Rupska also had 107 yards through the air.
Although Helms knows that Linton is a very good football team, he feels the the pressure will be the on the Miners.
“They are the ones coming in with the the No. 1 ranking and we are kind of flying under the radar. This is a big game for us, but we know there are other big games down the road,” he added.
Helms feels that if ND can control the football, sustain drives and be as efficient in the red zone as they have been, they should have an opportunity to win the game.
“We know we have to stop the run and prevent the big play,” he added.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Cougars will continue to ride the back of senior Colton Lengacher. Lengacher continued his run toward the ND record book with 272 yards against North Putnam.
He has 1,492 yards and is just 637 away from Ryan Webster’s career mark and closing in on Brett Markel’s single season mark as well.
“The best thing is Colton’s teammates really want to see him succeed,” said Helms. “They love playing with him and that makes it even more special.”
The Cougars and Miners kickoff at 7 p.m. at Roy Williams Field in Linton.