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Pirates strong as they move into postseason

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POLSON — The Pirates begin their postseason challenges Saturday as they host Billings Central at 1 p.m.

At the end of the regular season, Polson leads the Northwestern A conference in rushing yards, averaging more than 256 per game, 6.3 yards per carry, and scoring on runs 22 times this season — twice as many rushing TDs as the Whitefish Bulldogs.

Polson junior Colton Cote rushed for 864 yards this season (6.08 per carry) including six rushing touchdowns to lead the league, followed by quarterback Tanner Wilson, a senior who averaged 791 total yards 6.59 per carry, and 14 rushing TDs. Scoring 92 rushing points by himself, Tanner leads the league in individual scoring. Senior Matt Rensvold sits third at 84 behind Columbia Falls’ Braxton Reiten.

In the passing game, Polson sits second for team receiving yards, but Rensvold holds the top spot for catching 54 passes for 964 total yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 17.85 yards per reception. Pirates’ quarterbacks have only thrown four interceptions this season compared to Columbia Falls’ six, Whitefish’s 10, and Frenchtown’s 15. Columbia Falls edged out Polson in total points scored — 367 to 279 for the Pirates.

Polson’s defense boasts the best record in the league for holding their opponents to only 13.75 points per game. Cadis Chowning’s four interceptions tied with a Whitefish player for the most. Additional defensive stats were unavailable.

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