HELENA — Helena Capital wants to boost its playoff standing Friday night and it's rivalry week in the Elkhorn as Jefferson and Townsend square off in Boulder.
Capital (6-1) hosts Glacier (2-4)
The No. 3 ranked Helena Capital Bruins will entertain unranked Glacier High, with kickoff in Vigilante Stadium scheduled for 7 p.m.
Capital (6-1) holds a scoring advantage of 28 to 13 points per game average. The Bruins' defense has allowed the fewest points (90) in Class AA. The Wolfpack, who finished runnerup to Billings Senior a year ago in Class AA, have been outscored by only eight points in six games, 153-145.
In Capital's 21-16 win at Billings West last week, quarterback Matt McGinley rushed nine times for 140 yards, including an 80 yard touchdown sprint. Running back Seth Schneider rushed 19 times for 111 yards and a pair of TDs. On the year, he has gained 1,079 yards and scored 16 TDs.
On the other side of the ball, Schneider amassed a team-high 58 defensive points from his linebacker position, with 16 solo tackles, 19 total tackles, one tackle for loss and an interception. Nick Morrison is No. 2 with 52 defensive points, posting 13 solo tackles, two TFL, 17 total tackles and a caused fumble. Next comes Ryan Kimball and Alaric Griel with 46 and 43 defensive points.
"Glacier is not a 2-4 football team, they have tremendous amount size and athleticism," CHS coach Kyle Mihelish said. "They have a few Division I athletes that makes them very dangerous. Their offense has found success and is putting out a lot of production, and Glacier's defense is just as impressive as their offense."
Jefferson (5-2, 3-2) hosts Townsend (2-4, 2-3)
Jefferson will welcome Townsend in the latest edition of the Elkhorn Rivalry. The host Panthers, ranked No. 7 in the state, are coming off a hard-fought loss to No. 2 ranked Whitehall, 29-14.
Hayden Guisti led Jefferson with 155 yards rushing, 43 yards receiving and a touchdown reception from backup quarterback Santana Page. Page was in for starter Josh Eckmann — who sustained a season-ending leg injury the week before — and completed 9 of 17 passes for 79 yards. Nate Brunett tallied the other TD.
Ian Lindsay sparked the defense with 13 tackles.
"We have to play sound football and not turn it over," JHS coach Clint Layng said. "The running game will be crucial to our success. Having another week to adjust to our injuries will help.
"We need to eliminate the big plays defensively which until last week we have been pretty good about it."
Townsend lost a nonconference game at No. 3 Bigfork last week, 21-6.
Zach Spritzer rushed for 89 yards, QB Tyson Racht passed for 98 yards and Jade Rauser made six receptions for 50 yards. Brady Saltzman caught a TD pass in addition to helping Easton Hatfield lead the Bulldogs' defense.
"We need to be stout against Jefferson's run, especially their wildcat package," Broadwater coach Travis Rauh said. "We need to win the field position battle and put points up when we get in the red zone, we have shot ourselves in the foot with too many penalties and missed assignments in the red zone these past couple weeks.
"Boulder is a very difficult team to drive the length of the field against and their goal-line defense is exceptional."