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Helena High, Capital Officially Start Football Practice

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HELENA -

"Here it's a championship tradition. That's what we're kind of known for - that brown and gold swagger."

It's been three years since the Capital Bruins have been to a championship game. And they think that's about long enough.

"Last ten years we've been to the state championship six," said Bruins head coach Pat Murphy. "And we haven't been there in the last two years so the kids are really chomping at the bit to get into the playoffs and get deep into the playoffs."

After losing 20 starters from last year's team this year's Bruins may seem inexperienced, but it's all part of the plan.

"This is a veteran group as they started on the JV and sophomore level, and they got a lot of varsity time last year," said Murphy. "So we like to treat them as veterans."

"We're really green," said senior defensive back Walker Cozzie. "So we're just going to have to bust our butts to the football and just play 11 man football."

"Offensively I'm not really worried," said quarterback Gus Chancy. "I'm really confident in our guys. Our offensive line is looking great. They really trust me, I trust them, and our receivers are working great."

While Capital may be lacking in experience, you can definitely coach that up. What you can't coach is speed, and they've got plenty of it. Now over at Helena they'll be looking to replace record setting quarterback Troy Arntson. And they'll do so with a two quarterback system.

"I tell the guys all the time we don't replace guys like that, we just do things different," said Bengals head coach Tony Arntson. "He did so many different things. Chase South at the quarterback position can give you a lot of that same type of stuff. He's a breakdown player and if the play breaks down he can make things happen. Jackson Thennis, our junior quarterback, is a kid that just controls the offense."

On the other side of the ball, the Bengals are looking to set the tone early in games and remain a physical presence all season long.

"We just got big bodies, and we just want to go out and hit people I mean that's what we like to do," said middle linebacker Isaiah Cech. "And then we're redoing our tackling this year so we're keeping it safe, but we're still going out there to blow people up."

Both teams in Helena will have to turn that youth into experience if they want to make it back to the playoffs for consecutive seasons. And also, rely on that swagger.

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