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Bengals Hoping to Repeat Performance Against CMR Friday

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HELENA - During November in Montana you expect the cold weather to be here. But there's one big difference to the this Friday's rematch between Helena High and CMR and the last time they played: there's snow!

"You're not going to be able to cut the way you usually cut," said Bengals head coach Tony Artnson. "You're going to have to do things a little bit different. You're going to have to make sure you keep your feet underneath you. Find what cleats are going to be the best."

"During practice it's good to make sure that you get your cuts right, you get your routes right, and you know what you can and what you can't do," said Bengals senior receiver Chase South.

During the Bengals win on October 10th Helena held the state's top rusher Andrew Grinde to a season low 83 yards, the only game he didn't top 100 rushing yards. For another victory over the Rustlers, they'll have to have a repeat performance.

"We're really emphasizing gang tackling this week, and making sure all 11 guys are in the picture when you try to bring him down," said Bengals senior linebacker Isaiah Cech. "He's a physical back, and he runs hard so you're not going to take him down with one guy."

"This time of the year there's not a lot of smoke and mirrors about it," said Arntson. "You're not going to trick anybody, and you can make tiny adjustments, but really it comes down to guys winning one on one battles.

Grinde may not even be the biggest concern this week for Helena. Last week in their win over Bozeman, junior quarterback Jackson Thennis injured his shoulder that forced him to miss practice this week.

"It's really going to be a week that he's going to have to go through all the mental preparation," said Arntson. "He's not going to get a lot of throwing in. The thing I do know about Jackson is that whatever he can give we're going to get it on Friday night. And I'm hoping it's for 48 minutes, but whatever he's got and whatever his body will allow him to do we're going to get it."

If Thennis can't go on Friday you'll probably see a lot of Chase South as the Bengals signal caller. South grew up as a QB and runs weekly packages as a quarterback and I get the sense that the players trust South back there just as much as Thennis.
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