Big plays highlight Great Falls High Bison football scrimmage

Great Falls High’s Colter Posey (9) tackles Brad Humphreys during the Bison scrimmage Friday night at Memorial Stadium. / TRIBUNE PHOTO/LARRY BECKNER

On the first play of the Great Falls High Bison football scrimmage Friday night, senior running back Teylor Smith took a handoff from Colter Posey and took off down the right sideline.

No one was going to catch him; the referees couldn’t even keep up.

Sixty yards later, Smith crossed the goal line, setting the tone for a fast-paced contest.

“From scrimmages like this, we look for competitiveness and hard work,” GFH third-year head coach Matt Krahe said. “I think we saw that tonight.”

The offense dotted the scrimmage with several big plays, including a 55-yard touchdown strike from Kolby Sukut to Dylan Swandal. Sukut also threaded a 30-yard pass to Jordan Jernigan, and called his own number for a quarterback keeper into the end zone.

Posey tossed a hatful of nice passes, despite a few that would have been scores being dropped. Quade Hamrell also saw time at quarterback, and the lefty threw a couple nice strikes.

“I thought all three quarterbacks, Colter Posey, Kolby Sukut and Quade Hamrell operated the offense efficiently,” Krahe said. “They all bring different skill sets to the game. I thought their play-action plays were executed well and they ran the ball well.”

The defense made its fair share of plays, including an interception returned for a touchdown. Senior linebacker Zach Puckett made several key plays to help the defense counter the onslaught of big gains from the offense.

“The defense did a really good job at picking up screen plays from the offense,” Krahe said. “I heard them call ‘screen’ quite a few times, and that’s great recognition.”

Krahe said him and his coaching staff are looking forward to breaking down the film from the scrimmage.

“We’ll get in and look at the film and we will evaluate where we sit and who competed hard,” Krahe said.

Krahe said he hopes to continue to hone each position and build the offensive line to anchor and lead the offense.

“We need to square some blocking assignments up with the offensive line,” Krahe said.

The Bison will open the schedule with back-to-back home games, playing host to Billings West on Friday, Aug. 24 and Bozeman on Friday, Aug. 31 at Memorial Stadium.

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