KALISPELL — After a scoreless first period and then falling behind the Kalispell Flathead High football team 7-0 in the second quarter, Helena reeled off 22 unanswered points for a 22-7 victory over the Braves on the road Friday.
The win, which included a 99-yard touchdown drive in the fourth quarter to seal the deal, improves Helena to 8-2 and gives the Bengals the No. 3 seed for the upcoming AA playoffs. It's Helena's 14th consecutive qualification for the postseason.
Flathead, coached by former Capital standout Kyle Samson, slips to 7-3 for the fourth seed.
The Braves opened the scoring on an 8-yard touchdown run by Blake Counts. Then Helena answered with two TD passes by quarterback Ty McGurran, 37 yards to Alex Johnson and 30 yards to Zach Spiroff. Helena's second score was set up by a Braves fumbled snap.
After a scoreless third quarter, late in the fourth Helena's Hayden Ferguson and Keanan Horne combined to sack the opposing quarterback deep in Braves territory, and then Spiroff intercepted a pass and was downed at Flathead's 1-yard.
But the Bengals proceeded to drive the entire 99 yards of the field, sparked by McGurran runs of 42 and 13 yards, and capped off by a 1-yard plunge to pay-dirt by Grady Koenig.