SHELLEY - Coming off of a undefeated season capped with a State Championship the Russets hosted the 4A Jerome Tigers in their first home game of the season.
After a slow start the Russets scored twenty one in the second half to cruise to a solid 28-7 victory.
Shelley started off quickly scoring on their first drive as Randy Bauer punched in a 1 yard run with 6:45 to go in the game. The Tigers answered late in the quarter as qb Zach Thibault hit reciever Dan Thibault for a five yard td pass. The second and third quarter proved to be lackluster on the offensive end as weather and stout defense's held each team in bay. That is until Taylor Lund picked off the Tigers with a diving interception to pump some energy into the Shelley sideline. Capitilizing on the momentum Tyler Bean ripped off an impressive 25 yard run as he scampered into the endzone, the Russets and Tigers ended the quarter 14-7.
When asked about the first three quarters Coach Travis Hobson stated: "we just didn't come out very aggressive, our offensive line, our defense, it just wasn't as intense. We have to do a better job of playing a complete game for us to succeed against these 5a and 4a opponents."
The beginning of the fourth quarter started with a drive by Shelley that set the tone for the rest of the game as Cameron Waite caught an 11 yard touchdown from Kaden Schmitt. The woes continued offensively for the Tigers as a fumbled punt return with 4:46 left in the game all but sealed the deal as a minute later Lund caught a 5 yd touchdown to put the Russets up 28-7. That would be all she wrote as a few minutes later Schmitt would take the knee to end the game. "We were aggressive in the 4th and that was the difference really, we just have to come out quicker next game." said Hobson. The Russets will play in Manti, Utah next Friday as they face the reigning 2A state champs of Utah.
6:45 Randy Bauer 1 yd run, Tyler Fredrickson extra point good Shelley 7 Jerome 0
2:10 Dan Thibault five yard td reception extra point good Shelley 7 Jerome 7
2:45 Tyler Bean 25 yd td run, extra point good Shelley 14 Jerome 7
10:25 Cameron Waite 5 yd td reception extra point good Shelley 21 Jerome 7
3:04 Taylor Lund 5 yd td reception extra point good Shelley 28 Jerome 7