Justin Strong

Justin Strong (17) carries the football for Summit High School in a game in 2011.  He is now a starter on defense for the University of Montana.

Two football players who attended high school in Fontana are aiming to contribute for the University of Montana team this fall.

• Justin Strong, a Summit High School graduate, is in his senior year of college and will be one of the top returning players on the Montana defense.

• Malik Flowers, who graduated from Fontana A.B. Miller High School earlier this year, was a late signee with the Grizzlies and is joining the team for his freshman season.

Strong played two years at Oregon State before transferring to Montana, where he became the starter at safety and played in 10 games in 2016. He was third on the team with 68 tackles.

Strong had several big moments last year, leading the team with three interceptions, including a 78-yard touchdown return on Oct. 15 against Sacramento State. He also had six pass deflections and three pass break-ups.

He recorded 11 tackles on Sept. 24 against Cal Poly and recovered a fumble on Sept. 10 at the University of Northern Iowa, where he also had 10 tackles to help Montana claim a 20-14 win

Strong was given the 2016 "Golden Helmet Award" for being the team's hardest hitter at the annual post-season banquet.

----- MEANWHILE, Flowers is hoping to use his speed as a receiver to make a statement in his first year with the Grizzlies.

Flowers was a standout all-purpose back for four years at Miller, playing well on both offense and defense. He had been recruited by two other colleges but finally decided on Montana.

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