BUTTE — Capital running back Seth Schneider wasn't going to be stopped a second time. 

Two possessions after being stonewalled by a surprisingly tenacious Butte defense on a fourth down goal line plunge, the senior was given another opportunity.

Schneider made the most of it, and barreled into the end zone for a 2-yard score. 

The touchdown was the second of Schneider's hat trick as the Bruins cruised past the Butte Bulldogs 44-7 in a Thursday night Class AA matchup.

Capital moves to 3-0 while Butte falls to 1-2.   

"We've kind of harped the past couple weeks about needing to play four quarters of football," said Bruin head coach Kyle Mihelish. "And I know we played pretty well, at least in the first half."

The Bruins' high-powered running game was anchored by Schneiders legs and a ferocious Capital offensive line. 

"These past three games we've had a pretty successful running game with Brennan Casey and Seth Schneider," said Mihelish. "And we've got a top offensive line that does a good job of creating holes, a Seth does a great job of hitting those holes."

While a solid ground game propelled the Bruins to the win, it was a defensive play that got things rolling. 

Capital opened the scoring midway through the first quarter when senior defensive back Mark Northey picked off a short throw from Butte quarterback Tommy Mellott and raced untouched to the end zone for a 15-yard interception return. 

The Bulldogs wouldn't answer that score until the fourth quarter, a 23-pass from Mellott to Connor Cunningham. An early scoring opportunity on a 35-yard field goal was blocked.  

Schneider found pay dirt for the first time on a 46-yard second quarter run down the right boundary. 

His second shot at a touchdown — after he and Casey had shared carries to move the ball from Butte's 46 to just before the goal line — came up short as the Bulldogs found a burst of defensive inspiration and shut down the fourth down attempt.

The dazzling defensive effort from Butte was quickly followed by an offensive gaffe as Mellott was sacked for a safety. After the ensuing punt, the Bruins again marched the ball down the field and this time capitalized on the drive for Schneider's second score.  

Schnieder's final score came on an 80-yard scamper in the third quarter that made the score 30-0. 

Capital's Alec McVey Touchette added an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter and quarterback Matt McGinlney capped the rout with a 31-yard strike to Conor McCarvel. 

For Butte coach Arie Grey, the loss came down to coaching preparation. 

"I didn't do a great job this week of getting them ready," said Grey. "We had a full week, there were just thing we didn't do. Our defense kept us in it for a long time, but they were just out there too long."  

Grey said he and his team won't have any trouble moving past this loss.

"You can't carry things with you," said Grey. "We'll come back and do better next week. It's time to move on."   

Deputy sports editor at the Montana Standard

Sports reporter at the Montana Standard

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