The seventh-ranked Great Falls Red Devils built up a 28-7 lead in the third quarter and weathered a Gray Collegiate comeback attempt and picked up a 28-20 victory Friday night at Pride Valley.
The win improved the Red Devils to 7-0 overall on the season and marked the fifth time this fall it has won by eight points or less.
The Red Devils opened the scoring in the first period. Quarterback Chris Culp scampered in from six yards out, and when John Hall added the first of his four extra points on the night Great Falls led 7-0.
The Red Devils upped the count to 14-0 early in the second quarter when Lemarion Crane scored on a five-yard run. Gray Collegiate cut the deficit to 14-7 with a score late in the second half, and that was the count when the teams headed for the dressing room at intermission.
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Great Falls went back to work early in the third period. Culp hit Shyheim Kelly with a 60 yard touchdown pass to make it 21-7. Craine got his second touchdown of the night later in the quarter when he scored from three yards away to make it 28-7.
Gray Collegiate scored late in the third period to cut the deficit to 28-14. The visitors added another score with 2:05 remaining in the contest to make it 28-20, but the Red Devils stopped Gray Collegiate on its next possession to hang on for the win.
The victory was the second of the season over Gray Collegiate. The Red Devils beat them 21-16 at Great Falls in the second week of the season.
The loss dropped Gray Collegiate to 1-5 in its first season of varsity competition.