HELENA — Sparked by Ty McGurran's school record-tying five touchdown passes — two to Zach Spiroff — Helena High's No. 5 ranked football team bounced back from a tough loss to Bozeman last week with a 57-14 shellacking of winless Billings Skyview.
Helena improves to 6-2 after the victory at Vigilante Stadium on Friday, while the Falcons slide to 0-8.
"I really liked how the kids responded after last week," Helena coach Scott Evans said. "Skyview did a good job taking Grady (Koenig) away from our game-plan, so the other guys stepped up well, especially Logan Brown and Aidan Brus. I tell ya what, Brus has been our ace in the hole all year."
Evans was referring to how their top rusher, Koenig, was held to just 30 yards. But the Bengals still managed to gain 414 yards of total offense with 218 of those coming on the ground.
"I also liked how we flew around defensively, we adjusted well on the run," Evans said. Helena held the Falcons to 271 yards total offense.
The hosts went up 16-0 in the first quarter on a McGurran TD pass to Spiroff for 12 yards, and Brown's 14 yard run. They also tallied a safety when Skyview snapped the ball out of the end zone.
Helena rang up 30 points before Skyview scored on a 4-yard McGurran strike to Brus and Koenig's 17-yard jaunt to the end zone.
Ethyn Taylor's 16-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Dominic Stringari cracked the scoreboard for the visitors.
McGurran's fourth TD strike, for 7 yards to Spiroff, put the Bengals up 36-7 at halftime.
After the intermission, McGurran put his name in the record books when he connected with Alex Johnson for a 49-yard catch-and-run. He now shares the Bengals' mark of five TD passes in a game with Benji Robinson (1990), Seth Jamison (1999) and Dawson Reardon (2012).
When asked how he felt about tying the record, McGurran scratched his head, answering "I thought I only had four." He finished completing 14 of 17 passes for 154 yards in addition for rushing for 63 yards.
After the Bengals began pulling some of their starters, they tallied another touchdown on a 22-yard pass from Hayden Ferguson to Jake Alberta.
With the clock continuing to run due to the 35-point rule, the two teams traded scores in the final frame.
Helena's Garrett Bywater reached on a 4-yard run and Billings' Josh Macy raced to the end zone on a 59-yard dash. A down side for the visitors was when their stalwart running back, Brennan Bushfeld, left the game with an injury.
Bengal kicker Caven Wade booted 7 of 8 extra points.
Skyview QB Stringari completed 10 of 17 attempts for 171 yards.
Among Helena's defensive standouts for were Connor Murgel, with two interceptions, and Johnson, Spiroff and Ferguson.
Skyview 0 7 0 7 - 14
Helena 16 20 14 7 - 57
HHS - Zach Spiroff 12 pass from Ty McGurran, (Caven Wade kick), 4:20
HHS - Safety (punt snap out of end zone); 2:53
HHS - Logan Brown 14 pass from McGurran (Wade kick), 0:53:
HHS - Aidan Brus 4 pass from McGurran (Wade kick), 10:54
HHS - Grady Koenig 17 run (Wade kick), 4:34
Sky - Ethyn Taylor 16 pass from Dominic Stringari (Max Davis kick), 1:50
HHS - Spiroff 7 pass from McGurran (kick blocked), 0:07
HHS - Alex Johnson 51 pass from McGurran (Wade kick), 10:33
HHS - Jake Alberta 22 pass from Hayden Ferguson (Wade kick), 9:35
HHS - Garrett Bywater 4 run, (Wade kick);
Sky - Josh Macy 59 run (Davis kick), 8:41