Capital is looking for the Holy Grail of wins after facing, arguably, the toughest schedule in Class AA. Capital coach Kyle Mihelish said in this rivalry everyone picks a side.
“In Helena, you’re either a Bruin or you’re a Bengal,” Mihelish said. “There is no in between.”
Helena Coach Tony Arnston says there’s pride in this game.
“They grow up playing each other,” Arnston said. “Some of them play with each other in other sports.”
Both teams can expect to see alumni at practice this week and at the game on Friday, but how do the current players feel about the rivalry?
“I know a couple of people,” Capital Offensive Linemen Conor Quick said. “I usually don’t hang out with anybody from across town.”
“I think we all basically know some people from across town,” Helena Offensive and Defensive Linemen Daniel Stockton said. “We basically know who plays what position.”
Recently, three of the last four went in Helena’s favor, but last year Capital won 36-16. Coach Arnston doesn’t feel the past has an effect on the present.
“We don’t do a lot of talking about last year or what’s happened in the past,” Coach Arnston said.
As far as the season impact, Capital needs a win more than Helena. The Bruins titter on the edge of not making the playoffs, a drastic drop off from a team that went to the state semifinals last year.