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Bengals, Bruins Ready for Defensive Showdown at Cross Town

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The Helena Bengals pride themselves on being the best defense in the capitol city year by year. But this fall, it's the Bruins who have the top D in town, and third in AA giving up only 13.7 points per night.

"They are good," said Bengals head coach Tony Arntson. "They are playing very well. That front four is good, the linebackers are playing good, and the secondary has played very well. "I've been very impressed with those guys."

"They're big guys," said Bengals senior lineman Gus Herzog. "They just like to stand up O-lineman and they're pretty good. I trust that our O-line can take them."

After losing senior running back Nick Van Horssen two weeks ago to a leg injury, the Bengals have now turned to junior running back Ryan Arntson to lead their rushing attack. And he has a big challenge ahead of him in only his second start.

"It would rather it not be my second game, but you've got to do what you've got to do," said Ryan. "And I hope I can step up. Obviously I'm not Van Horssen, but I'll do my best."

"He had a good adrenaline pump and rushed some things, and missed some reads, but he runs hard," said Tony. "And I think that's all we can ask out of him."

Bengals senior QB Jackson Thennis is listed as a game time decision this week, so we'll see about his status in pregame. On the others side of town the Bruins are using their strong defense in practice to prep for what the Bengals will do Friday.

"It definitely helps to prepare," said Bruins junior quarterback Carter Pappas. "Preparation is huge, and going against our best defense helps us in practice, and it transfers to the game."

"Carter Pappas is just going to have to play within the system," said Bruins head coach Kyle Mihelish. "It's going to be a big game. We've just got to take care of ourself, and Carter is going to do a good job managing the game."

Part of that great defense has been senior defensive end Cole Rosling, who through six games this year already has 10 sacks.

"I just sell out," said Rosling. "This is the last year I had the opportunity to play, potentially, and I just want to sell out, give it my all."

"What I'm preaching to our kids defensively is that we just have to take care of ourself," said Mihelish. "It doesn't matter who we play week in and week out. The only people we're playing against is ourselves."

Kick off is scheduled for 7 PM, and I'll be live with both coaches at 5 and 6 in pregame.

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