In the span of just 35 seconds, the Glacier Wolfpack saved their season and kept their pursuit of the state championship alive.
With Helena Capital leading 13-7 midway through the fourth quarter, Glacier senior linebacker Shelton Todd forced a fumble in the Bruins’ end zone, which senior Brayden Nicholson recovered for the touchdown with 5:29 remaining. On Capital’s ensuing drive, junior Todd Ogden intercepted a pass and powered his way 50 yards for the score with 4:54 left.
The reliable Wolfpack defense held tight after that, securing the 21-13 victory over the defending state champions in the opening round of the Class AA playoffs at Legends Stadium.
Glacier (9-2) will host Bozeman (8-3) in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 9. at 7 p.m. at Legends Stadium. Bozeman edged Helena on the road 24-23 last week.
The Wolfpack have won eight straight and beat the Hawks once already this season. Glacier edged Bozeman 7-3 at home Sept. 21.
Bozeman has the sixth-ranked scoring offense, averaging roughly 32 points per game, and the second-ranked defense, allowing only 13 points per game on average.
Great Falls C.M. Russell is playing Butte in the other AA semifinal.
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