapa 32 pass from Schweikert (Golan kick)

R — Robbie McCray 23 pass from Cheff (pass good)

Polson 36, East Helena 13

EAST HELENA — Jarrett Wilson threw five touchdown passes, three to his brother Trent, and Polson ran over East Helena in Western A play Friday.

Jarrett Wilson also found Keyen Nash for two touchdowns, as Polson (3-0) built a 36-0 lead. He completed 22 of 40 passes for 272 yards, with one interception.

The senior QB also ran 16 times for 111 yards, though he lost a fumble at the Vigilantes’ 2-yard line after a long run. Another Pirates’ drive ended on downs inside the East Helena 10.

Trent Wilson had 10 catches for 155 yards; Nash had four catches for 66, and also ran 11 times for 58 yards.

Landon Shoemake had an interception for Polson, and teammate Trent Dwelle recovered a fumble. Polson outgained the Vigilantes 446-221.

Polson 16 13 7 0 - 36

E. Helena 0 0 0 13 - 13

P — Trent Wilson 57 pass from Jarrett Wilson (Tia Mercer kick)

P — T. Wilson 13 pass from J Wilson (Mercer kick)

P — Safety

P — T Wilson 1 pass from J Wilson (Mercer kick)

P — Keyen Nash 25 pass from J Wilson (kick failed)

P — Nash 13 pass from J Wilson (Mercer kick)

EH — Cole Richmond 4 run (Trevor Held kick)

EH — Slade Olson 6 run (kick failed)

Bigfork 55, Conrad 6

CONRAD — Tristen Herd had two long touchdown runs, threw for two more scores and Bigfork downed Conrad in non-conference Class B football Friday.

Herd had scoring runs covering 70 and 60 yards and added a 55-yard TD pass to Cole Knopik as the Vikings (2-0) took a 34-0 lead after one quarter.

Wyatt Johnson added a 57-yard scoring burst and Isak Epperly scored from 16 yards out.

Herd hooked up with Joseph Farrier for a 65-yard TD pass in the second quarter; the Vikings also got a 38-yard TD run from Jackson Nelson and a pick-6 interception from David Jayne.

In addition to his 130 rushing yards, Herd threw for 160 on 5 of 7 passing. The Vikings outgained the Cowboys 419-162. Asher Knopik had a game-high six tackles to lead the Bigfork defense.

Bigfork 34 14 7 0 - 55

Conrad 0 0 6 0 - 6

B — Tristen Herd 70 run (kick failed)

B — Wyatt Johnson 57 run (Herd kick)

B — Isak Epperly 16 run (Herd kick)

B — Cole Knopik 55 pass from Herd (Herd kick)

B — Herd 60 run (Herd kick)

B — Joseph Farrier 65 pass from Herd (Herd kick)

B — Jackson Nelson 38 run (Herd kick)

B — David Jayne 50 interception return (erd kick)

C — Tommy Hammond 31 run (run failed)

Eureka 34, Fairfield 16

EUREKA — Tristan Butts threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, and Eureka downed Fairfield in non-conference football action Friday night.

Butts ran for 81 yards on 15 carries, including TD runs covering 12 yards and 1 yard. He completed 7 of 11 passes for 130 yards, with one interception.

Braden Casazza caught scoring passes of 8 and 24 yards, and Caden Pecora had a 42-yard reception that got the Lions (3-0) on the board first.

Casazza had three catches for 70 yards; Haiden Johnson ran 14 times for 94 yards for the Lions.

Fairfield was outgained 450-196 and got its scoring from Bryden Batson, via kickoff return and TD pass.

Fairfield 8 0 0 8 - 16

Eureka 13 13 0 8 - 34

E — Caden Pecora 42 pass from Tristan Butts (Ruben Martinez kick)

E — Butts 12 run (kick failed)

F — Bryden Batson 92 kickoff return (Batson run)

E — Butts 1 run (Martinez kick)

E — Braden Casazza 8 pass from Butts (kick failed)

E — Casazza 24 pass from Butts (AJ Truman run)

F — Batson 20 pass from Christensen (Batson run)

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