By: Michael Burks

In a dramatic defensive struggle that went down to the wire Saturday, the Missoula Phoenix extended their season with a 14-13 playoff win over the Bitterroot Blaze in Darby.
With :09 seconds left to go in the game and the Phoenix up 14-7, the Bitterroot Blaze were facing a 4th and goal from the 1 yard line of the Phoenix.  The Blaze punched it in to get the TD, but then instead of going for the tie and overtime, they gambled and went for the 2 point conversion and the win.   The Phoenix denied the attempt with a crushing hit by middle linebacker James DeCoteau, got the thrilling victory and are now advancing to the RMFL AA North Championship.  The Phoenix  (6-3) will travel to Great Falls to play the undefeated Gladiators (9-0) at 5pm this Saturday