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IDAHO FALLS - The game was for all the marbles, well the regular season marbles anyway. Tuesday afternoon the Blackfoot Broncos traveled to the defending state champion Bonneville Bees for a match that would determine the regular season High Country Conference champion. In the end, the defending champs proved to be a tough out for the Broncos as they fell 3-1.
"We entered the game as the number two seed and we left the game as the number two seed but we are still a good team," Blackfoot head coach Liam Pope said. "We played the state champs and for the first half we were the better team."
Blackfoot looked to be in great form in the first half as their passing game kept the ball on the deck as they played into the prevailing head wind. The passing game was effective as they controlled the ball for most of the half but despite that fact, they were unable to produce many clean scoring opportunities.
"Bonneville defended well and against Bonneville you don't expect to get to many clean looks," Coach Pope said. "The frustration was that you could kind of sense that the team themselves started to believe that they weren't going to get chance for a good clean look at the goal."
Trailing 1-0 the Broncos had a golden opportunity for w tying goal late in the first half as Sigve Borgmo broke free from his defender in front of the goal. Unfortunately the shot misfired and heading to the half Blackfoot trailed 1-0.
"Against good teams you really aren't going to get many chances and you have to make the most of them when you get them," Coach Pope said.
Bonneville tacked on two more goals one in the forty-seventh minute and then one more in the sixty-eighth minute before a late goal by Gerardo Bartolo got the Broncos on the board.
"I think that I have mentioned this before but this team, since I've been here has always responded well after a loss and I expect that this time as well," Coach Pope said. "After our last loss to Bonneville we went on a six game unbeaten streak. I would take that right now."
Blackfoot will open district tournament play next Tuesday at Bonneville against a team to be determined.