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October 24th, 2012
And away we go! As most of you football crazed fans in Bingham County are aware of, the state football playoffs begin tonight! The top ranked and undefeated Firth Cougars will open Bingham County's run at the state tournament when they kick off against Valley at Idaho State's Holt Arena at 8:15 p.m.
Aberdeen will play at Declo on Friday evening while Blackfoot will be closing out their regular season at Rigby before they open the 4A state playoffs next week at home against the second place team out of district three which is currently Bishop Kelly.
On Saturday, the 3A schools kick into action with defending 3A state champion Snake River taking on Sugar-Salem at 4 and the current second ranked team in the state, Shelley taking on Buhl immediately following. Both of those games will be in Holt Arena.
As with seasons past, I will now gaze into my crystal ball and make my bold and fearless predictions as to what will unfold over this glorious football weekend.
IDAHO FALLS â€” The 4A boys soccer consolation championship match went as far as it could go on a blustery Saturday morning as the Blackfoot Broncos and the Jerome Tigers played dead even through 100 minutes of play before the Broncos prevailed by winning the match 4-2 on penalty kicks.
"I felt that this game summed up our entire tournament," Blackfoot head coach Liam Pope said. "We had lots of chances but we were just wasteful in front of the goal and then we have a little lapse on the defensive end and give up a cheap goal. Honestly, I don't think that this game should have gone to penalty kicks."
BLACKFOOT â€” The Blackfoot Broncos got back in the saddle on Friday night as they shook off their first loss of the season by dominating conference rival Pocatello 34-13.
"I'm pretty happy with the way we played," Blackfoot head coach Stan Buck said. "The defense played well and really got us going in the game. They made lots of stops which then got our offense going."
IDAHO FALLS â€” On Thursday, the defending 4A state champion Blackfoot Broncos went 80 minutes of play without a goal. That rarity spilled over into Friday's loser out contest against Bishop Kelly for 60 minutes of play but in the sixty-first minute, the Blackfoot offense erupted as they tallied a trio of goals in a fifteen minute span leading to a 3-1 victory.
"We have a running joke in England that you wait around for an hour for a bus and then suddenly two arrive at the same time and that's exactly what it felt like," Blackfoot head coach Liam Pope said. "It went through my head, I would be lying to say that it didn't but I'm standing there and I'm looking at Andy and Gordies and Jordan and Berra and Chewy and I'm like, there's so much attacking talent here, how are we not getting any goals?"
SHELLEY â€” The Shelley Russet offense was on the field for a grand total of six plays in the opening quarter of their Mountain Rivers Conference clash with Sugar-Salem on Thursday evening. That proved to be more than enough however as they scored 21 points in the opening frame en route to a 48-8 drubbing of the Diggers.
IDAHO FALLS â€” The Blackfoot cross country squad took to the course at Freeman Park in Idaho Falls on Wednesday and at days end, Rachel Cannon became the first female district champion in recent memory while Paul Cannon and Kohl Bingham each punched a ticket to state in the boys race with fifth and seventh place finishes.
TERRETON â€” There was no wild celebration at the net and no student body rushing the court but despite the relatively low key celebration, the Firth Cougar volleyball squad were all smiles on Wednesday evening as they capped an undefeated conference season with a solid 3-1 victory over Ririe 25-15, 25-20, 18-25 and 25-18 to capture the 2A Nuclear Conference championship.
SHELLEY â€” The Shelley Russet volleyball squad entered Tuesday nights conference tournament needing nine wins for a district championship. At the end of a very loud, and very dominant evening, they got all nine of those wins in just ten of the possible fifteen games, as they downed Teton 3-0 and then Sugar-Salem 3-0 and 3-1 while punching their ticket to the state tournament with a 3A Mountain Rivers Conference Championship.
IDAHO FALLS â€” On a cold and blustery Saturday morning two teams took to the Bonneville High School pitch looking for a berth in this weeks upcoming state tournament. Preston entered the game with the knowledge that they had beaten Blackfoot in both of their earlier meetings but as many sports pundits will tell you, beating a team three times in a row is a tough thing to do.
REXBURG â€” For the first time since the 2010 4A state championship game, the Blackfoot Broncos tasted defeat as they fell at Madison 35-14 on Friday evening.
"Like I told the kids after the game, football will expose you if you don't do the little things and do the work necessary to win," Blackfoot head coach Stan Buck said. "Madison beat us up. I was impressed with what they were able to do to us."