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Helena High's Kyle Tabbert hopes to keep the Bengals' running game in overdrive Thursday night at Billings Skyview. Tabbert ran for 193 yards in last week's win over Bozeman.

Bronte Wittpenn, 406mtsports.com

HELENA — Helena High’s No. 2-ranked football team hits the road Thursday for the 3 1/2-hour trip to Billings, where the Bengals will take on the unranked Skyview Falcons.

Helena is 5-1 and outscoring its' opposition by an average of 37-20 points per game. Skyview is 2-5 and has been outscored by a 30-23 average margin.

In the Bengals’ 48-28 win over Bozeman last week, running back Kyle Tabbert rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns, and made three catches for 37 yards and another TD. On the year, Tabbert has rushed for 673 yards and 11 scores.

HHS quarterback Kaleb Winterburn was 8 of 19 passing against the Hawks, for 107 yards and two TDs. This upped his season totals to 58 for 110, and 783 yards, with eight TD passes. He has also rushed for 265 yards while reaching the end zone twice.

Helena's top receiver to date is Ray Trudeau, grabbing 19 receptions for 296 yards, with a touchdown.

Sophomore kicker Caven Wade cracked the starting lineup last week, booting 6 of 7 PATs. Emmett Buckley serves as punter and sports a 38-yard average on 18 boots.

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On the other side of the ball, senior Connor Nash — a 6-foot-0, 175-pound linebacker — paced the defense against Bozeman, amassing 48 points. Nash posted nine solo tackles, five assists and three sacks, for 17 total tackles, with two blocked punts, a fumble recovery and a deflected pass.

D-lineman Caeden Suero had 27 defensive points, consisting of nine total tackles, three sacks and two deflected passes. Helena pirated two interceptions as well, including a 98-yard pick-6 by Caleb Ferguson — like father, like son considering that Caleb is former Bengal all-state DB Geoff Ferguson’s son.

“We have to do a great job physically and discipline-wise on defense,” said HHS coach Tony Arntson, regarding the keys to success against the Falcons. “Offensively we have to take advantage of every possession as they limit your touches with the running offense.

“We want to get ahead early and make them try to catch up, and continue to do a great job on special teams.”

Curt Synness is on Twitter @curtsynness_IR and can be reached at curt.synness@lee.net or curt52synness@gmail.com

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