Jeff Malby, Assistant to the Athletic Director, Office of Sports Information, 406.238.7376,

Rocky signs six Montana football standouts  

BILLINGS, Mont. – February 4, 2015 – Rocky Mountain College head football coach Brian Armstrong has announced the signing of seven – six from Montana – prep standouts to the Battlin’ Bears football program.

Two Billings Skyview products, Kyle Reitler and Zane Guse, decided to stay at home and play for the Bears. Reitler is a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman, and earned first team Class AA All-State and was selected to play in the East-West Shrine game. Meanwhile, Guse, a defensive end, stands 6-foot-7 and weighs 230 pounds. He finished his senior season second team All-Conference and honorable mention All-State.

Joining Reitler and Guse are Connor Lane, wide receiver, Butte; Taylor Bienvenue, wide receiver, Broadview-Lavina; Ryder Rice, defensive lineman, Savage; Cody Johnson, kicker/wide receiver, Sidney; and, Bradley Drake, offensive/defensive line, Laclede, Idaho.

Rice’s sister, Bridger, plays on the women’s basketball program, and his father, Park, played football for the Bears. Rice (6-4, 200) finished first team All-State and All-Conference this past season.

Bienvenue, 6-4, 200, is a two-time Class C All-State selection and was chosen for the 8-man All-Star game and is an alternate for this year’s East-West Shrine Game. He is also an All-State basketball player.

Lane (6-1, 170), whose dad Dave played on the Battlin’ Bears basketball teams in the 1980s, played tight end for the Bulldogs and earned second team All-State and second team All-Conference. He caught 46 passes for 767 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Johnson (5-10, 180) earned All-Conference as a kicker and is a state champion wrestler for the Eagles.

Drake (6-1, 255) earned first team All-League honors as a center and defensive tackle while playing at Priest River High School.

Armstrong commented, “They are all good students, which is the No. 1 thing for us. They all have good size and we able to put on some more weight.”

Armstrong ensures there are more to come. “We intend to sign at least 30 players this recruiting season,” Armstrong said.

The Battlin’ Bears will open spring drills the third week of March.