Nov 6, 2010 1:48 AM by Aslan Hodges
Bozeman came into Friday night's contest versus Butte with the #1 ranked offense in the state. In fact, Bozeman was the only Class AA team to average over 40 points per game. Impressive. Butte High, had the 3rd ranked offense in the state, averaging a shade over 30 points per game. So it should be no surprise that when the lights flipped on at Van Winkle Stadium, the scoreboard operator would have a busy night.
Tanner Roderick once again distinguished himself in a class of his own. 5 rushing touchdowns, including a 58 and 60 yarder. He had 601 yards of total offense. Oh, and he threw a touchdown too, so make that 6 touchdowns and 601 yards. We're running out of superlatives to describe Roderick, but his coach did not.
"He's unbelievable," said Bozeman head coach Troy Purcell. "He's probably the best football player I've ever coached, ever seen [in high school]." It should be noted, while at Havre, Purcell coached eventual Griz standout and current NFL, Tennessee Titan, Marc Mariani.
Matt Berg led a valiant effort by the Butte Bulldogs who immediately responded to Roderick's opening touchdown pass to Trevor Shellenberg. Berg had nearly 300 yards of passing and 4 touchdowns, two which went to fellow senior Jake Dallaserra. However, the Hawks and Roderick came right back with those two touchdown scampers of 58 and 60 yards. Head coach Arie Grey and his Bulldogs seemed to find their stride this season as a dynamic passing offense and will now look to reload as a number of key offensive starters will be lost to graduation.
Bozeman advances to the semifinals, where they will face the winner of Saturday's contest between Helena Capital and Billings Senior. Bozeman has not faced Capital this season, but disposed of Senior 41-6 on the road back on September 25th.