This year's Helena cross town game features two teams at opposite sides of the spectrum. At one end you've got the Helena Bengals with only one loss this season, and at the other the Capital Bruins with only one win. Proving that the Bruins have nothing to lose in this game.
"This is like our Super Bowl," said Capital head coach Pat Murphy. "The kids are treating it that way. This is our big state championship game. You get the bragging rights and we're good to go!"
"It'd really put the icing on the cake," said Bruins senior safety Walker Cozzie. "The season hasn't gone the way we wanted it to, but a cross town win is as great as any other."
"We're just going to prepare this week like we would any other week, but we know it's a little more than just a game this week," said Bruins senior quarterback Gus Chancy.
During a game like cross town, you can throw the records right out the window. The rest of the state may be expecting a blow out between a 8-1 team and a 1-8 team, but neither of these teams do.
"They're going to play the sob story of being the big underdog this year, and that's not going to be the case," said Helena High head coach Tony Arntson. "You can throw the records out every year, and we know they've got good football players on their team, and they've just stubbed their toe along the way."
"I think these guys are very dangerous opponents," said Bengals senior defensive back Anthony Bodner. "Their record may not reflect that, but these guys are great athletes."
Cross town comes at a unique time for the Bengals. Going into last week they were undefeated, but suffered then suffered their only loss of the season at Billings Senior 33-14. And as Helena prepares for the playoffs, the Bruins aren't too thrilled with their loss either.
"With their loss they're probably a little bit motivated to get a win so we would rather have them come in overconfident and be undefeated," said Murphy.
"We view every loss as a good learning experience," said Bodner. "It gets us more focused as a group. We learn from our mistakes, and we're going to come back stronger this time and be ready to play!"
"It's huge for us to get our confidence rolling through the playoffs," said Bengals senior receiver Paul Hart. "We've just got to focus on winning these next four games. That's what we're going to try and do.