The Bozeman Hawks are the new AA State High School Football Champions after defeating the Glacier Wolfpack 24 to 14.
"This team has worked so hard," said Hawk senior Will Dissly. "We definitely put in the hours. Just to look at the seniors face and to hug those guys and say we're number one for the rest of our lives, you can't explain that."
"You usually don't get a chance as a junior to play in two different state championships," Hawk head coach Troy Purcell said of his seniors. "It definitely helped motivate them and get them better. They did a great job."
Bozeman headed into their matchup 12-0 looking to finish with their first perfect season since going 13-0 in 2010.
Both offense came out ice cold on a freezing night at Van Winkle Stadium as the first quarter ended with neither team scoring any points.
But the Hawks went to the air in the second quarter and that was when the Bozeman offense began to take off.
Will Weyer found Chandler D'Agostino 44 yards down the sideline. On the very next play Weyer handed the ball off to Cordell Appel who went 38 yards for the Hawks first score.
Weyer would then throw for two touchdowns, one to Wyatt David and the other to Will Dissly to give the Hawks a 21-0 lead late in the 2nd quarter.
Glacier quarterback Brady McChesney had trouble finding his receivers as he was picked off twice earlier in the game but found Logan Jones out of the backfield for a 72 yard touchdown which sent the teams into the locker room with Bozeman leading 21-7.
The Hawks fell in the 2012 championship game to Butte but made sure that wouldn't happen again as the defense took over from there and held the Wolfpack to just one more touchdown. Bozeman has their redemption from last years championship loss as they are your new AA state champions with the 24-14 win.
"When John D'Agostino got that last pick we were pretty excited," said Purcell. "We knew then we had the game in hand. Hats off to Glacier. Coming out here to a frozen field and a long trip down, they played exceptional. They're a very young team so I expect to see them in this thing next year."