Helena High running back Ryan Arntson scored six touchdowns in the Bengals 47-14 win over Flathead on Sept. 2. The win was the team’s first, and Arntson’s performance earned him student athlete of the week honors.
“Always getting that first one,” Arntson said. “That always gives the team a good hype. That’s always fun.”
Ryan Arntson said his first touchdown was his favorite back on Sept. 2. However, he gave credit for all six to his teammates.
“The receivers blocking,” Arnston said. “The outside run was just crazy.”
While six touchdowns is a high number, his coach and teammate were not surprised.
“To see him break out like that and have a six-touchdown performance,” Ratzlaff said, “it’s something we saw coming.”
“He was very confident in his reads,” Coach Arnston said. “He cut and then got vertical and finished all of his runs.”
For Tony Arnston, Ryan is one of two sons he’s coached at Helena. So, which one is the favorite?
“Honestly,” Coach Arnston said, “They are both my favorite in two complete different ways.”
For Ryan, at times it can be difficult deciding when he seeks his dad and when needs coaching.
“Sometimes in a game if something doesn’t go right,” Arnston said, “I’ll come off the field and forget that he is my coach. I’ll want to yell at him like he’s my dad. Then I have to get back and remember that he is my coach.”
There has been no tension over the past two weeks between Ryan and his dad as Helena outscored opponents 96-14.