HELENA -- The Helena Capital football team is rolling to start the year at 3-0. If the Bruins win their fourth straight game, they would match win total from last year with five weeks of football left to play.
The hitch in that projection? They'll face a tough Missoula Sentinel team, which is also 3-0 to start the season. The Spartans are coming off a 42-0 win against the Kalispell Flathead Braves and average nearly 30 points per game. Head coach Kyle Mihelish knows the Sentinel offense is potent and expects the Spartans' offensive game plan to be complex.
"Offensively, they have a lot of formations -- they're in two-back, three-back, no back, one-back. They got a bunch of different personnel groupings," said Mihelish. "On the offensive front they're 260, 250, 240 (pounds), so they have some good-sized kids."
The Bruins might be undefeated, but their defense has lapsed at points in each game, giving up an average of 28 points per game. As for the game plan? The Bruins want to play hard-nosed, gritty football to see if they can stay on top. On the flip side of the Sentinel coin, their defense isn't one for giving up many point, allowing only six points on average across their three games.
"Strong team -- strong defense. They have, like, the best defensive stats in the state right now," said Cy Miller. "I expect them to be up in our face kind of, kind of coming at us hard."
"Just going to do what I can to get off those jams, block them, get them to the ground. Try to stop them from making big plays, so we can make some big plays ourselves," he added.
The Helena Capital Bruins and the Missoula Sentinel Spartans will meet on Sept. 20 in Helena at 7 p.m.