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November 8th, 2012
If all goes well there are two more weeks of prep football action for the ferocious grid iron fans in Bingham County. After a most interesting quarterfinal round Bingham County has three teams remaining and the hopes of a 4A, 3A, 2A state title sweep are still alive as Blackfoot, Shelley and Firth all advanced to this weekends semi-final round.
If all goes well this weekend, then by Saturday evening there will be state championship berths for all three teams.
Last weekend, the fearless predictions were a perfect 3-0 and are 8-0 on the post season thus far and so, without further adoâ€¦..
BLACKFOOT â€“ In what proved to be a heavyweight slugfest the Blackfoot Broncos prevailed on Friday evening as they overcame a key injury by leaning on their vaunted rushing attack for a 30-20 victory over the Knights of Bishop Kelly in the Class 4A state playoffs.
POCATELLO â€“ The Shelley Russets converted a fourth-and-17 for their first score of the game on Friday night. Conversely the Snake River Panthers came up six inches short on a fourth-and-goal from the three on the ensuing possession. Those two series were a microcosm of a game in which the Russets capitalized on nearly all of their opportunities while the Panthers came up short. Shelley knocked off the defending Class 3A state champions, 41-14.
Snake River and Shelley are underway in the 3A playoffs at Holt Arena. Shelley leads 7-0 entering the second quarter.
McKay Cannon scores on a 70-yard run putting Shelley up 13-0 after missing the extra point.
The Shelley defense scores on an interception return and the Russets now lead 20-0 in the second quarter.
Shelley adds a touchdown in the third quarter and is now leading 27-0 over the Panthers.
Cannon finds the end zone again and Shelley extends the lead to 34-0.
Shelley leads Snake River 41-6 in the fourth quarter.
Blackfoot and Bishop Kelly have each had the ball twice and both have scored two touchdowns. The score is tied 14-14 after the first quarter.
Ramos finds Pearson in the corner of the end zone for a Blackfoot touchdown late in the second quarter and the Broncos lead 21-14 at the half.
Pearson scores again but the extra point is no good. Blackfoot leads Biship Kelly 27-14 with a minute left in the third quarter.
Blackfoot adds a field goal to make the score 30-14 with four minutes to play in the game.
FIRTH â€” When a team rolls undefeated through a conference season and then finishes second in the state one would expect several post season honors to follow.
That is exactly the case with the Firth Cougar volleyball squad as they took home player of the year honors, coach of the year honors and five first team all Nuclear Conference selections for the 2012 season.
Sophomore Bailey Nelson was named the player of the year for coach of the year Carla Reeves while Ashley Sanders, Kayla Jensen, Blakely date, Jordyn Park and Taylor Nelson each were selected to the first team.
POCATELLO â€” Idaho State's Holt Arena has seen it's fair share of blow outs over the years and on Thursday evening another was added to the long list as the Firth Cougars mauled the Trojans of Wendell with a 70-6 2A state quarterfinal victory.
"I thought that we had a very solid game plan and the kids executed what we had planned," Firth head coach Keith Drake said.
BLACKFOOT â€” Well the opening round of the 2A and 3A state football tournament are in the books and as expected, Firth, Shelley and Snake River all advanced through the great eight playoffs and into the quarterfinal round.
Blackfoot won their final regular season game in the snow globe bowl with Rigby and they will kick off their playoff run on Friday. My fearless predictions were a perfect 5-0 last week, although I must confess I was hoping that Aberdeen would spoil my perfect week with a road win at Declo but alas, that was not to be. So, without further ado, my breakdown for this weeks intriguing week of playoff football.
AMMON â€“ With a 2A state tournament volleyball title in sight the Firth Cougars took to the Hillcrest court on Saturday morning looking to complete that goal.
At the end of a very emotional day on the court, Firth came up just short of that goal as they brought home the second place trophy after losing to Nampa Christian in both the semi-final and championship games.
â€śIâ€™m not going to lie, whenever you come to state without a single player who has ever been to state it can be emotionally draining,â€ť Firth head coach Carla Reeves said. â€śThat was my one concern coming in and I have been pretty hard on them all season long trying to get them mentally and physically prepared. They are a strong conditioned team so they had that covered I think what got us was the emotional side of things but they never lost face out there, they never gave up.â€ť
POCATELLO â€“ Snake Riverâ€™s Caleb Phillips and Pablo Vega recorded back-to-back sacks to preserve the Panthersâ€™ 28-24 win against Sugar-Salem on Saturday in the first round of the 3A high school football playoffs.
Trailing by four, Sugar-Salem threatened a comeback facing a 3rd-and-12 at the Snake River 45 with 3:50 left in the fourth quarter at Holt Arena. Phillips dropped Sugar-Salem quarterback Teancum Gibson on third down for a 5-yard loss. And after Sugar-Salem burned its final timeout, Vega, a portly defensive lineman, tracked down a scrambling Gibson from behind, dove and knicked his heel for the fourth-down sack.
â€śOur defense had to come up big there to get a stop,â€ť Snake River coach Jeff Dalley said. â€śWe hadnâ€™t stopped them all night. They drove the ball on us and scored. But the defense bowed their necks and came up with a stop.â€ť