Big Sky Conference

Estes overcomes injury, earns shot with Bobcats


The mental struggles outweighed the physical pain until one day, Mark Estes decided he would not let one injury ruin his dreams.

The Flint Creek (Drummond-Phillipsburg co-op) star began receiving interest from Montana State after attending MSU’s individual football camp the June before his junior season. That interest piqued when Estes scored six touchdowns in Flint Creek’s season opener in September of 2016.

Late in that opening contest against Twin Bridges, disaster struck. The do-everything quarterback tore his ACL in his right knee, ending his junior season and putting his aspirations of playing Division I football on hold.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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