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Bozeman Battles Billings West in Summer Football Scrimmage

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It may be June, but the weather appears to be what we might see in the fall, and with fall comes football.

On Friday the Bozeman Hawks welcomed Billings West for a summer scrimmage.

"It started off a little slow today,” said Bozeman head coach Troy Purcell. “We had a little lightning delay with this and that. It was great to be able to hit and hit live and giving them the experience of playing football and being ready to go."

After a quick rain delay, the day started with the teams going up against each other in individual drills.

It soon went into a live scrimmage.

"They've spent a lot of time in the off season,” said Billings West head coach Paul Klaboe. “A lot of them spending time throwing and catching the ball. A lot of them in the weight room. So it kind of gives them a little taste of what the fall is going to be like. It's a motivator to help them get through summer and help them lift and realize there is still a long ways to go."

"Having that opportunity to come out in June and get some practice time in, get some terminology in,” said Purcell. “We have a lot of young kids in the program right now. We graduated a lot last year, and I'm just real proud of their effort."

There was no score kept today so there were no winners or losers.

But it was a chance for the teams to learn where they stand.

"Camps really help as far as who is going to play, who can play, and how much of a change they've made from a sophomore to a junior or a junior to a senior," Klaboe said.

"All you do is beat up on yourself all the time,” said Purcell. “It's a lot nicer having an opportunity to go up against somebody, especially a great opponent like Billings West. We have a few other teams that usually we have at this, but they couldn't make it this year. So it was us and West. I think they got better, we got better, and it was just a positive day."

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