HELENA — The Helena High football team came close to a state championship last season, but it ran into the Billings Senior buzzsaw, losing 21-12 in last November’s title game.
The Bengals haven’t forgotten that loss and are hoping to get a little redemption when they host the Broncs this Friday night. It’s not for a state title this time around, but that doesn’t matter to the Bengals.
“I’d say we have a little chip on our shoulder,” said Helena head coach Scott Evans. “I’m not going to lie about that. We’ve got a little chip on our shoulder, but I’ll tell you what: It’s a respect chip. It’s one of those things that we know, number one, they have a great program. We saw them during the summer. I have the highest respect for (Billings Senior coach Chris Murdock) and his staff and what they do, so it’s one of those things where you want to beat a program that good.”
“Our defense, if they stay solid like they have been, absolutely that will help,” said running back Grady Koenig. “That will get our offense going. We’ll have momentum. Just beat them at their own game.”
“We’re going to have to get a ton more turnovers on defense,” linebacker Sam Shepherd said. “And honestly just stay solid, don’t let them score and hope that the offense has a good game and scores some points.”
The Bengals and Broncs face off again Friday at 7 p.m. in the comfy confines of Vigilante Stadium.