The Choteau High School varsity football team will host Rocky Boy for Homecoming on Friday, Sept. 24.
The junior high football squad will play at 4:30 p.m. and the varsity game will start at 7 p.m. First Bank of Montana will serve a free barbecue Homecoming meal next to the football field, starting at 4 p.m. after the Homecoming parade, which starts at 3:30 p.m., finishes.
During the varsity football game halftime, the Homecoming royalty will be introduced and the king and queen announced and the children who took part in Cheer Camp will perform.
The Rocky Boy Northern Stars have had some success this season, drubbing Great Falls Central Catholic by more than 20 points a couple of weeks ago. They will be looking for their first-ever football win at Choteau.
Coach Lucas Gunderosn on Monday said Rocky Boy is big up front and likes to throw the football. Choteau will work on defensive strategies to defend the pass. The boys will focus this week on playing error-free ball and finetuning defensive schemes.
The Choteau boys are now 0-4 on the season and 0-2 in conference. Last week, they were scheduled to play GFCC in a conference match, but COVID-19-related contact tracing forced the postponement of the game. As of Monday, Gunderson said he did not know whether the conference game would be rescheduled.
Instead, Choteau traveled to Charlo for a nonconference game, which they lost, 44-34, in an explosive offensive free-for-all.
The Choteau boys amassed 289 yards in rushing and 94 yards in passing in the game for a total of 383 yards offense, their highest offensive yardage total so far this season.
Quarterback Garrett Torok handed off the ball to Jeff Colesworthy 23 times for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Carter Morgan had 13 carries for 41 yards and one touchdown while Landon Jamison had one carry for 12 yards and a touchdown. Torok kept the ball himself for seven carries and nine yards.
In the air, Torok completed nine of 14 passes for 94 yards. He was intercepted twice. Jacob Beattie had eight receptions for 74 yards and Derrek Brownell had one reception for 20 yards.
Choteau got solid defensive performances from Derrek Brownell Jared Selander, Morgan, Jacob Major, Beattie, Colesworthy and Torok tackling and defending the pass. They all had a handful of tackles and played really well, Gunderosn said.
On offense, Torok was able to move the ball effectively, using Colesworthy and Morgan’s running ability, and mixing it up with passes to Beattie and others.
Gunderson said the boys got off to a slow start and were down, 6-20, at halftime. They had two solid chances to score in the first half, but threw an interception derailing one drive and lost a fumble, derailing the other drive.
At the start of the second half, Charlo ran back a 79-yard kickoff return to score again, but the Choteau boys did not give up. They played aggressively and got back within 10 points before the final buzzer, Gunderson said.
He said the whole Charlo school community and Booster Club were very gracious hosts for the game and provided a pizza meal for the boys.
Gunderson said he is confident the Choteau boys will continue to work hard. They know, he said, that but for a few critical mistakes, they could be sitting at 3-1. “The kids haven’t given up,” he said. “They are really fighting.”
Choteau 6-0-16-12 — 34
Choteau — Jeff Colesworthy 65-yd. run. (Kick failed.)
Charlo — 50-yd. run. (Run good.)
Charlo — 1-yd. pass. (Pass failed.)
Charlo — 10-yd. run. (Pass failed.)
Charlo — 79-yd. kickoff return. (Run good.)
Choteau — Morgan 1-yd. run. (Run good.)
Charlo — 6-yd. run. (Pass good.)
Choteau — Colesworthy 4-yd. run. (Run good.)
Charlo — 5-yd. run. (Pass good.)
Choteau — Colesworthy 4-yd. run. (Run failed.)
Choteau — Jamison 12-yd. run. (Run failed.)