Posted: Jun 15, 2013 9:42 PM by MTN Sports
MILES CITY - Saturday's 20th annual Knights of Columbus Badlands Bowl looked like an early blowout before turning into a second-half nail-biter.
Montana's football all-stars scored early and often but had to hold off a barrage of North Dakota points before winning 43-29 in Miles City.
Manhattan's Quinn McQueary hit Josh Horner for 11 yard TD strike, then connected with Helena Capital's Gunnar Brekke on broken extra point try for an early 8-0 lead. Horner had over 100 receiving yards in the first half.
With 9:08 remaining in the first quarter, Montana cashed in on a nice punt return by Zach Bunney before Helena High's Dawson Reardon fired 15 yards to Billings Central's Jacob Stanton for a 15-0 lead.
McQueary then hit Glacier's Kyle Griffith on a 26 yard strike with 6:10 to play in the opening quarter, and the rout was on. Montana led 29-0 at the end of one and wasn't forced to punt until the second quarter.
Neither team scored in the second quarter before North Dakota answered with 21 straight to open the third. Two of those scores were interceptions returned for touchdowns. North Dakota appeared to score again on a third pick six, but it was called back due to defensive holding.
Montana clinged to a 29-21 lead entering the fourth quarter before Brekke scored twice in the final 9:13 to put it out of reach at 43-21.
Montana leads the overall series 15-5.