Laurel football fans have plenty of options to see the Bobcats in the title game Jan. 8

By 
Jaci Webb Of The Laurel Outlook
Thursday, December 30, 2021
Dave Bequette will happily pour a beer for folks during the big game at High Plains Brewery.

Dave Bequette will happily pour a beer for folks during the big game at High Plains Brewery.

The MSU-North Dakota matchup game will be shown on all the big screens at Fowl Play. T and Tawna will be serving up pizza and wings for game watchers on Jan. 8.

The MSU-North Dakota matchup game will be shown on all the big screens at Fowl Play. T and Tawna will be serving up pizza and wings for game watchers on Jan. 8.

When Touchdown Tommy and the rest of the talented Montana State Bobcats take on North Dakota State University Jan. 8 in Frisco, Texas, there will be thousands of fans left behind in the Montana cold.

But plenty of Laurel bars and pubs will step up to show the game, which will be broadcast on ESPN 2, a premium cable channel. Fans have been rooting for the Bobcats and hoping for a repeat of their title run in 1984. Kickoff for the championship game is 10 a.m.

Some local fans had to turn back when the Bozeman Pass closed due to severe weather when the Bobcats hosted South Dakota State on Dec. 18. The Bobcats, led by freshman quarterback Tommy Mellott, beat the South Dakota Jackrabbits, 31- 17. Now they are pitted against another neighbor state, North Dakota. That makes the game feel even more like a hometown rivalry.

With flights being canceled due to staffing issues at many airlines, travel is again a big issue for the hardcore fans willing to fly to Texas for the championship game next weekend.

Brenda Frank, manager of High Plains Brewing, said they’ll open at 9:30 a.m. on game day and show the televised game.

“We have our diehard customers who will want to come over and watch the game,” Frank said.

High Plains will provide appetizers and cold beer will be offered for sale. It’s hard to say how many football fans will want a beer at 10 a.m., but Frank predicted there will be some.

“I always tell people, it’s a crap shoot every time I open the doors,” Frank said.

Joe Holetz, owner of Fowl Play Sports Bar and Casino, said he’ll have the game on the big screen, but don’t try to book the banquet room for a Bobcats viewing party because it’s already reserved.

“We’ve had six inquiries to reserve our banquet room. We had to give it to the first inquiry,’’

No worries, though, there will be plenty of seating in the main room, and Holetz expects a good crowd.

Sid’s Place Bar & Grill will also show the big game as well as the Caboose Saloon, where the Bobcats have been drawing a crowd all season, according to owner Phyllis Wasson.

“We have a few Bobcats fans here,” Wasson said. “We have one fan who comes in from Columbus.”

Even some Griz fans plan to watch the game. As one man said, “When it’s a Montana team – whether you’re a Cats fan or a Griz fan_—we’re all hoping for a win.”

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