Cut Bank defensive back Matt Larson picks off a pass in front of Fairfield receiver Guidry Giles Friday night to set up a game tieing, Colten Barsness touchdown run. Larson recorded seven solo tackles to go with his interception and was named Defensive Player of the Game by head coach Dylan Johnston.

The Cut Bank Wolves may have fallen to 0-3 in last weekend’s conference tilt with the top ranked Fairfield Eagles but the local gridders held a high-scoring Eagle offense in check for most of the game before falling 28-7. Cut Bank will look to pick up their first win of the season as they travel to Glasgow this Friday. 

The first quarter with the Eagles was a defensive battle with neither team finding the end zone. Fairfield struck first in the second stanza to take a 7-0 lead but a Matthew Larson interception left the Wolves with great field position late in the half. Colten Barsness took advantage as he hit the pay dirt and Cody Racki’s PAT tied the game up at 7-7 going into the break. 

The Wolves defense stayed tough in the third quarter but Fairfield managed to find the end zone and take a 14-7 lead into the final quarter. Cut Bank couldn’t rally late in the game and the Eagles took advantage of good field position to score twice more for the game’s final margin. 

The Wolves were outgained in total offense 240-102. Cut Bank kept the Fairfield’s passing game in check as quarterback Keeley Bake was unable to find a receiver for a touchdown and threw an interception in the contest. 

The Wolves gained 50 yards through the air led by Justin Crowe who went 1-3 for 35 yards. Bauer Seewald connected on all three of his pass attempts for 15 yards. 

Racki was the recipient of Crowe’s pass and led the Wolves with 35 receiving yards while Hayden Hedges caught a pass for eight yards and Barsness caught two for seven yards. 

Barsness led the ground game with 42 yards and was named Offensive Player of the Game and Hedges picked up 20 rushing yards.

Defensively Austin Vanek totaled nine tackles including a sack and another tackle for loss followed by Andrew Andersen who had eight solo tackles with two for loss. Andersen was named the Special Teams Player of the Game. Larson recorded seven solo tackles to go with his interception and was named Defensive Player of the Game. Dayne Barbie had six tackles and Jayden Augare had four in the loss. 

“Our kids played well and came out swinging,” said head coach Dylan Johnston. “We knew we had to be aggressive from the start and our defense rose to the challenge. Offensively we again struggled with penalties but Colten Barsness was able to make a lot of things happen with his legs as was Hayden Hedges. I’m proud of the way the kids battled the entire game, we just made too many mistakes. Against a good football team those come back to haunt you in the end.”

Cut Bank will travel to Glasgow for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday. The Scotties are 2-0 on the season with wins over Conrad and Baker. 

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