BLACKFOOT - From the moment a helicopter delivered the game ball Friday night the match up between the Skyline Grizzlies and the Blackfoot Broncos, had an electric feel to it. When the dust settled between the long time rivals, the Broncos had come away with a hard fought 35-24 win to move their season record to 3-1 at the half way mark of the regular season.
Utilizing the strong right arm of junior quarterback Trae Pilster, the Broncos turned to the passing game in the first half and Pilster responded with 13 completions in the half for a pair of touchdowns and a 21-14 lead.
"We have a lot of play makers on this team," said Coach Stan Buck. "We tried to take advantage of what Skyline was giving us and Trae and Colby worked it to perfection."
With the Grizzlies set on keeping senior wide receiver Beau Hoskins out of the Bronco's plans by double teaming him on nearly every play, Blackfoot was able to mix the run and pass on their first scoring drive which ended with Garrett Buck crashing over from three yards out for a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter.
Skyline came right back down the field, scoring on a seven yard pass play to knot the score at 7 as the teams headed to the second quarter.
A Bronco turnover set the Grizzlies up with a first down on their own 49 yard line and Skyline wasted no time in cashing in as Michael Glaser took a swing pass from Tanner Bodily and scampered 51 yards to pay dirt and the Grizzlies only lead of the night at 14-7.
Two minutes later, the Broncos answered back with a long play of their own as Colby Pearson hauled in a 72 yard pass and catch play from Trae Pilster to tie the game at 14.
"Trae is a great quarter back," said sophomore receiver Colby Pearson. "I had single coverage a lot tonight and Trae was able to see the coverage and send the ball my way."
Pilster and Pearson would hook up just moments later, when Pearson was able to break away from the defensive back with a great circle move and haul in his second scoring pass of the game. That score would send the Broncos to the half leading 21-14.
"We came out in the second half wanting to run the ball more effectively," said Coach Buck. "It was the effort on behalf of our players which allowed us to not only eat time off the clock, but to be successful in scoring as well."
With Pilster, Buck and Ryan Gallegos sharing the load running the ball, the Broncos were able to accumulate 145 yards rushing and only attempted five passes in the second half after throwing it 22 times in the opening half.
"We have great kids in this program and they all contribute," said Coach Buck. "These kids work hard and play hard and as we continue to improve, we are seeing the success that they deserve."
Skyline and Blackfoot traded scores in the third and fourth quarters, with each team tallying a touchdown in the third quarter, and Skyline picking up a field goal in the final stanza before Blackfoot put the game away with six minutes remaining on a 5 yard run by Gallegos.
Blackfoot will host conference foe Bonneville next Friday night for homecoming.
SHS 7 7 7 3 24
BHS 7 14 7 7 35
BHS 1Q 3:19 G. Buck 3 yd run, PAT Good by Oseguera, 7-0
SHS 1Q 0.55 Bodily to Lott, 7 yd pass, PAT Good by Yde 7-7
SHS 2Q 11:00 Bodily to Glaser, 51 yd pass PAT Good by Yde 7-14
BHS 2Q 8:13 72 yd pass Pilster to Pearson, PAT Good by Oseguera 14-14
BHS 2Q 0:32 14 yd pass Pilster to Pearson, PAT Good by Oseguera 21-14
BHS 3Q 9:47 3 yd pass Pilster to Bitton PAT Good by Oseguera 28-14
SHS 3Q 2:51 5 yd pass Bodily to Jacobs PAT Good by Yde 28-21
SHS 4Q 9:41 23 yd Field Goal by Yde 28-24
BHS 4Q 6:20 5 yd run by Gallegos PAT Good by Oseguera 35-24
Blackfoot passing: T. Pilster 17-27-273 yds, 3 tds, 2 int. Rushing, T.Pilster, 9-46 yds; Coffey, 1-5yds; Hoskins, 2-2 yds, Buck, 10-41 yds, 1 td; Gallegos, 15-51yds 1 td; Receiving, Hoskins, 2-10 yds, Pearson, 10-227 yds, 2 tds; Buck, 1-3 yds, Bitton, 3-11 yds 1 td, Dance, 2-32 yds.