Tyson Rostad has made a name for himself in Hamilton and is now recognized as the Missoulian/Republic Services Football Player of the Year.
He led the Broncs to their first State A football title since 1998 in his senior season. He did so after taking over as quarterback for his brother Carson, a four-year-old starter who was a Montana Gatorade Football Player of the Year and linebacker for the Montana Grizzlies.
“I remember telling Tyson he was going to have the toughest job, step out of Carson’s shadow and be his own kid,” Hamilton coach Bryce Carver said. “It didn’t take long for people to realize he was another special player and his own type of athlete.”
Rostad’s performance last fall earned him the 2021 MaxPreps Montana High School Football Player of the Year honor. He was Western A’s co-offensive MVP as a senior and repeated as an all-state player while starting at quarterback and safety.
Calling on the voice cue, Rostad completed 70.6 percent of his passes for 2,229 yards and 27 touchdowns against two interceptions as a senior. He also rushed for 788 yards and 18 scores. On defense, he had 59 tackles and four interceptions.
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Rostad ran the ball 36 times for 228 yards and three scores in the 21-7 win over Laurel in windy conditions. The Broncs have outscored teams 101-27 in three playoff games and 495-121 while going 11-0 this season. They had lost in the state title match in 2017 and 2018.
“It’s his competitive spirit and his desire to win,” Carver said. “After we’ve been so close for the past few years, I know he personally took responsibility for winning a state title. What he did in the state championship, a lot of guys could have backed off or not competed the way he competed. He was strong enough to do it mentally and physically. His competitive spirit to win is something you can’t train or teach that comes from inside a guy.
Rostad has proven himself to be a complete athlete. He was an all-state wide receiver as a sophomore before taking over at quarterback. He started on the Hamilton men’s basketball team that placed fourth in the State A tournament in March. He also ran the third leg of the 4×100 relay team which finished fourth and placed ninth in the javelin at the State A boys track and field meet in May.
But it’s the football in which Rostad has had the most success. And that’s the sport he’ll play in college, as a member of the Montana Grizzlies. He was drafted as an athlete, plans to play defense and is listed at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds. He was valedictorian at Hamilton.
“He’s got that killer instinct on defense and likes to hit people,” Carver said. “His brain propelled him to such success. He was smart about where people were going with the ball. He probably also could have been the defensive MVP of the conference.