Week 1: Great Falls Bison to host Billings West

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

The beginning of the high school football season doesn’t do the Bison of Great Falls High any favors. They play host to last year’s state runner-up and historic powerhouse Billings West tonight at 7:30 at Memorial Stadium.

“If I had to sum up what they look like as a team, Billings West is extremely athletic across the board,” GFH head coach Matt Krahe said. “I’m really impressed with their defensive line. They really get after the quarterback.”

Senior quarterback Kolby Sukut will manage the Bison offense this year and look to recognize the Golden Bears’ pass-rush. The 6-3, 205-pound signal-caller will look to spread the ball around to senior wide receivers Steven Paul, Dylan Tatarka and Sean Egan.

Sukut will also look to hand the ball to utility player Colter Posey.

“We want to balanced on offense,” Krahe said. “We want to control the line of scrimmage, and we have to maintain our poise when they bring the blitz.”

Krahe says the Bison will have their hands full with West’s defensive pressure in the secondary as well.

“Their secondary does a very good job of playing physically,” Krahe said. “We’re going to have to overcome that if our receivers are going to get open.”

The Golden Bears lost several key players from last year’s 10-2 team, including standout quarterback Brady Gustafson, who joined the Montana Grizzlies.

“They consistently get quality play in the quarterback play,” Krahe said. “I don’t expect anything less.”

West senior quarterback Ryan Gallogly (6-2, 180) will fill the void left by Gustafson.

“He does have big shoes to fill,” Krahe said. “He gets rid of the ball really quickly, in a short amount of time before the rush gets to him.”

The linebackers will anchor the Bison, with seniors Keenan Watt, recent Montana State commit Trevan Timmer and Zach Puckett driving the defense.

“They’ve got good size and they’re fast,” Krahe said. “Defensively, we are going to have to limit the big plays and get off the field.”

Krahe says teamwork is this year’s pillar of the Bison.

“It’s about coming together as a team,” Krahe said. “We need to have each other’s backs. If we can do that, we will have a successful season.”

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