Class B All-Star Football Game Returns to Red Lodge

BILLINGS — In years past, we've seen the Class B All-Star football game at places like Daylis Stadium, Rocky Mountain College and Lockwood High School. Fantastic venues, but no home for a Class B team.

That changes on Saturday when Red Lodge hosts the 35th edition of the game, marking the first time in 20 years that a Class B school has hosted the game.

“I'm really excited about it. With our artificial turf field and the backdrop, I think it's one of the coolest places to play high school football,” said Thomas Buchanan of Red Lodge. “I know our community will come and watch us too, so it's going to be a great experience for everyone.”

“I think it's great that it's in a Class B town,” said Adam White, Red Lodge athletic director and South's head coach. “It means more when Class B kids are running on that Class B field. I guess I'm biased, but the stadium we have up there is pretty special. Beartooth Pass is opening. It's coming at just the right time. The town is already going to be buzzing, but to add this on top of that — it's going to be fun.”

After a week of training and years of bitter rivalry, some insults were exchanged between the two sides, as Saturday's match will not be lacking in competitive spirit.

“Maybe a little bit. Maybe for the Jefferson kids,” said Malik Little of Missoula Loyola, a member of the North. “There's always rivalry between (Loyola), Jefferson and Florence, no matter what sport.”

The South is seeking its second straight win in the series, which the North leads 18-16, with kickoff at 1 p.m. Saturday in Red Lodge.