HELENA — Heading into the Class AA football’s regular season final week of play, there are five teams with 4-5 records, all of which are vying for the last three seeds to the upcoming post season playoffs.
Among those schools in contention – Helena Capital High, Missoula Sentinel, Great Falls, Glacier and Butte – two will face off between Capital and Sentinel at Vigilante Stadium.
And joining the Bruins on Friday battling to help his team to victory will be Riley Boese.
Boese, a 6-foot, 190-pound senior outside linebacker, is tied for Capital's lead of seven tackles for loss with Kadyn Craigle.
He ranks No. 2 on the defensive charts with 50 solo tackles, 27 tackle assists and 77 total tackles. He is also has a quarterback hurry and a fumble recovery.
“Riley is a very unique athlete,” all-state teammate Alaric Greil said. “You can rely on him whether it's on or off the field, and I definitely consider him as family. He is as strong as a bull physically, and equally strong mentally. Riley Boese is a very disciplined and well-rounded individual.”
Boese is the son of Todd and Kristy Boese, who both attended Deer Lodge’s Powell County High. His dad played football and basketball for the Wardens, while his mom was a manager for the football team, and played baseball.
Riley credits his parents of having the most influence on his athletic career, “because they support me in whatever I do, and I want to make them proud.”
Boese started playing youth football in Deer Lodge in the third grade. As a freshman and sophomore at Powell High, he lettered in all three sports (football, basketball and track) both years.
At the 2017 Class B Track & Field Meet, he ran a leg on the school's third-place 400 relay team.
After earning his third football monogram for the Wardens as a junior, Boese transferred to Capital last winter. He then garnered a Class AA varsity letter for the track team, participating in the sprints and javelin.
Boese already owns a combined total of nine varsity letters (seven at Deer Lodge and two with Capital), but is unsure of whether he’ll try out for Bruins upcoming basketball team yet.
“I’ve thought about it, but during winter my passion is snowmobiling,” he said.
As a member of Capital’s state powerlifting championship last spring, Boese captured three state titles in the 198 class; overall crown with a total of 1,200 pounds, and men’s over 165-pounds best bench press (300 pounds) and best deadlift (520 pounds).
A perfect blend of power and speed, he has been timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.
On the gridiron this fall, one of his best games occurred versus Glacier, when he led the team with 14 tackles.
He said that he doesn’t have a favorite NFL team, but his favorite player is outside linebacker Khalil Mack of the Chicago Bears, “because he’s a beast.”
Regarding Friday’s tilt versus Sentinel, “We need to play as a team, take care of the ball, create turnovers, and just do our job, in order to be successful,” Boese said.