Senior Night Win Earns Postseason Bid For Spartans

The final regular season game of the season for the Sentinel Spartans happened in front of their home crowd on senior night and the Spartans picked a big win beating the Capital Bruins 41-6 to earn a spot in the postseason.

Capital won the coin toss and deferred to the second half to give the Spartans the ball to start. Sentinel moved the ball well in the opening drive, but the Bruin defense forced a Spartan punt. The Bruins muffed the punt recovery and the Spartans found themselves deep in Capital territory, but once again the Capital defense stood tall and Sentinel would be forced to kick a 19 yard field goal.

After a drive that resulted in a 43 yard field goal by Spencer Peppenger for Sentinel, the Bruins looked to have found their groove moving the ball into the Spartan end of the field, but luck was on the side of Sentinel as they would pick the ball off at the 1 yard line and drive down the field in 99 yards in nine plays to reach the end zone for the first time on the night to take a 13-0 lead over Capital.

The Bruins had the ball to start the second half down 20-0 to Sentinel and came out with a solid drive. Capital drove down the field to just outside the red zone and had their drive stalled out on a fourth down attempt. Sentinel took over on downs and on the first play Rylan Ortt found Brandon Morley with the pass who scampered 62 yards for a touchdown to put Sentinel up 27-0.

Sentinel held the Bruins out of the end zone until late in the game when Capital put together a nine play 62 yard drive that found Conor McCarvel scoring a touchdown to get Capital on the board. Though the damage had already been with a 35 point lead the Bruins could not stop the clock to get back in to the game, but tried the onside kick unsuccessfully.

The Spartans picked up the win on Senior night and earned themselves a bid into the 2017 postseason. Most likely picking up the seventh seed, Sentinel will most likely play the Big Sky Eagles in a crosstown playoff game next Friday  night at Missoula County Stadium.

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