Bigfork eyes improvement going into playoffs

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  • Eureka wide receiver AJ Pacella (3) looks to run after a first quarter reception against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Chet McCully reaches across the goaline on a two-point conversion try in the first quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork quarterback Patrick Wallen (10) hands off to running back Kainin Lafontaine (24) in the first quarter against Eureka at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork quarterback Patrick Wallen (2) looks to throw under pressure from Eureka defensive end Remington Little (27) in the second quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka wide receiver Austin Sartori (10) breaks a tackle en route to a first quarter touchdown against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka defensive back Hank Dunn (5) breaks up a pass in the second quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka quarterback Hank Dunn (5) takes off running in the second quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Jake Kindel (33) breaks free on a screen pass in the first quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork running back Levi Taylor (3) gets around the edge on a run in the second quarter against Eureka at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka tight end Cory Chaney (25) heads upfield after a reception in the first quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork running back Kainin Lafontaine (24) looks for running room against Eureka at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka quarterback Hank Dunn (5) looks to throw in the second quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Jake Kindel (33) breaks a tackle by Bigfork’s Brandon Wenze (50) in the first quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka wide receiver Austin Sartori (10) is pursued by Bigfork defensive back Jackson Abney (21) on a first quarter reception at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Jake Kindel (33) is brought down just short of the goaline by Bigfork’s Levi Taylor (3) and George Bucklin (11) in the first quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork running back Levi Taylor (3) is brought down by Eureka’s Jake Kindel (33, left) and Chet McCully (4) on a run in the first quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork quarterback Patrick Wallen (2) calls out his pre-snap cadence in the first quarter against Eureka at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka tight end Cory Chaney (25) extends a stiff-arm to Bigfork linebacker Kainin Lafontaine (24) on a reception in the first quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork quarterback Patrick Wallen (2) rolls out to pass in the first quarter against Eureka at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Jake Kindel (33) breaks free on a screen pass in the first quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork running back Levi Taylor (3) is tackled by Eureka defensive back Grady Seal (57) in the second quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka defensive back Hank Dunn (5) pulls down an interception in the first quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka quarterback Hank Dunn (5) looks to throw in the second quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka wide receiver Austin Sartori (10) heads to the end zone for a first-quarter touchdown against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork running back Levi Taylor (3) gets around the edge on a run in the second quarter against Eureka at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka quarterback Hank Dunn (5) looks to throw in the first quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Chet McCully (4) finds running room against Bigfork in the second quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka quarterback Hank Dunn (5) breaks tackles on a run in the second quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork running back Levi Taylor (3) collides with Eureka linebacker Chet McCully (4) on a first quarter run at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Chet McCully (4) is wrapped up by Bigfork defenders, from left, Levi Taylor (3), Robbie Kaiser (71) and Fletcher Postlewait (67) in the first quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

  • Eureka wide receiver AJ Pacella (3) looks to run after a first quarter reception against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Chet McCully reaches across the goaline on a two-point conversion try in the first quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork quarterback Patrick Wallen (10) hands off to running back Kainin Lafontaine (24) in the first quarter against Eureka at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork quarterback Patrick Wallen (2) looks to throw under pressure from Eureka defensive end Remington Little (27) in the second quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka wide receiver Austin Sartori (10) breaks a tackle en route to a first quarter touchdown against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka defensive back Hank Dunn (5) breaks up a pass in the second quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka quarterback Hank Dunn (5) takes off running in the second quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Jake Kindel (33) breaks free on a screen pass in the first quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork running back Levi Taylor (3) gets around the edge on a run in the second quarter against Eureka at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka tight end Cory Chaney (25) heads upfield after a reception in the first quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork running back Kainin Lafontaine (24) looks for running room against Eureka at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka quarterback Hank Dunn (5) looks to throw in the second quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Jake Kindel (33) breaks a tackle by Bigfork’s Brandon Wenze (50) in the first quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka wide receiver Austin Sartori (10) is pursued by Bigfork defensive back Jackson Abney (21) on a first quarter reception at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Jake Kindel (33) is brought down just short of the goaline by Bigfork’s Levi Taylor (3) and George Bucklin (11) in the first quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork running back Levi Taylor (3) is brought down by Eureka’s Jake Kindel (33, left) and Chet McCully (4) on a run in the first quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork quarterback Patrick Wallen (2) calls out his pre-snap cadence in the first quarter against Eureka at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka tight end Cory Chaney (25) extends a stiff-arm to Bigfork linebacker Kainin Lafontaine (24) on a reception in the first quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork quarterback Patrick Wallen (2) rolls out to pass in the first quarter against Eureka at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Jake Kindel (33) breaks free on a screen pass in the first quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork running back Levi Taylor (3) is tackled by Eureka defensive back Grady Seal (57) in the second quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka defensive back Hank Dunn (5) pulls down an interception in the first quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka quarterback Hank Dunn (5) looks to throw in the second quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka wide receiver Austin Sartori (10) heads to the end zone for a first-quarter touchdown against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork running back Levi Taylor (3) gets around the edge on a run in the second quarter against Eureka at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka quarterback Hank Dunn (5) looks to throw in the first quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Chet McCully (4) finds running room against Bigfork in the second quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka quarterback Hank Dunn (5) breaks tackles on a run in the second quarter against Bigfork at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Bigfork running back Levi Taylor (3) collides with Eureka linebacker Chet McCully (4) on a first quarter run at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

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    Eureka running back Chet McCully (4) is wrapped up by Bigfork defenders, from left, Levi Taylor (3), Robbie Kaiser (71) and Fletcher Postlewait (67) in the first quarter at Bigfork High School on Friday. (Casey Kreider/Daily Inter Lake)

Last Saturday, the Eureka Lions maintained their undefeated record with a commanding win over the Bigfork Vikings. The Lions established dominance early on with three touchdowns in the first quarter followed by two more in the second, which put them at 34-0 going into the second half. Despite the stiff competition, the Vikings didn’t throw in the towel — Bigfork’s Levi Taylor ran in a touchdown from eight yards in the final quarter, putting Bigfork on the scoreboard with a final score of 44-6.

Vikings head coach Patrick Munson called the Lions “a tough opponent” that used their speed to their advantage.

“They have an extremely fast backfield,” Munson said. “I don’t think anybody in Class B has a backfield with as much speed as they do.”

The loss to Eureka brings Bigfork’s season record to 3-5 for the year.

Bigfork is a young team, Munson said, and starts six sophomores on both offense and defense. But he’s proud of how his players have grown throughout the season.

“Even though they’re young, they’re very eager and focused on getting better every week,” Munson said. “There’s always those little experience things that will come with age for them.”

This weekend, the Vikings will have another chance to test their teamwork on the field when they face undefeated Red Lodge in a playoff game Saturday at 1 p.m. in Red Lodge. Going into the playoffs, Red Lodge is the No. 1 seed, while Bigfork is seeded fourth.

“We’d definitely like to get a win in the playoffs and continue another week,” Munson said. “We’re going to have to play really good football in order to do that.”

He described Red Lodge as an experienced team that runs the ball well and has some sizable players.

But they’re not the only ones bringing a lot of muscle to the table. One of Bigfork’s greatest assets is their massive defensive line, with players averaging around 250-260 pounds. The Vikings also have a knack for getting interceptions and have nabbed a total of 20 turnovers and takeaways this season combined.

The Vikings are a team that prioritizes constant growth, and uses each and every game and practice session as an opportunity to improve.

“We believe that kids that have the right attitude and give the right amount of effort are going to find themselves in the right position more often than not,” Munson said. “We’re happy with the success we’ve had so far in the season with such a young team.”

Eureka 22 12 0 8 — 44

Bigfork 0 0 0 6 — 6

First Quarter

E — Hank Dunn 1 run (AJ Pacella kick)

E — Chet McCully 14 run (Austin Sartori PAT pass failed)

E — Sartori 11 run (Jake Kindel PAT pass from Dunn)

Second Quarter

E — Kindel 1 run (Dunn PAT pass to Kindel failed)

E — Sartori 39 pass from Dunn

Fourth Quarter

E — McCully 6 run (McCully PAT run)

B — Levi Taylor 8 run (Patrick Wallen PAT pass to Izak Epperly failed)

Team Stats

E B

First downs 24 13

Rushes-yds 31-394 3 6-153

Passing yards 118 44

Comp-att-int 6-11-2 4-18-1

Total offense 512 197

Fumbles-lost 1-1 0-0

Penalties-yds 5-60 1-5

Punts-avg 0-0 4-39

Individual Stats

PASSING — Eureka, Hank Dunn 6-11-118-1-2. Bigfork, Patrick Wallen 4-17-44-0-0.

RUSHING — Eureka, Chet McCully 18-227, Jake Kindel 9-132, Hank Dunn 3-24. Bigfork, Levi Taylor 18-128, Patrick Wallen 7-17, Wyatt Herd 9-8.

RECEIVING — Eureka, Austin Sartori 2-57, Jake Kindel 1-34. Bigfork, Kainin Lafontaine 2-24, Isak Epperly 1-18.

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