By AJ MAZZOLINI of the Missoulian

Loyola Sacred Heart danced in the end zone all night on Friday as the Rams capped off their homecoming week in style, blasting Plains 56-0 in a Class B nonconference game at Rollin Field.

Loyola outgained the visitors 10-fold as Ram starters racked up close to 300 yards in just the first half before the freshman team relieved them early in the third quarter. Even against backup defenders for much of the game, the Horsemen managed just 33 total yards of offense.

The Rams (3-0) looked a cut above the competition from the opening kickoff, forcing a three-and-out before a swift score, their first of eight trips to the end zone. The drive ended in only two plays as wide receiver Josh Janssen took an end-around 31 yards for a score with barely a minute gone from the game.

"I'm very happy with the way our boys came out and really took it to them early in the ball game," Loyola coach Dan Weber said.

That start helped the Rams shake any homecoming nerves.
 
 
Written by AJ MAZZOLINI
for the Great Falls Tribune

MISSOULA — The Great Falls Voyagers were the kings of the second half, but the first-half winners from Missoula channeled some of their early-season magic Saturday night at Ogren-Allegiance Field to extend their season in the Pioneer League playoffs.

The Osprey soared past Great Falls 11-1 with plenty of offense and a strong pitching performance from Jesse Darrah to keep their season alive and keep Great Falls out of the championship series for now.

The Great Falls loss means the teams will square off in a decisive Game 3 today in Missoula at 7:05 p.m. with the winner representing the North Division against either the Ogden Raptors or Orem Owlz from the South.

The Voyagers and Osprey looked like they were headed in different directions coming out of the gate in the first half of the season. The Osprey rolled to a 25—13 record on their way to winning the North Division in the first half while the Voyagers sputtered to a 17—21 mark. But Great Falls has gotten hot when it matters most, cruising to a 25—13 second-half record while Missoula won just 16 games.

None of that matters if Great Falls fails to record one more victory.