Nov 16, 2012 2:33 PM by KPAX Sports
MISSOULA - Several state championship football games will kickoff on in Montana on this weekend.
Hot Springs will host the six-man title clash Saturday, and Big Sandy will try to do something no other team has done all year, compete with the Savage Heat. The state's most dominating team is building quite a fan base to go with all the momentum.
"Every game I see faces in the crowd that I have never seen before. We just put in new stands this year, and they just get more and more each game. So I think the community just loves it. You know, they're just kind of getting their name back on the map," Hot Springs tight end/defensive end Dave Cross observed.
"Hot Springs has never had a team play in the state championship before. We've only won state titles in track and cross-country. So it's something that has never happened before. And everyone is really excited for Saturday," added running back/linebacker Wyatt Nagy.
Hot Springs isn't the only town in our area hosting a championship, with Superior entertaining Fairview in the eight-man final.
Meanwhile, Loyola takes their undefeated record all the way to Malta in the Class B championship tilt.
The Malta Mustangs have won every game this year by at least 10 points, but the Loyola Rams have beat all their challengers by at least four touchdowns.
The senior class in Missoula has been dreaming about a shot at a title for a long time.
"From day one freshman year, we've talked about hanging a banner in the RAC. And never really thought about if it would happen. But now it's here, so it's real exciting," Loyola quarterback and defensive back Bo Hughes told us.
"We've been waiting for this for practically four years now. Since we were freshman. We went undefeated, and we've been talking about it ever since," added running back/defensive lineman Austin Dahlen.
The Rams head up to Malta on Saturday afternoon. Butte and Bozeman start the championship fun Friday night while Dillon and Billings Central clash in class A.