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Missoula Sentinel quarterback Riley Allen runs for a touchdown against Bozeman on Thursday at Missoula County Stadium.

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MISSOULA — JJ Dolan was used to having the ball in his hands as a sub-varsity quarterback during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

The senior has since been an all-state defensive back for Missoula Sentinel, but he saw the field on offense again in Week 2 against Bozeman in the home opener Thursday at Missoula County Public Stadium. Dolan punched in two touchdowns, his first offensive scores at the varsity level, while taking snaps out of the Wildcat formation.

Those points to cap sustained drives were pivotal for the Spartans (2-0), who were shut out in the second half and scored their two other touchdowns on quick strikes. Their creativity around the goal line helped the still-evolving offense overcome injuries and a quick turnaround from last week to score a 29-7 win over the Hawks (0-2) and push their winning streak to 23 games.


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