The Choteau High School varsity football team will play its last regular season at home on Friday against the Chinook High School Sugarbeeters at 7 p.m.
This will be the last game at home for Choteau senior running backs Jeff Colesworthy and Carter Morgan and linemen Jared Selander and Jacob Major. The senior players along with senior cheer squad member Yazmin Bogden and their parents will be honored at senior night before the start of the game.
The Choteau Bulldogs were scheduled to play seven games this season — five in conference and two nonconference, but Great Falls Central Catholic High School cancelled its Sept. 18 game with Choteau because of COVID-19. Choteau instead traveled to Charlo for another nonconference game.
GFCC has forfeited its varsity season, and the game with Choteau should count as a win for the Bulldogs, CHS Athletic Director John Shepherd said.
With the forfeit, Choteau is now 2-5 overall and 2-3 in conference.
Shepherd on Monday said regardless of the outcome of this Friday’s game with Chinook, Choteau should play one post-season game Oct. 15 or 16 on the road against a Pool B team that will not have playoff implications. Shepherd also said he has scheduled an extra game for the Bulldogs on Oct. 21 at Lone Peak High School.
Choteau is one of 48 schools making up 43 teams in eight-player football this season. Teams are divided into four divisions: Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western. Choteau plays in the Northern Division along with other Pool A teams Fort Benton, Great Falls Central Catholic, Belt, Cascade and Rocky Boy. The Pool B teams are Chester-Joplin-Inverness, Simms, Hays-Lodgepole, Chinook, Shelby and Harlem.
In last week’s action, Choteau traveled to Fort Benton to take on an undefeated FHS Longhorn team.
The Longhorns beat Choteau, 47-26, in a game that saw Coach Lucas Gunderson make use of both junior quarterback Garret Torok and sophomore quarterback Bowen Rappold. Fort Benton is now 5-0 on the season and will play Simms this weekend.
Fort Benton’s Andrew Ballantyne powered the Longhorns to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter as he scored on five-yard and 10-yard runs, plus one run for two extra points.
In the second quarter, Ballantyne scored again on a one-yard run and then Choteau answered with Jeff Colesworthy scoring on a 45-yard run to put Choteau on the scoreboard with six points. Fort Benton’s Jackson Schemele capped off a scoring drive with a five-yard touchdown run, and at halftime, Fort Benton led, 28-6.
In the second half, Fort Benton went up again with a 65-yard run. Carter Morgan began hitting his stride and scored on a rough-and-tumble 48-yard run. Fort Benton eluded Choteau’s defenders however and scored again. At the end of the third quarter, Fort Benton led, 41-12.
Choteau scored twice in the fourth quarter on short runs by Morgan while Fort Benton scored just once more on another big running play, to win 47-26.
According to statistics from Coach Gunderson, Torok had two incomplete passes for 0 yards while Rappold completed two passes for 50 yards. Jacob Beattie caught both of Rappold’s passes.
Most of Choteau’s offense, however, came from rushing yardage. Colesworthy had 28 carries for 182 yards and one touchdown, Morgan had 13 carries for 137 yards and three touchdowns and Beattie had two carries for 15 yards. Torok had one carry for no yards and Rappold had two carries for a loss of four yards.
Choteau 0-6-6-14 — 26
Fort Benton 14-14-13-6 — 47
Fort Benton — Andrew Ballantyne 5-yd. run. (Kick failed.)
Fort Benton — Ballantyne 10-yd. run. (Run good.)
Fort Benton — Ballantyne 1-yd. run. (Kick good.)
Choteau — Jeff Colesworthy 45-yd. run. (Run failed.)
Fort Benton — Jackson Schmele 5-yd. run. (Kick good.)
Fort Benton — 65-yd. run. (Pass failed.)
Choteau — Carter Morgan 48-yd. run. (Run failed.)
Fort Benton — 1-yd. run. (Kick good.)
Choteau — Morgan 5-yd. run. (Run failed.)
Fort Benton — 49-yd. run. (Run failed.)
Choteau — Morgan 1-yd. run. (Run good.)