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Helena Capital looks to limit big plays when taking on Butte Bulldogs

Bulldogs host Bruins on Friday
Posted at 11:25 PM, Oct 01, 2019

HELENA -- The Butte Bulldogs are good. With a 5-0 record to start to the 2019 season, the Bulldogs average over 45 points per game and terrorize opposing offenses with a stout defense. Headed into Week 6, the Helena Capital Bruins know they're liable to drop a few plays, simply because of how the Bulldogs are able to generate offense, but instead of focusing on completely disarming the the Bulldogs offense, the Bruins plan of attack is to limit the amount of big plays Butte unveils.

"[Butte quarterback Tommy Mellott] is going to get his. He's too good not to. We just have to limit what he gets," said Bruins' head coach Kyle Mihelish. "Obviously, schematically, we have some plans for him. If we mess up rush lanes or whatever it is, he's capable of going for 40 or 50 right away. He's going to get his runs, he's going to get his throws, we just have to eliminate the big-play factor."

That thinking flows from the top down, as Helena Capital linebacker Alex Barker knows if the Bruins want to leave historic Naranche Stadium with a win, they'll have to keep an eye on Mellott.

"Our goal is to try and keep him contained, make sure he doesn't run, wrap up on him, but he's a good quarterback," said Barker. "He can sling it, he can run it, he's mobile with it and he can take some hits."

The Bulldogs (5-0, 3-0) will host the Bruins (4-1, 2-1) on Friday at 7 p.m.