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Bigfork puts 6 on B All-State football team

| November 23, 2022 12:00 AM

Six Bigfork Vikings made All-State for Class B football, the Montana Coaches Association announced this week.

In all 36 players were honored, spread between the West, South and East divisions.

Bigfork, which lost in the semifinals to Missoula’s Loyola Sacred Heart, had the most selections. Huntley Project had five.

Running back Joseph Farrier, who ran 874 yards and 16 touchdowns, was among the Vikings picks. So was linebacker/guard Manny Baldi as well as receivers Isak Epperly and Nick Walker, H-back Bryce Gilliard and quarterback Tristen Herd.

Epperly caught 31 passes for 427 yards and seven touchdowns, all team highs. Walker and Gilliard each averaged over 20 yards a reception and combined for five receiving TDs. Gilliard is All-State for a second straight year.

Herd threw for 1,528 yards and 21 touchdowns, with six interceptions. He’s the lone junior among the Viking honorees; the rest are seniors.

Florence, which won its second straight State B crown, had four selections while Missoula Loyola and Eureka each had one: Talen Reynolds and Tristan Butts.

Butts, a junior, threw for 538 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 813 yards and five more scores for Eureka.

Reynolds, also a junior, rushed for 1,706 yards for the Rams, who fell 48-7 to Florence in the championship.

Thompson Falls had two All-State picks in junior Hayden Hanks and senior Elijah Ratliff.

Florence quarterback Patrick Duchien is All-State along with teammates Colten Rice, Ethan Alexander and Jonathan Luhmann.

Duchien had another huge season: 2,803 yards and 31 touchdowns passing, 1,124 yards and 19 touchdowns rushing. Luhmann, a 275-pound two-way lineman, announced his commitment to the MSU Bobcats on Monday.

Class B All-State

Patrick Duchien 12 Florence

Colten Rice 12 Florence

Isak Epperly 12 Bigfork

Nick Walker 12 Bigfork

Ethan Alexander 11 Florence

Bryce Gillard 12 Bigfork

Talen Reynolds 11 Loyola

Tristan Butts 11 Eureka

Elijah Ratliff 12 Thompson Falls

Joseph Farrier 12 Bigfork

Jonathan Luhmann 12 Florence

Tristen Herd 11 Bigfork

Hayden Hanks 11 Thompson Falls

Manny Baldi 12 Bigfork

Luke Donally 12 Huntley Project

Connor Hash 12 Shepherd

David Wohlfeil 12 Huntley Project

Braxton Fulton 11 Shepherd

Wylee Lindeen 12 Huntley Project

Garrett Sholley 12 Huntley Project

Kolby Lechner 12 Huntley Project

Bryden Batson 12 Fairfield

Juliun Benson 12 Wolf Point

Morgan Fast 12 Glasgow

Spencer Gibbs 12 Malta

Tatum Hansen 11 Glasgow

Eli Hanson 12 Malta

Camryn Mears 12 Malta

Dawson Sweat 12 Townsend

Case Cruz 12 Manhattan

Ryan Racht 12 Townsend

Miles Hoeruf 12 Whitehall

Dylan Root 12 Boulder

Luke Oxarart 10 Boulder

Ridger Jones 12 Townsend

Leo Scafani 12 Whitehall