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Flathead running back Jonathan Baker puts his hands on his helmet after an incomplete pass on fourth down at the end of the second quarter.

Aaric Bryan, Daily Inter Lake

With the score tied at 10-all after three quarters of play during the AA quarterfinal playoff game between host Flathead and Capital High, the Bruins broke loose for a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, for a 24-10 upset over the Braves.

First, CHS quarterback Matt McGinley ripped a 40-yard touchdown run to make it 17-10. Then after the Bruins recovered a Braves fumble at Flathead's 30-yard line, Alec Mcvey-Touchette's touchdown run gave the Bru-crew a two-score cushion.

Then with 3:43 left, Mark Northey's second interception of the night gave the ball back to Capital, and helped seal the victory.

The No. 5 Bruins improve to 7-4 and advance to next week's semifinals match with crosstown Helena. The two teams last met in the playoffs in 2011. No. 4 Flathead, coached by former Capital standout Kyle Samson, ends its season at 6-4.

"We came out and played with emotion and played four steady quarters of football," Capital High coach Kyle Mihelish said. "We handled adversity well and stayed focused on the outcome. I'm very proud of our team and of our coaches."

Bruin running back Seth Schneider, who was a questionable starter due to an injury, scored the game's first touchdown on a 16-yard run. He finished with 125 yards rushing.

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The brown-and-gold trailed 10-7 at halftime, but then tied things up at 10-10 in the third quarter on Brian Buschini's 37-yard field goal. Buschini also made all three of his PAT attempts.

Capital High amassed 325 yards rushing, with McGinley going for 99 yards and McVey-Touchette for 83.

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