The Hamilton High School Bronc football team will receive a big sendoff when it leaves Friday to play Columbia Falls in the Montana High School Association Class A State Championship game Saturday.
The HHS Booster Club is coordinating a “balloon sendoff” for the team at 10:30 a.m. on Friday. Students, community members, staff, and parents will meet in gymnasium at 10:15 a.m. and each will receive a balloon to release outside just before the football team loads the bus. All community members are invited and encouraged to attend.
On the way out of town the Bronc bus will make several stops.
“The team will visit Washington Primary, Daly Elementary, and Hamilton Middle School so all K-8 students can give them a proper Bronc Nation sendoff,” said Deb Gabelhausen, representative for the HHS Booster Club.
Hamilton Head Coach Bryce Carter said the team will get off and "high five" all the students.
“It will be fun for those kids and fun for our kids as well," Carver said.
Carver said the Broncs are looking forward to playing Columbia Falls again..
“It’s just an exciting time for our kids, staff, and community – it’s a good time,” he said. “We lost to them the second game of our year, their first game of the year, and they were our only loss this season.
“It will be fun to see how each team has changed over the course of the season and get a little redemption from the loss.”
Carver said he and the team have watched many game films and have a strategy for play.
“We made some mistakes last time and they are a good football team, so if you make mistakes you’re going to get beat,” he said. “It’s going to come down to who can make the least amount of mistakes on Saturday.”
Carver encourages Bronc fans to attend the game.
“It’s the first time the Broncs have been in the title game since 2000 and it will be an exciting time up there,” he said.
The HHS Booster Club and community businesses are sponsoring two pep buses – one for students and the other for adults. The pep buses will leave the high school parking lot at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Students need to sign up at the high school office with a permission slip signed by their parent. Community members may call the high school office at 375-6060 to sign up as well. Bus seating will be first come first serve.
The pep buses are free to students and community members, thanks to the HHS Booster Club, Big Creek Coffee, Daly-Leach Chapel, Rocky Mountain Lumber Co., Harris Sand & Gravel, and Industrial Lumber Sales.
The Class A State Championship game begins at 1 p.m. at Satterhwaite Memorial Field, 1805 Talbot Rd, Columbia Falls.
The ticket prices for playoff games will be $7 adult, and $6 for students. The Montana High School Association determines all ticket prices. No conference or school passes will be honored.
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