Helena Capital hosts Bozeman in battle for the Class AA crown

8:38 p.m

Helena Capital 21, Bozeman 14 – E3

The Bruins and the Hawks were unable to make anything of their first holdings, which lasted for most of the third quarter. The Bruins have the ball in their third-place territory when play resumes in the fourth quarter.

8:01 p.m

Helena Capital 21, Bozeman 14 – E2

Bend but don’t break seems to be the Bozeman Hawks’ motto on Friday night. In fourth and tenth place late in the first half from the Helena Capital 16, Jake Casagranda beats Rocky Lencioni to cut the Bruins’ lead to just one point, 21-14.

7:46 p.m

Helena Capital 21, Bozeman 7 – 2Q

When the Bozeman Hawks threatened late in the first half, the Helena Capital Bruins were able to force a fumble near their own goal line to maintain their two-point lead. The Bruins receive the ball to start the second half.

7:31 p.m

Helena Capital 21, Bozeman 7 – 2Q

Tom Carter makes a handoff 83 yards home as Capital continues to roll tonight.

7:28 p.m

Helena Capital 14, Bozeman 7 – E1

Bozeman senior quarterback Jake Casagranda hits Luke Smith with a short pass down the middle to put the Hawks on the board for the first time tonight

7:20 p.m

Helena Capital 14, Bozeman 0 – 1Q

The Bruins start the night with a tear as the Capital defense forces two punts and Dylan Graham gets into the end zone on a short carry to make the 14-0.

7:11 p.m

Helena Capital 7, Bozeman 0 – 1Q

The Bruins took the ball more than 60 yards on their first drive en route to scoring the team’s first goal of the night on a Hayden Opitz charge from the Wildcat formation.

HELENA – In the biggest Class AA football game of the season, the Helena Capital Bruins (11-0) and the Bozeman Hawks (9-2) will meet on the sacred grounds of Vigilante Stadium to determine the best Class AA team.

Kick-off at the Vigilante Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m., temperatures are expected to start at around 6 degrees and drop further as the game progresses.

This article will be continuously updated throughout the game.

The Bruins come into play carried by seniors Tom Carter, 103 yards per game averaging 22 touchdowns, and Hayden Opitz, 12 total touchdowns while averaging 52 yards and 7.5 tackles per game.

The Bozeman Hawks have a pair of seniors who will make a splash Friday night between Jake Casagranda, 229 yards and 2.8 touchdowns per pass, and Luke Smith, 11 touchdowns and 19 tackles for losses a year.

The Bruins and Hawks met in Bozeman in the opening week of the season, with the Bruins earning their first win of their unbeaten season, 28-21.

MTN’s Kennedy Broadwell met with Opitz and Carter and head coach Kyle Mihelish earlier in the week as the Bruins seek to win their first Class AA title and Mihelish’s first as head coach since 2011.

MTN’s Dylan Foreman caught up with the Hawks’ Smith, Quaid Ash and head coach Levi Wesche as Bozeman looked for his second title in four years.

MTN’s Luke Shelton, Broadwell and Foreman are at the game and will be providing highlights and recaps on your local MTN station and on Montana Sports tonight at 10pm.