Montana Class AA preps sports notebook

If you haven’t heard, the C.M. Russell High football team prevailed in the game of the century, as my colleague Jesse Geleynse likes to call it, on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

The Rustlers needed three overtimes and a bold play from Helena Capital that backfired to pull away from the reigning state champion Bruins.

Heading into the highly anticipated matchup, I was nervous for the home team.

The Bruins fielded the state’s most elusive offensive player in Gunnar Brekke while the Rustlers’ took the pitch with a new QB.

I was weary about how Josh Horner would respond as CMR’s ringleader. I knew he was an athlete but I didn’t know what to expect from him starting under center.

The kid is a winner.

Horner was brilliant, accounting for all four of the Rustlers’ scores. He took three TDs in himself and tossed the game-winning pass to Justin Pfennigs in the third overtime.

I was more impressed with Horner’s prowess than CMR head coach Jack Johnson was. But the ball coach knew Horner had it in him all along. I guess this neophyte sports writer will be taking more notes the next time he meets with Jack.

After all, Jack’s been doing this for 40 years. He knows a thing or two…million.

CONTINUING THE Class AA football front, Matt Krahe and the Great Falls High Bison earned their much-deserved first win of the season Friday.

I didn’t have the pleasure of watching the Bison topple the Kalispell Flathead Braves, but I know Colter Posey did everything is his power to change the tide for GFH, which had opened the season with back-to-back losses.

Posey is one of the fastest players in the state and don’t be surprised if the Bison can take this victory and string some wins together on Posey’s behalf.

ON THE VOLLEYBALL COURT, the Billings Senior Broncs are good.

And that may be the understatement of the year as far as Class AA prep sports go.

In the championship match of the Electric City Volleyball Invitational, Taylor Mims and Kiahna Steiner combined for 13 kills to lead the Broncs over Billings Skyview 25-23, 25-19.

Senior (12-0) never dropped so much as a set during the two-day tournament en route to its first Great Falls title since 2008.

SEVERAL CROSS COUNTRY teams tested their fortune — and fitness — in Flathead last weekend.

Though the Knights of Missoula Hellgate won both boys’ and girls’ titles at the Flathead Invitational, it was a couple outstanding individual performances that made the headlines.

Kalispell Glacier senior Troy Fraley and Bigfork sophomore Makena Morley each set course records in winning their respective races at Kidsports Complex.

Fraley finished in 15 minutes, 10.26 seconds to claim the boys’ individual title. Morley won the girls’ race in 17 minutes, 47.87 seconds.

I don’t think I could eat my McDonald’s cheeseburger that fast, let alone run a few miles. Maybe I should try to do both?

Maybe not.

Reach Daniel Mediate at (406) 791-1492, or at dmediate @ greatfallstribune.com. Follow him on Twitter @GFTribDMediate

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