HELENA – The Helena Capital Bruins forced seven turnovers and shut out Great Falls CMR 35-0 on Friday night at Vigilante Stadium in a battle of top five teams in Class AA.
Capital forced and recovered three Rustler fumbles, turning two of them into touchdowns, while recovering two muffed kick offs, an interception and turnover on downs in the rout. CMR’s three fumbles came on option plays and led to touchdowns from Seth Schneider and Alec McVey-Touchette.
Schneider’s eight-yard scoring run off the right side put Helena Capital on the board 7-0. McVey-Touchette scampered 62 yards for another Helena Capital score, giving the Bruins a 14-0 advantage. Ryan Kimball intercepted a Garrison Rothwell pass minutes later in the second quarter before the Bruins pounced on another Russell fumble before the half.
Capital held only a 15-yard advantage in total yards at the half, but the turnovers proved costly in the opening frames. The theme continued into the second half when the Rustlers muffed a kick return. Matt McGinley found Conor McCarvel on a 13-yard touchdown pass to give Capital a 28-0 lead. The Rustlers gave the ball away on the ensuing kick return, leading to another McGinley-to-McCarvel score for the 35-0 final.
Helena Capital moves to 5-1 with the victory and travels to Billings West next weekend. Great Falls CMR falls to 3-3. The Rustlers host Billings Skyview, which earned its first win of the season on Friday night.
Class AA football scores
Billings Senior 49, Missoula Big Sky 14
Billings Skyview 27, Missoula Hellgate 7
Billings West 56, Butte 53 (2OT)
Helena High 49, Great Falls High 14
Helena Capital 35, Great Falls CMR 0
Kalispell Flathead 17, Bozeman 7
Kalispell Glacier 48, Missoula Sentinel 23