published on Saturday, September 12, 2009 12:01 AM MDT By GIDAL KAISER Chronicle Sports Writer

Troy Purcell knew his team’s ability to beat Kalispell Glacier would come down, in essence, to turnovers. Holding a 35-28 lead, Bozeman (1-2) got the ball back with 6 minutes, 23 seconds to play in the contest and a chance to clinch the game with an elongated drive. Facing a second-and-11 at his own 43, junior quarterback Tanner Roderick pushed ahead four yards but was hit hard and stripped of the ball by Glacier defensive end B.J. Corpron. Glacier linebacker Boyce Ballard fell on top of the ball, giving the Wolfpack (2-1) the ball at the 48-yard line with 3:26 to play in the game. Senior quarterback Shay Smithwick-Hann needed only 11 seconds to tie the game, bursting through the line, shedding a tackle in the secondary and flying up the left sideline to tie the game at 3:15.

Bozeman’s T.J. Leep catches some air against Glacier at Van Winkle Stadium Friday night. Unfortunately, the coach’s prediction came true Friday night as the Hawks n who had one turnover at halftime n coughed up the ball twice in the second half and the Wolfpack came back to win, 41-35, in overtime.

The Hawks ensuing drive faltered, but the Bozeman defense held firm and gave Roderick and the offense one final shot with six seconds to play. From his own 33, Roderick found senior tailback TJ Leep down the sideline near midfield. The jittery back juked and jived his way back to the middle of the field to get behind blockers near the Glacier 30-yardline, but was pulled down at the 18 with no time on the clock.

Glacier selected to defend to start overtime, and Bozeman had the ball at the 10 with four chances to score. Yet, the turnover bug bit hard again, as Roderick’s pass went into a sea of players and came out in the hands of safety Justin Schenck, who was coming in to replace starting strong safety Jake Konen who earlier had dislocated his elbow. “He’s got to get all the credit in the world coming up with that interception,” Wolfpack head coach Grady Bennett said. “That sealed the deal for us, and it was a great play.” The Wolfpack got the ball at the 10, lined up in a two tight end formation, and gave the ball to senior running back Taylor Hart. Hart, who finished with only 62 yards on 13 carries, got to the 4-yard line on first down and busted through the line on second down, bulldozing the rest of the way to give Glacier only its fourth win in the program’s history.

“It’s real tough,” Hawk head coach Troy Purcell said. “My hat’s off to Grady and his club n they’re an outstanding team, especially offensively. “I said at the beginning turnovers would decide this thing, and sure enough it did.”

Bennett was almost awestruck as he pondered the comeback in the locker room. “This is such a credit to our kids for never quitting,” he said. “It was 35-21 with, what eight minutes to go? Part of being a championship program is learning how to win when you’re on the road and down. These kids showed that tonight.” Glacier’s comeback negated a near-perfect performance from Roderick. The Hawk signal-caller was 22-for-37 for 339 yards and three touchdown passes, including two to Jake Owsley. He also ran for 61 yards on 17 carries and a 1-yard run which tied the game at 14 in the second quarter. “He did what he had to do to keep us in the game, give us the lead, and the offensive line did a great job too,” Purcell said. “You can’t get big plays downfield like Tanner did without that line doing its part and blocking how they did.” The biggest recipient of Roderick’s career game was senior Jake Owsley, who caught eight balls for a career-best 132 yards and two scores. Owsley turned a 6-yard curl route into a 65-yard touchdown after breaking multiple tackles and streaking down the left sideline, and his “jump and get it” 6-yard touchdown catch put the Hawks up 28-21 late in the third quarter. Just under five minutes later, Leep took an option pitch at the last possible second and raced down the sideline for a 43-yard touchdown and a 35-21 lead. Unfortunately for a packed home crowd, the joy did not last as long as they would have liked it to. “Our defense played well at times, especially in the first half,” Purcell said. “It’s a young defense, and we just have to continue to improve. “I am proud of our kids and the effort they gave, and it was a great battle.”

Glacier 41, Bozeman 35 (OT)
Glacier 0 14 7 14 6 - 41
Bozeman 7 7 14 7 0 - 35

First Quarter
B: Trevor O’Brien 5 pass from Tanner Roderick (Roderick kick)
G: Shay Smithwick-Hann 11 run (Brendan Hagan kick)
Second Quarter
G: Taylor Hart 2 run (Hagan kick)
B: Roderick 1 run (Roderick kick)
Third Quarter
B: Jake Owsley 66 pass from Roderick (Roderick kick)
G: Smithwick-Hann 10 run (Hagan kick)
B: Owsley 6 pass from Roderick (Roderick kick)
Fourth Quarter
B: T.J. Leep 43 run (Roderick kick)
G: B.J. Corpron 6 pass from Smithwick-Hann (Hagan kick)
G: Smithwick-Hann 48 run (Hagan kick)
G: Hart 6 run

Rushing: Glacier n Hart 13-62; Smithwick-Hann 8-103; Wiley Fusaro 8-32; Connor Fuller 1-20; George Werk 2-7. Bozeman n Leep 24-112; Roderick 17-61.
Passing: Glacier n Smithwick-Hann 13-24-1-192. Bozeman n Roderick 22-37-1-339.
Receiving: Glacier Bryan Chery 8-150; Werk 2-21; Fusaro 1-7; Hart 1-7; Corpron 1-7. Bozeman Owsley 8-132; Matt Kallstrom-cho 5-113; O’Brien 3-11; Heath Hunter 2-19; Tanner Burgard 2-45; Leep 1-0; Logan Codding 1-19.