For nearly two quarters, the upset Missoula Big Sky football team stayed with the undefeated Kalispell Glacier on Thursday night at Missoula County Stadium.
Then the Wolfpack turned on the afterburners, scoring 38 unanswered points en route to a 55-14 win. Glacier took their record to 3-0 while Big Sky fell to 1-2, failing to build on the momentum of a win at Billings Skyview last week.
“We’ve been talking about it all week about how we need to keep our foot on the gas pedal and keep grinding,” Glacier trainer Grady Bennett said. “Thanks to Big Sky for playing hard.”
Glacier struck first as sophomore running back Kobe Dorcheus rushed 67 yards for a touchdown with 9:23 left in the first period. Five minutes later, the Wolfpack took a 10-0 lead on a 35-yard field goal from Rhett Measure.
Glacier’s lead jumped to 17-0 on a 29-yard TD pass from Gage Sliter to Van Scholten before Big Sky got on the board early in the second quarter. Colter Ramos caught a 67-yard bomb from Drew Martins. The Eagles then recovered a poo kick and Martins then found Joey Sandberg for a 5-yard TD pass as the hosts reduced their deficit to 17-14.
The Wolfpack responded with two straight touchdowns to close out the half. Sliter ran nine yards for a score and threw a 6-yard screen pass to Kaid Buls who went for a TD, giving the visitors a 31-14 lead which they took on the break.
The second half was all Glacier. Jackson Hensley and Buls scored in the third quarter and Bridger Smith scored midway through the fourth on a pass from Sliter to make it 52-14. Measure added a late short field goal.
Glacier finished with 482 total yards to Big Sky’s 217. Sliter completed 25 of 32 passes for 367 yards and four touchdowns. Dorcheus ran for 76 yards.
“Gage (Sliter) is such a good decision-maker,” Bennett said. “He responds very well to coaching and he does a great job throughout his progressions.
“He knows where his eyes need to be to do his readings. It was another amazing performance from him and for the most part he had all day to throw.
Martins completed 15 of 29 passes for 182 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Sandberg had 53 yards rushing and 13 receiving yards on two catches.