HELENA -- The Helena High Bengals were on a roll through the first two weeks nabbing wins over Great Falls CMR and Belgrade, but on Sept. 13, they fell to the Butte Bulldogs by a final score of 35-27.
While the loss stained the start of the Bengals' conference season, senior linebacker Hayden Ferguson doesn't think they should put too much thought into the past given there are six weeks left until the playoffs.
"It is the start of conference, but now you're like, 'OK, that game is done,'" said Ferguson. "We've got six more conference games to win before we head to the playoffs, so I think that game is done and passed. We learn from it, but we forget about it."
Now looking ahead, the Bengals will face the Missoula Big Sky Eagles on Sept. 19. The Eagles may only be 1-2 overall on the season, but their sole win came against the Bozeman Hawks, proving they can and will beat a team if opportunities present themselves. Bengals head coach Scott Evans knows that, but he isn't worried as long as the team makes sure it gets off the bus ready to hold its own.
"They're a tough, hard-nosed football squad, so we're just going to go play them as best as we possibly can," said Evans. "What they did in the past? We know they played (Missoula) Hellgate, we know they played Bozeman and (Billings) West - we don't worry about that, we have to concern ourself with Helena High."