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Rocky football inks eight future Battlin’ Bears

BILLINGS, Mont. – February 10, 2015 – Rocky Mountain College head football coach Brian Armstrong has announced the signing of eight more student athletes to the Battlin’ Bears football program.

Joining the Battlin’ Bears are Montana natives Shane Larson of Conrad; Trent Farnworth, Wibaux; Devan Goode, Vaughn; Koby Ruff, Belgrade and Trent Prevost, Savage.

Jeremy Williams (Cottonwood, Calif.), Kasen Filbert (Buffalo, Wyo.) and Cory Roemeling (Kennewick, Wash.) round out the second round of signees.

These standouts join Armstrong’s first group – announced Feb. 4 – that consisted of Montanan’s Kyle Reitler and Zane Guse (Billings Skyview), Taylor Bienvenue (Broadview-Lavina), Ryder Rice (Savage), Cody Johnson (Sidney), as well as Priest River High School’s (Idaho) Bradley Drake. 

Larson is a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, who played linebacker for the Cowboys. This past season, Larson earned Class B All-State and first team All-Conference honors. He was selected to play in this summer’s East-West Shrine Game and Class B All-Star game. He was also named to the Great Falls Tribune Super State team.

Farnworth (5-11, 250) was a two-time Class C All-State defensive and offensive tackle as a junior and senior for the Longhorns. He was also named first team All-Conference at both positions his junior and senior seasons. He was also a Great Falls Tribune Super State team honoree. This summer Farnworth will play in the Bob Cleverly 8-man All-Star game in Butte and the East-West Shrine Game in Laurel. 

Goode, whose uncle Jim Goode played fullback for the Bears in the 1980s, is a 5-foot-10, 212-pound linebacker, who prepped at Simms High School. As a senior for the Tigers, Goode was named Class C All-State and first team All-Conference. He was also first team All-Conference as a junior. Goode is also a two-time Academic All-State award winner. 

Ruff (5-9, 160) was named to the Class A All-State team at cornerback this season. He was also named to the Central A All-Conference team as a cornerback and return specialist. As a junior he was named an All-State return specialist. Ruff was Academic All-State all four years.

Prevost, a 5-foot-10, 180-pounder, was recruited to Rocky as an athlete. He was first team Class C All-State and first team All-Conference as well as Academic All-State this season.

Williams is a 5-foot-11, 195-pound linebacker out of West Valley High School. He is a three-year starter; two-time All-League linebacker as well as his team’s most valuable player on defense.

Cory Roemeling, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound offensive lineman, was a three-year starter on both lines for the Suns at Southbridge High School. He was named second team All-Conference for three seasons, and was team captain this past season. 

Filbert (5-9, 175) played running back at Buffalo High School. He earned All-State this past season and was All-Conference for three seasons.

“As was with the first group, these guys are excellent student athletes,” Armstrong said. “They will make an impact on campus, in the classroom and on the football field, in the not too distant future.”

Armstrong intends this year’s recruiting class to number at least 30 student athletes. 

Rocky will begin spring drills the third week of March, which will be Armstrong’s sixth as the Battlin’ Bears’ head coach.