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POLSON — The Polson Pirates continued their undefeated football season on Saturday, with a 49-28 Class A quarterfinals playoff win over the visiting Billings Central Rams.

The playoff went back-and-forth throughout the first half with neither team taking full control of the game. 

The Rams were the first team to put points on the scoreboard in the first quarter, however on the following Polson possession, quarterback Jarrett Wilson marched the Pirates down the field on a game tying scoring drive that ended on a 40-yard touchdown pass to Colton Graham.

Early in the second quarter, Wilson gave the Pirates a 13-7 lead after he stripped the ball out of a Billings Central runner’s hands at midfield and rumbled his way 50 yards into the endzone for a touchdown.

At the 9:19 minute mark, the Rams reclaimed the lead 14-13 on a 30-yard touchdown pass. 

With just 32 clicks remaining on the game clock, Wilson once again connected with Graham for a touchdown. The late second quarter score gave the Pirates a 21-14 advantage as both teams headed to the locker room at the half.

In their first possession of the third quarter, the Pirates pushed their lead to 27-14 after Robert Perez snagged a short touchdown pass from Wilson. 

On the ensuing kickoff, the Pirates recovered an onside kick that resulted in another Wilson to Perez touchdown putting the Pirates up 35-14. 

The Pirates eliminated any chance of a Ram come back after scoring two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter. 

On the day, Wilson threw for 400 yards and six touchdowns, rushed for 92 yards and also scored on a fumble recovery.

Wide receiver Graham had 13 receptions for 200 yards and three touchdowns, Xavier Fisher snagged seven catches for 95 yards and a touchdown, while Perez had six receptions for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Defensively for the Pirates, Trent Wilson led with seven tackles with three tackles resulting in loss yards. Brock Henriksen posted five tackles and one sack.

Up next for Polson, the Pirates hit the road Saturday in a semifinal matchup against the defending state champion and top ranked team, the Laurel Locomotives.

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