EAST HELENA -- Though it might not have been the result the East Helena football team wanted, history was made on Tuesday when the Vigilantes fell to Frenchtown, 10-6, in their first home game in their new facility.
The game was locked in a stalemate with both teams coughing up the ball a couple of times in the first half, leaving the score deadlocked at 0-0 after two quarters.
In the third quarter, the Vigilantes were able to christen the field with their first touchdown when Braden Howell traversed nearly 70 yards on a quarterback run to put the score at 6-0. The Broncs found themselves on the Vigilantes' 1-yard line just a few moments later but were unsuccessful in knotting up the game.
Unfortunately for the Vigilantes, the Broncs' defense was stout, forcing the Vigilantes into their own end zone for a safety to bring the score to 6-2.
The next drive, the Broncs hit pay dirt themselves when Kellen Kimpel connected with Michael Michaud for a touchdown to make it 10-6 after a successful two-point after try.
The Vigilantes attempted to claw their way back into the game but fell short.
Following the game, East Helena head coach Gus Somerfeld was unhappy with the loss but said the game was a great barometer for how far his program has come in a year.
“We played Frenchtown last year and this program’s a real quality program and the outcomes were very different. We lost by 50 last year, so just to see that growth over the course of a year, it’s good," said Somerfeld.
The Vigilantes will look to get back into the win column when they head to Livingston on Sept. 18.