Whitefish picked up its first win of the season in a dramatic 28-27 comeback over Butte Central.
Down 27-21 with a minute to go, the Bulldogs faced a fourth-and-5 on the opposing 24-yard line. Quarterback Mark Anderson took the snap, looked left and floated a fade to receiver Josh Dudley, who made a sliding catch at the 3-yard line. The next play, Anderson took a quarterback keeper up the middle for an easy touchdown.
Carver Gilman, 4 for 4 on points-after on the night, knocked in the go-ahead score to put the Dogs up one.
Four straight incompletions by Butte Central sealed the win.
Butte opened the scoring with a rushing touchdown by quarterback Cade Holter on their opening drive of the game.
Whitefish responded with an Anderson quarterback sneak from one yard out to even things at 7-7.
Butte got the ball on a strange turnover late in the first quarter, after Whitefish set up their offense with about 20 seconds to go before pulling the team to huddle up on the sideline and let the clock run out. A scuffle occurred, and the referees claimed that because the Bulldogs’ center had set the ball to snap before getting up and moving, it was a fumble and a live ball.
A Butte touchdown followed shortly after, but the point after attempt was blocked.
Later in the half Holter hit receiver Luke Jensen on a 29-yard touchdown pass. After a successful two-point conversion, the Dogs had themselves in a 21-7 hole.
Whitefish responded on the first play of the ensuing possession, however, with Anderson hitting Ian Calaway for a 41-yard touchdown.
Early in the third quarter, Whitefish evened things up with a short touchdown run by Jack Schwaiger.
Holter scored on a short quarterback keeper with 10 minutes to go in the fourth to put his team up 27-21. The point after attempt hit the upright, and would later be a major mishap for Butte.
Whitefish (1-2) plays at Corvallis next week.