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Class AA football roundup: Helena Capital stuns Billings Senior to stay in playoff hunt

Posted at 11:25 PM, Oct 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-20 01:29:28-04

HELENA – Helena Capital outscored Billings Senior 21-0 in the second half en route to a 42-21 Class AA football victory at Vigilante Stadium on Friday night. The win keeps the Bruins, now 4-5 this season, in the Class AA playoff hunt.

Billings Senior fell to 6-3 with the loss.

Bridger Grovom threw two touchdowns in the opening half, the first to Kaelan Casey for a 7-0 lead, then another to Parker Johnston to push the Bruins ahead 14-7. Oran Nash-Bergen’s 35-yard receiving score was the first for the Broncs. Nash-Bergen added a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown before halftime to tie the game at 21.

But the second half belonged to the Bruins, with Brady Martin opening the third quarter with a touchdown, which was followed by a Cy Miller score. Anthony Guiccione’s punt return touchdown ended the scoring.

Billings Senior, which has clinched a playoff spot, fell behind Helena High and Kalispell Flathead in the race for home playoff games. Bozeman clinched the No. 1 seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with its win over Great Falls High on Thursday, while Billings West will also host at least one postseason game.

Class AA football scores

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Butte 56, Billings Skyview 13
Helena High 34, Missoula Sentinel 28, OT
Helena Capital 42, Billings Senior 21
Kalispell Flathead 62, Missoula Hellgate 23
Billings West 34, Great Falls CMR 21 (Thursday)
Bozeman 52, Great Falls High 26 (Thursday)
Kalispell Glacier 34, Missoula Big Sky 14 (Thursday)