The Cut Bank Wolves football team hosted Malta on Friday night with a chance to remain near the top of the league standings, but the Mustangs had other ideas.

Malta (3-0, 6-1) leaned heavily on its power running game, led by Camryn Mears and Spencer Gillbs, and shut down the Cut Bank offense en route to a 35-6 victory.

Both teams struggled with mistakes and penalties early on. The Mustangs finally broke the ice with a 4-yard rushing TD and a 2-point conversion late in the first quarter to go up 8-0.

With the Mustangs driving again in the second, senior Damien Burke scooped up a Malta fumble to give momentum back to the Wolves (1-2, 1-5). It was short-lived, however, as Cut Bank went three and out following three incomplete passes by senior quarterback Caleb deManigold.

Malta answered with its second rushing TD in the red zone on its next drive. The Mustangs added another with about 1 minute left in the first half following a Wolves fumble. The PAT was no good, but Malta headed into halftime up 22-0 and never looked back.

Statistics from the game were not available at press time.

Cut Bank hits the road again this week for a game at Fairfield-Augusta. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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