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  Bitterroot Blaze (2006 - Present)

Years of Operation: 2006 - Present

 

Overall Record:  19-9

 

First Game: Apr 1, 2006  vs Helena Titans

 

First Win: Apr 1, 2006 vs Helena Titans

 

Final Game:

 

League Affiliation:  

Rocky Mountain Football League AA (2006-07)

Rocky Mountain Football League AAA (2008)

 

 

Team Headquarters: Hamilton, MT

Owner: Buckie Brawley & Bryan Hellyer

 

General Manager:

 

Coaches: Joe Murawa

 

Home Field(s):

Titles Won

2007 RMFL AA Championship

 

 

 

Honors

Justin Nixon, RB 2006 RMFL Offensive MVP

Justin Nixon, RB 2007 RMFL Offensive MVP

Jamie Jones, LB 2007 RMFL Defensive MVP

Joe Murawa, 2007 RMFL Coach of the Year

 

All-League

Justin Nixon, RB (2006 AA 1st, 2007 AA 1st, 2008 AAA 1st)

Brian Gollnick, OL (2006 AA 1st, 2007 AA 1st)

Paul Tryon, DL (2006 AA 1st, 2007 AA 2nd)

Jamie Jones, LB (2006 AA 1st, 2007 AA 1st, 2008 AAA 1st)

Jason Shumacher, OL (2006 AA 2nd, 2007 AA 1st)

Brian Buckreus, DL (2006 AA 2nd, 2007 AA 1st, 2008 AAA 1st)

Buckie Brawley, QB (2006 AA Hon Men, 2007 AA Hon Men)

Chris Jones, LB (2006 AA Hon Men, 2007 AA 2nd)

Nick Bain, CB (2006 AA Hon Men)

Eric Peterson, PK (2006 AA Hon Men, 2007 AA 1st, 2008 AAA Hon Men)

Kris Rausch, WR (2006 AA Hon Men)

Kurt Rausch, LB (2006 AA Hon Men, 2007 AA 1st, 2008 AAA 3rd)

Kyle Rausch, DB (2007 AA 2nd)

Blake Cranmore, OL (2007 AA Hon Men)

Tyler Jolley, RB (2007 AA Hon Men)

Christian Brown, DB (2007 AA Hon Men, 2008 AAA Hon Men)

Patrick Evers, LB (2007 AA Hon Men)

TJ Ward, DB (2007 AA Hon Men)

Brian Smith, OL (2008 AAA 3rd)

All-America

 

 

 

In 2006, the Bitterroot Blaze were formed in Hamilton, Montana by Buckie Brawley and Bryan Hellyer.  Many of the players had broken away from the Missoula Raptors, 2005 champions of the Montana division of the RMFL.  Making the "AA" playoffs in their first season, running back Justin Nixon earned offensive player of the year.

 

The Blaze in 2007, asserted themselves at the top of the AA power structure, not only going undefeated, wire-to-wire to capture the AA title in 2007, but, setting a number of records in points allowed, defense along the way, while Justin Nixon rushed to another rushing title and a AA MVP award. The Blaze would ultimately defeat rival, Missoula for the third time in the season by a score of 15-0 to win the title.

 

Moving up to the "AAA" division in 2008 opened Bitterroots eyes to the top competition coming out of Utah as they struggled to a 3-5 finish, missing the playoffs and losing the final match to Montana rival Missoula.

 

2006 Schedule/Results (6-4):

 

Apr 1 Helena Titans 29-7
Apr 8 @ Great Falls Gladiators 2-3
Apr 22 @ Missoula Raptors 16-7
Apr 29 @ Glacier Knights 40-12
May 6 Great Falls Gladiators 14-19
May 13 @ Helena Titans 40-42
May 27 Missoula Raptors 31-12
June 3 Glacier Knights 41-0
June 10 Great Falls Gladiators* 10-0
June 24 Muddogs* 0-10
   
2007 Schedule/Results (10-0):  
Apr 7 @ Helena Titans 45-0
Apr 14 Glacier Knights 56-0
Apr 21 Helena Titans 56-0
Apr 28 @ Great Falls Gladiators 55-0
May 5 Great Falls Gladiators 35-0
May 19 Missoula Phoenix 6-0
May 26 @ Glacier Knights 91-3
June 2 @ Missoula Phoenix 20-10
June 23 Bear River Valley* 50-7
June 30 Missoula Phoenix** 15-0
   
2008 Schedule/Results (3-5):  
Apr 5 @ Missoula Phoenix 10-16
Apr 19 Salt Lake Seminoles 15-0
Apr 26 Pocatello Predators 0-13
May 3 @ Idaho Falls Mustangs 6-3
May 10 @ Davis Vipers 7-12
May 17 @ Utah Shock 10-14
May 31 Cache Valley Bears 7-41
June 6 Missoula Phoenix 41-6
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 

 

*RMFL Playoffs

 

**RMFL Championship

 
   
   

 

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