Adam Farr, head football coach at Lone Peak High School. Overview of the eight man playoff shuffle affecting 2018 post-season play.

LPHS football kicks off August 24

The Lookout got its sideline signals crossed last week and reported the opening game was away on Sept. 1. It’s actually at home on Friday, Aug. 24 vs. Box Elder. 

     Chris Samuels with the LPHS Booster Club reports game time is 5 p.m. and, “It will be preceded by a Booster community-wide ‘tailgate’ with free hot dogs and hamburgers,” plus a “Punt, Pass and Kick” competition for kids of all ages, 3-5 p.m. (Keep an eye on lonepeaklookout.com for more details.)

     The late August game begins the Big Horns’ march through regular season play with the goal of landing LPHS in one of three spots allocated to Montana’s eight man south division. During a recent interview, LPHS Head Coach Adam Farr pointed out that because the north division became lopsided this season with 13 teams, it will be granted five spots in post-season play. 

     This realignment will only apply to the 2018 season, with eight man divisions going back to having four playoff spots allocated to each, said Brian Michelotti, associate director of the Montana High School Association. 

     “It’s what we ended up doing because of the size of the north and just eight teams in the south,” said Michelotti.

     In the south division, Lone Peak is joined by Joliet, Park City, Hobson/Moore/Judith Gap, Harlowton, Ennis, Absarokee and newcomer Twin Bridges. Three of these teams will advance to the playoffs, which begin Saturday, Oct. 27, followed by state championship games Nov. 16-17.

     Find full sports schedules for LPHS athletics at lonepeaklookout.com and on Facebook @lonepeaklookout. —DM

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