A week ago when Blackfoot took to the field of Thunder Stadium they lost quarterback Taylor Pearson to a concussion, coach Stan Buck was ejected from the game and the team went home with a 27-21 loss.
Friday night the Broncos returned to Thunder Stadium to take on Hillcrest and former Blackfoot assistant Jeff Marshall for the first time.
After coming so close to earning a victory last week, the Broncos finally got over the hump as three Kylar Haddon second quarter touchdowns and a 37-yard field goal from Gabby Botello were enough for a 24-6 victory.
“We did some good things tonight,” Buck said. “They made a great play defensively to start the game and it was great for us to able to recover and set the tone after that.”
Hillcrest opened the scoring in the final 25 seconds of the opening quarter when Tanner Tallman picked up a Damon Bodkin fumble and returned it 45 yards for the touchdown. The PAT attempt was bobbled and the Knights led 6-0 after one quarter.
With Pearson not under center, Buck and the Broncos leaned on the legs of senior Haddon.
Less than two minutes into the second quarter Haddon barreled through the Knights defense for a 12-yard touchdown run. After the Botello PAT it was 7-6 Blackfoot.
After a couple of punts, Blackfoot got the ball again and again Haddon was the main ball carrier.
Haddon capped off a long Broncos drive with an 11-yard touchdown run to give the Broncos a 14-6 lead.
Less than 40 seconds later the Broncos' Chase Causey picked off his second pass of the game in the end zone.
Less than a minute later and after a 45 yards pass from Botello to Harrison Hoskins, Haddon scored for the third time in the quarter, this time from 10 yards out.
Blackfoot led 24-6 at halftime.
Haddon finished the first half with 112 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries.
“Kylar was huge for us tonight and out offensive line gave him the opportunity,” Buck said. “We rotated a few backs in there as well. We had some things in the passing game that we did not have to use, so we can save those for next week.”
The Broncos' defense dominated the second half.
Blackfoot held the Knights scoreless in the final 24 minutes. For the first time this season the Broncos put together a complete game.
“That was we have to do,” Buck said of his defense stopping a couple of long Hillcrest drives. “We had some negative plays; we did not have a lot of them, but when we did we capitalized on them.”
The only second half score was Botello’s 37-yard field goal in the third quarter.
Blackfoot (1-5, 0-3 4A District 5/6) entertains Madison next Friday.
Blackfoot 24, Hillcrest 6
Blackfoot 0 21 3 0 – 24
Hillcrest 6 0 0 0 – 6
H – Tanner Tallman 45 fumble return (run failed)
B – Kylar Haddon 12 run (Gabby Botello kick)
B – Haddon 11 run (Botello kick)
B – Haddon 10 run (Botello kick)
B – Botello 37 yard field goal
Rushing – Blackfoot: Kylar Haddon 22-150-3, James Korth 2-14, Gabby Botello 3 - -5, Damon Bodkin 4-45, Austin Capson 2-0, Payson Hayes 2-36, Logan Averett 2-6. Hillcrest: Morgan Pyper 17-103, Riley Nelson 4-14, Beay Crouch 7-3, Bridger Blakeslee 4-32, Jay Theusen 2-10, Jaxson Landon 6-19.
Receiving – Blackfoot: James Korth 2-13, Logan Averett 1-45, Harrison Hoskins 1-21. Hillcrest: Jay Thuesen 2-19, Bridger Blakeslee 4-21, Jaxson Landon 1-13.
Passing – Blackfoot: Gabby Botello 4-9-79-0-0. Hillcrest: Beay Crouch 7-16-53-0-2, Morgan Pyper 0-1-0.