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Helena Capital Bruins learning from growing pains

Posted at 11:28 PM, Sep 06, 2018

HELENA — The Helena Capital football team is currently sitting in an unfamiliar area. The Bruins are winless, playing two road games and suffering two lopsided losses.

But the Bruins aren’t hitting the panic button just yet.

“It’s a lot of inexperience,” said head coach Kyle Mihelish. “We’re playing with a lot of juniors, we’re getting some work out of the seniors that are out there. Both classes, seniors or juniors, you know one thing that we’re emphasizing is, yes, doing the little things correctly, and if you take care of all those little things the broad picture will be just fine.”

There are a lot of little things right now. The Bruins missed 33 tackles against Kalispell Flathead, resulting in 150 yards after contact for the Braves. Flathead defeated Capital 37-9 last week. The Bruins lost at Great Falls High 32-0 in Week 1.

“On film we saw a tremendous amount of improvement,” said Mihelish. “I know the scoreboard didn’t look like it, but we cleaned up a lot of things defensively, and I know we did offensively, as well.”

“We’ve all been hustling to the ball really well, that’s one of the big positives our coaches have been telling us,” said senior cornerback Gus Hanson. “We’re all hustling really well. And, granted we’re not probably doing the right stuff, but we’re all hustling and doing everything together it seems like, so we just got to fix everything.”

The Bruins will be playing their first home game of the season on Friday, welcoming Butte to Vigilante Stadium.

“It will be nice, it will be a change,” said Hanson. “We’ve been away for the two games now. It will be interesting see everybody around (Vigilante Stadium) playing under the lights.”

“We told the kids, ‘This is a ‘have to win’ for us,'” said Mihelish. “Our backs are against the wall, we got to get going.”

Kickoff between the Bruins and Bulldogs is set for 7 p.m. Friday.