By KASEY JONAS
For The Morning News
AMMON — Blackfoot overcame a slow start and used a strong second half to down Hillcrest, 38-22 at
Thunder Stadium Friday night. The Broncos celebrated with their District Six championship trophy that was presented to the team after the game.
At the start of the game, after Hillcrest attempted an on-side kick, Blackfoot recovered the ball on its own 43-yard line.
Then with 9:43 on the clock quarterback Trae Pilster threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Colby Pearson. Pearson then ran the ball for a two-point conversion.
Five minutes later Hillcrest tied the score.
Pilster's 25-yard pass to Colton Dance set up the Broncos' second score. At 11:16 of the second quarter, Carlton Moore ran scored for the Broncos. Blackfoot kicker Luis Oseguera was in Caldwell helping the Broncos advance to the state soccer championship. So freshman Matt Peterson kicked the PAT.
“The kickers did outstanding. They all really stepped up and helped us out,” coach Stan Buck said.
Hillcrest took a 16-15 lead into the locker room.
The Broncos ran out of the locker room with determination to hold their undefeated record. The defense stepped up its game and held the Knights back.
Late in the third quarter Pilster threw a 61-yard pass to Pearson. Pilster followed that by a 12-yard run for a first- and-goal to the 6-yard line. Then Moore finished it off and Ryan Murdoch added a two-point conversion.
With 8:30 left in the game, Pearson caught a 33-yard pass for a touchdown and Gabby Maldonado caught the ball for the two-point conversion and a 31-16 lead.
Hillcrest scored with 3:59 on the clock, but their two-point was no good thanks to an interception by Dance.
Pilster's 35-yard touchdown and Dance's conversion run finished the scoring.
“They did outstanding," Buck said of his team. "I was a little concerned in the first half but we were able to put some points up on the board.
"Offense made some big plays; we knew that if we could get nine points ahead we were in the driver's seat,” Buck said, “We had a great season and we are ready to finish it off in playoffs.”
The Broncos's first playoff game will be on their home field next Friday against Wood River at 7 p.m.