Jack Johnson chats with Helena coach Tony Arntson on the sidelines. (TOM WYLIE/MTN Sports)

HAVRE — Helena High head football coach Tony Arntson is set to interview for the same position at Montana State-Northern.

The Havre Daily News first reported that Arntson will be in Havre on Friday to interview for the position. MTN Sports confirmed the report with MSU-Northern athletic director Christian Oberquell.

Arntson has been the coach at Helena High for the past 24 seasons, guiding the Bengals to appearances in the Class AA state championship games in 1998, 2001, 2010 and 2017. They lost all four title games, including this year’s 21-12 loss at Billings Senior.

Under Arntson’s tutelage, Helena High has qualified for the State AA playoffs every year since 2005, advancing to at least the semifinal round eight times.

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A former Great Falls CMR and University of Montana football player, Arntson will interview at MSU-Northern on Friday. There will be a community forum at 4:30 p.m.

Northern is seeking a head coach after Aaron Christensen resigned on Oct. 25 following a 93-13 loss at Montana Tech. Christensen won just two games, compiling a 2-27 record during his tenure as the Lights’ head coach.

Defensive coordinator Jake Eldridge served as the interim head coach for Northern’s final three games of the season. Eldridge has coached with the Lights for 10 seasons.

Arntson is the first candidate to interview for the job this fall, and Oberquell said no other interviews have been finalized.

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