University of Montana Western head football coach B.J. Robertson announced the signing of three Hamilton, Mont., seniors to Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent to play football for the Bulldogs. The signings include Mont., Southwest A offensive most valuable player (MVP) Josh Bauder, all-state receiver Teague Blome, and first team all-conference linebacker Matthew Turley.
Bauder is a 6’ 0” 195 pound quarterback who roamed the Bronc secondary as well. He threw for 2,873 yards and 23 touchdowns while rushing for 150 yards and seven touchdowns his senior year. He was selected as the first team all-state quarterback as well as the Mont., Southwest A offensive MVP. He was the starting quarterback for three years and earned conference honors for his play all three seasons. Bauder showed his athleticism by also lettering in basketball and track the past three years.
“Josh has a live arm and is a strong physical kid,” Coach Robertson said. “He comes from a passing offense that was coached by former Western Bulldog quarterback Travis Blome.”
Off the field Bauder is part of the honor roll and H-club. He plans to study secondary education while attending Montana Western. He is the son of Dean and Wendy Bauder.
Blome is a 6’ 0” 170 pound wide receiver/safety. During his senior season he had 1,000 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns while being selected to the all-state team. Defensively he had four interceptions and earned first team all-conference honors as a safety. Blome was selected as an all-conference safety as a junior and a second team all-conference safety as a sophomore. In addition to his exploits on the football field he has been selected to the all-state 4x4 track team.
“Teague is a ball hawk on offense and on defense,” said Coach Robertson. “He has a great feel for the game and has that big play ability we look for. We are thrilled he is joining the Bulldog football family.”
He plans to study physical education while attending Montana Western. He was coached by his brother and former Bulldog Travis Blome while attending Hamilton High School. Teague is the son of Jim and Tracey Blome.
Turley is a 5’ 10” 175 pound linebacker. He earned first team all-conference recognition following his senior season. In addition to being a part of the Bronc football team, he has lettered in track three years.
“We liked the toughness and grit Mathew displayed at our camp this summer,” Coach Robertson said. “We are excited to add that type of kid to our program.”
Off the field Turley has been named to the honor roll for his work in the classroom. He plans to study elementary education while attending Montana Western. He is the son of Mike Turley and Kathy Weston.
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