KALISPELL — The last time the Helena High School football team played a Kalispell school, it didn’t go the way it would have liked.
The Bengals were handed a 13-9 loss at Vigilante Stadium
That wasn’t going to happen when the Bengals drove up to Kalispell Glacier on Friday night.
Helena’s defense stepped up in the second half as they came away with two interceptions that led to a 20-6 win over the Wolfpack at Legends Stadium.
“This win feels really good,” Helena coach Scott Evans said. “Our kids responded like how we wanted to, our attitudes were great and we didn’t come out flat at all.”
Glacier took a lead late in the first quarter on a 30-yard field goal by Patrick Rohrback.
Midway through the second quarter Rohrback doubled the score with another kick, this time from 36 yards out.
But it didn’t take long for Helena to respond.
Sophomore quarterback Kaden Huot marched his team down the field that ended with a 22-yard touchdown pass to Logan Brown.
After a simple point after attempt, the Bengals held a 7-6 halftime lead.
During the third quarter Helena’s defensive focus was on sophomore running back Jake Rendina.
He set up a 18-yard pass play from JT Allen to Xavier Stout to get into Bengal territory but the momentum shifted when Forrest Suero picked off the pass.
“You have to stop Glacier’s run game,” Evans said. “Our front seven played really well.”
Four plays later, Helena scored on a 1-yard touchdown run.
On the ensuing drive, the Bengals defense came up with another interception when Keyshawn Newby ran it back to put them up two scores.
It seemed only fitting when Helena got one final interception in the fourth quarter to seal the game.
Helena currently sits third in the Class AA Western standings with crosstown rival Capital as it will host Missoula Sentinel next week at Vigilante Stadium.
Glacier on the other hand, will face Kalispell Flathead in its cross-town game next week.