BLACKFOOT — Trailing 28-20 and with less than two minutes left in the game the Broncos were facing a fourth and eight deep in their own territory.
Broncos freshman quarterback Payson Hayes, who had played most of the second half needed to make a play.
The freshman made that play we he found Matt Peterson with a 45-yard pass down to the Bobcats 26 yard line.
But a second fourth and eight a minute later would come up just inches short as the Broncos lose the Buck Bowl for the second consecutive year 28-20 to visiting Madison.
"We don't capitalize when we moved the football, and then we make mistakes not scoring," Blackfoot head coach Stan Buck said. "We should have had 21 points at halftime. We did good things and we did some bad things, it has just been a very frustrating season for us."
The difference in the game for the Broncos proved to be the third quarter.
With 10 minutes remaining in the game Blackfoot quarterback gabby Botello threw a pass that was intended for Peterson, instead it found the arms of Madison's Mitch South who returned it 35-yards for a touchdown to give the Bobcats a 14-7 lead.
After a Blackfoot punt the Bobcats Zack Brady returned the ball 64 yards down to the Blackfoot nine.
Two plays later the Bobcats punched the ball in from a yard out.
They added one more touchdown late in the third quarter to build a 21-7 lead.
But the freshman Hayes was not going to let his team go down without a fight.
On the first play of the fourth quarter Hayes found a wide open Harrison Hoskins for a 29-yard touchdown.
Two Minutes later he found James Korth with a 33-yard touchdown. The ensuing point after was missed and Broncos trailed by eight 28-20.
The offensive success from earlier in the quarter would not carry over though as the final fourth and eight pass from Hayes to Si Hoskins came up just inches short.
"I am just kind of frustrated," Buck said. "We had a lot of chances to do things right and we had guys fall down and all kinds of stuff, that is just the way our season has gone."
Madison got on the board first when quarterback Konnor Stoneberg found an open Dan Jones from 31 yards out.
Later in the quarter, Kylar Haddon scored on a 15-yard run in which he drug tacklers the final five yards into the end zone.
Haddon finished the day with 155 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. Hayes through his first two varsity touchdown passes in the game finishing the night 7-of-14 for 149 yards.
Blackfoot (1-6, 0-3 4A District 5/6) travel to Pocatello next Friday.
Madison 28, Blackfoot 20
Madison 7 0 21 0 — 28
Blackfoot 7 0 0 13 — 20
M — Dan Jones 31 pass from Konner Stoneberg (Jones kick)
B — Kylar Haddon 15 run (Gabby Botello kick)
M — Mitch South 35 yard interception return (Jones kick)
M — Billy Cardon 1 run (Jones kick)
M — Cardon 1 run (Jones kick)
B — Harrison Hoskins 29 pass from Payson Hayes (Botello kick)
B — James Korth 33 pass from Hayes (kick failed)
Rushing — Madison: Billy Cardon 12-41-2, Zack Brady 7-37, Konnor Stoneberg 18-34. Blackfoot: Kylar Haddon 20-155-1, Damon Bodkin 5-14, James Korth 4-15, Logan Averett 2-10, Matt Peterson 3-12, Austin Capson 1-2, Gabby Botello 3-9, Harrison Hoskins 1-7, Payson Hayes 2 - -4.
Receiving — Madison — Zack Brady 2-12, Dan Jones 5-92-2, Dallas Crane 2-6, Tyler Summers 1-7, Tanner Pocock 4-38. Blackfoot: James Korth 4-70-1, Matt Peterson 2-56, Harrison Hoskins 2-41, Si Hoskins 1-7.
Passing — Madison: Konnor Stoneberg 13-28-155-1-1. Blackfoot: Payson Hayes 7-14-149-2-0, Gabby Botello 2-10-25-0-2.