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THOMAS â€” After watching Teton march down the field in the final seven minutes of the game and punch the ball in the end zone to cut the Snake River lead down to 15-13 the Panther needed to make a play to keep their playoff run alive.
On the ensuing two-point conversion try, Teton quarterback Anthony Jones rolled out to his left looking for a receiver in the back of the end zone.
Jones' pass appeared to find an open receiver, but s diving Kade Harral knocked the ball away preserving the Panthers 15-13 win in their 3A playoff game at Snake River High School on Saturday.
"They called a good play and Harral made a good play to get in there and knock the ball out if his hands," Snake River head coach Jeff Dalley said. "Once again another one of those seniors coming up and making a big play for us."
The Panthers had the chance for that final stand thanks to a pair of huge plays made by another senior Brad Coombs.
Coombs scored the Panthers first touchdown with 7:16 left when he found the end zone from three yards out. Forty seconds later Coombs intercepted a Stephen Hales pass and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown and just like that the Panthers led 15-7.
"Brad comes every week and he knows what we do on offense and what we do on defense," Dalley said. "Defensively he is the captain and he know where he needs to be and he was right there for that pick and it was a big play on his part."
Prior to Snake Rivers success in late stages of the fourth quarter the Panthers struggled to do much of anything offensively.
Between the 20 yard lines the Panthers moved the ball with some success. Inside the 20's Snake River's offense stalled.
The Panthers missed a field goal to start the second quarter after a long drive moved the ball down to the 15-yard line, they had two other drives result in turnovers on downs after failing to pick up fourth downs.
But despite the lack of offensive success the Panthers kept the game close and Teton's wing-T attack under wraps.
"That option is tough and what they do, they do very well," Dalley said. "We did a good job of keeping them contained and made some plays."
Coobs led the Panthers with 62 yards rushing and a touchdown.
Snake River will host Shelley next Saturday at 1p.m. with a berth in the state semifinals on the line.
Snake River 15, Teton 13
Teton 0 7 0 6 â€” 13
Snake River 0 0 0 15 â€” 15
T â€” Josh Phillips 1 run (Tanner Starkey kick)
SR â€” Brad Coombs 3 run (Sean Miller run)
SR â€” Coombs 25 interception return (Oliver Rasmussen kick)
T â€” Anthony Jones 4 run (pass failed)
Rushing â€” Teton: Tatlor Petersen 8-27, Tristan Hansen 13-13, Derek Birch 5-65, Anthony Jones 2-5-1, Josh Phillips 5-46-1, Kolton Bleggi 1-5. Snake River: Sean Miller 3-15, Brad Coombs 18-62-1, David Serna 3-18, Collin Bingham 3-31, Wyatt Volger 13-47, Kade Keller 6-32.
Receiving â€” Teton: Taylor Petersen 2-12, Austin Jacobs 2-23, Kolton Bleggi 1-10. Snake River: Collin Bingham 4-18, David Serna 5-28, Tyler Coombs 1-6, Kade Harral 1-5.
Passing â€” Teton: Stephen Hales 1-3-6-0-1, Anthony Jones 4-8-45-0-0. Snake River: Sean Miller 7-15-46-0-1, Kade Keller 3-5-6-0-0.