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SBLive’s 2021 preseason all-state Montana high school football team: Billings West, Helena take charge with five selections apiece

One of those picks from Helena is Montana QB commit Kaden Huot, who has thrown for nearly 3,400 yards and 32 touchdowns in two seasons as a starter.
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With the Montana high school football season set to begin on Aug. 27, SBLive Montana is releasing its preseason all-classification, all-state team for the 2021 season.

Fourteen different schools spread out among Class AA, A and B are represented on this team, which was selected by SBLive Sports correspondent Doug Drowley with input from a plethora of Montana high school coaches.

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PRESEASON ALL-STATE OFFENSE

Quarterback: Kaden Huot, Helena, Sr.

Considered the top player in the state at his position entering the 2021 season. Has committed to play at Montana. Even with God-given talent, has the ability to grind. Does all the extra things needed to be successful.

Running back: Jacob Miller, Billings Senior, Sr.

A diminutive 5-7, he’s short but not small at over 160 lean pounds. A good athlete that was one of two AA backs to rush for over 1,000 yards a season ago (1,098) with five TDs. Athleticism goes beyond football field in ability to land standing backflips. Good vision.

Running back: Jake Rendina, Kalispell Glacier, Sr.

One of the strongest players in Montana, he won the junior division title at the U.S. Powerlifting Championships in June. Has offers from all three military academies. Enters season having rushed for 2,377 yards and 37 TDs, including a 276-yard, seven-TD game last October against Hellgate.

Wide receiver: Ian Finch, Missoula Hellgate, Sr.

Vocal leader for the Knights enters his senior year already with 98 career receptions for 1,738 yards and 14 TDs in 18 games played. Caught 52 passes for 840 yards in just a seven-game, pandemic-shortened season as a junior.

Wide receiver: Colton Graham, Polson, Sr.

The 6-foot-2 pass catcher had five double-digit reception games as a junior, including his 14-catch, 217-yard, three-TD effort against Butte Central Catholic last October. Was an all-state pick, then earned the most votes in all-state basketball voting to be named the state MVP in that sport.

Wide receiver: Garrett Stone, Great Falls, Sr.

Transferred in from Houston,