Prep Football Roundup: Flathead Stuns Helena Capital

Columbia Falls wallops Browning, Bigfork trounces Florence and Glacier takes down Bozeman

By Dillon Tabish

Flathead 21, Helena Capital 17

 The Flathead Braves stunned Helena Capital and gave first-year head coach Kyle Samson a victory over his alma mater.

The Braves scored back-to-back touchdowns in the final two minutes to upset the Bruins in Vigilante Stadium. It was Flathead’s first win over Helena Capital since 2003.

The Braves picked up their second win of the season in exciting fashion. With Helena Capital leading 17-7 with 2:06 seconds left in the fourth, Easton Johnson ran in a touchdown. Twenty-seconds later, Flathead recovered a fumble and Josh McCracken scored a 50-yard run to put the Braves up for good.

The Braves had 19 first downs and 309 yards rushing, led by McCracken, who had 167 yards on 18 carries. Payton Boyce added 87 yards and Johnson had 34.

“It was pretty cool to go down there and win on that field. The kids really played hard and never gave up,” Samson, who graduated from Capital in 2002, said.

Flathead (2-1) is celebrating homecoming this week and will host Missoula Big Sky (1-2) at 7 p.m. in Legends Stadium. The homecoming parade is 4 p.m. through Main Street.

Bigfork 52, Florence 8

Josh Sandry combined for five touchdowns, Vinny Quirk scored three and the Vikings bounced back in a big way to wallop Florence.

The Vikings (1-1) led 39-0 at halftime and cruised from there. Tyler Pizzola and Adam Jordt caught TD passes and Matthew Farrier returned an interception for Bigfork’s final score.

The Vikes travel to Ronan this Friday. Bigfork’s homecoming week has been changed to Sept. 22-27. The football game will be Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. against Shelby.

Columbia Falls 69, Browning 6

Dakota Bridwell passed for six touchdowns and seven different players scored for Columbia Falls, which defeated Browning and improved to 3-0.

The Wildcats scored 36 points in the first quarter. Bridwell was 13-of-23 for 318 yards and no interceptions. Ty Morgan had 159 yards receiving and two touchdowns. Also scoring for the Wildcats were Wyatt Green, Ike Schweikert, Stephen Lindsey, Sean Miller, Sean Hoerner and Trevor Houston. The Columbia Falls defense limited Browning to 26 yards rushing and 96 yards total.

The Wildcats host Anaconda (2-0) this Friday at 7 p.m.

Glacier 38, Bozeman 8

The Wolfpack piled up 423 yards of offense and trounced the Hawks in a rematch of last year’s Class AA state championship game.

Logan Jones scored two touchdowns, Brady McChesney passed for 259 yards and two TDs and the Glacier defense limited Bozeman to three first downs.

Glacier (3-0) travels to Missoula Hellgate (0-3) this Friday.

Belgrade 29, Whitefish 28 OT

A five-yard touchdown run in overtime sank the Bulldogs. Belgrade outscored Whitefish 21-13 in the fourth quarter and overtime and completed the comeback victory after the Bulldogs missed an extra-point kick.

Jack Streibich caught two TD passes, Jed Negler had a 42-yard score and Brian FauntLeRoy rushed in 25 yards for another TD for Whitefish.

Whitefish (2-1) travels to Corvallis (2-0) this Friday.

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