ABERDEEN — Bingham County foes collided on Friday night as the Aberdeen Tigers welcomed Snake River to town for a non-conference tilt on the gridiron.
Snake River got a 3 touchdown performance from Emmett Smith and the Panthers defense turned in a stellar second half to lift the Panthers to a solid 28-14 win.
"Our offensive line did real well," Smith said. "They started to talk to each other and really played as a team."
Smith got the games opening score at the 8:51 mark of the first quarter, capping the opening drive with a 5-yard touchdown plunge. Cooper Peterson added the extra point and the Panthers led 7-0.
Aberdeen was far from stunned however as they answered back with a Jaiden Beck 19-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter but the kick missed right leaving the score at 7-6 Panthers.
Snake River had a response to the Tiger score however as Smith capped another long drive with a 6-yard touchdown run and after a Peterson extra point the Panthers led 14-6 with 2:22 remaining in the first half.
"I was able to see the cut back tonight because there were some big holes in the line," Smith said. "Our team did a great job of blocking and as long as the team does well I'm happy."
To start the second half Snake River's defense came out blazing stifling the Tigers opening drive with a three and out to force a punt.
That defense was huge in the second half of play as they allowed just 88-yards total offense for the Tigers. Conversely, Jaiden Beck had 82-yards rushing all by himself in the first half.
"We made an adjustment at the half, changing who had the quarterback and who had the pitch," Snake River head coach Jeff Dalley said. "Our line really got after it and did a great job."
After the opening stop the offense then got back to work, chewing up the game clock while showcasing a running attack that wore down the Tiger defense. Derik Williams put the Panthers up by two scores with a 18-yard touchdown run around left end with 8:16 remaining in the third quarter.
"I doubt that we tired out, they just got things going and we didn't come out of the locker room with that same fire that we usually have," Aberdeen head coach Cory Hollingsworth said. "They changed up some and we had the answers but we just didn't get those changes done until late in the game."
After another three and out by the Panther defense Snake River looked to put the nail in the Tiger coffin but Aberdeen's Jake Ponce had other ideas, picking off a C.J. Toulouse pass at midfield and then took it to the house for a pick six. A Jaiden Beck 2-point run pulled the Tigers to within 21-14.
"We still made a few too many mistakes but they are things that we can fix," coach Dalley said.
Snake River responded with a five play, 65-yard drive on the ensuing possession as Smith rumbled in for his third score of the day, again from 5-yards out for the games final score.
Aberdeen threatened on a pair of occasions in the final stanza only to be thwarted by a pair of Chad Van Orden interceptions, the second in the end zone with :55 remaining in the game.
Both teams will have a bye week this week ahead of conference openers for both teams.
SR 7 7 14 0 - 28
AB 0 6 8 0 - 14
Snake River 28, Aberdeen 14
SR - 8:51 E. Smith 5 yd run (C. Peterson kick good) 7-0
AB - 6:00 J. Beck 19 yd run (Z. Uribe kick failed) 7-6
SR - 2:22 E. Smith 6 yd run (C. Peterson kick good) 14-6
SR - 8:16 D. Williams 18 yd run (C. Peterson kick good) 21-6
AB - 5:22 J. Ponce 50 yd int return (J. Beck run good) 21-14
SR - 3:19 E. Smith 5 yd run (C. Peterson kick good) 28-14
Passing: C.J. Toulouse 4-99 2int, J. Beck 2-49 2 int Rushing: SR - E. Smith 17-101 3 td, D. Williams 12-77 td, C.J. Toulouse 7-44, M. Hrabik 2-30, K. Grover 5-27 AB - J. Beck 16-93, G. Bartholoma 12-36, P. Bravo 4-8, J. Ponce 2-10, M. Wynn 1--2 Receiving: SR - M. Hrabik 1-25, D. Williams 1-20, C. Van Orden 1-24, D. Bingham 1-30 AB - G. Gonzalez 2-49