SHELLEY — Shelley senior quarterback Kaden Schmitt has been a key component for the Russets offense all season long.
Thursday night on senior night and the Mountain Rivers Conference title on the line Schmitt played one of his best games of the season throwing for 346 yards and four touchdowns and running for 102 yards and two more touchdowns as Shelley routed Teton 42-29 at Shelley High School.
"Kaden Schmitt is a kid that makes plays," Shelley head coach Travis Hobson said. "He is a tough kid and is better now, thane was two seasons ago."
Schmitt got the Russets on the board in the final seconds of the first quarter when he pulled the ball down and darted through the Teton defense for a 56-yard touchdown run.
The touchdown proved to be the spark the Russets needed after another slow start.
"We have not been a team that comes out of the locker room or off the bus and starts fast," Hobson said. "We have been working on that all season long and tonight we came out slow again."
The Russets missed a short field goal to start the second quarter, but thanks to Schmitt and a stout Russets defense, Shelley was able to score twice in 1:34.
Schmitt scored first on a 13-yard run. 1:34 later Schmitt found a wide open Dalton Nelson on a 51-yard touchdown pass.
Teton got on the board with 1:38 left in the half when Stephen Hales scored on a five-yard touchdown run.
Schmitt through his second touchdown pass of the half in the final 25 seconds when he found Josh Peterson with a 24-yard touchdown pass.
Peterson ended the half with an interception.
"We wanted to come out and control the game from the start and that's exactly what we did," Hobson said. "Our defense played great, our offensive line gave Kaden time to through. From the coaches on down this was a good win of us."
Shelley had the tough task of trying to stop Teton Wing-T offense, and for the first half they did just that. A couple of late fourth quarter touchdowns against the backups inflated the numbers a bit.
Schmitt played most of the third quarter and made the tired Teton defense pay early in the second half.
First he found Peterson with a 12 yard touchdown pass.
Schmitt;s fourth touchdown pass may have been his best of the season.
He came out of the pocket rolling left and found no open receivers, as the Teton defense gave chase he rolled back right and somehow found a wide open Peterson with a 53-yard touchdown pass.
After some high-fives and chest bumps, Schmitt's night was for the most part all over.
Peterson finished the night with five catches for 115 yards and three touchdowns for the Russets.
Shelley heads into the playoff as the top seed and will host either MarshValley or American Falls next Thursday in Holt Arena.
Shelley 42, Teton 29
Teton 0 7 7 15 — 29
Shelley 7 21 14 0 — 42
S — Kaden Schmitt 56 run (Tyler Fredrickson kick)
S — Schmitt 13 run (Fredrickson kick)
S — Dalton Nelson 51 pass from Schmitt (Fredrickson kick)
T — Stephen Hales 5 run (Tanner Starkey kick)
S — Josh Peterson 24 pass from Schmitt (Fredrickson kick)
S — Peterson 12 pass from Schmitt (Fredrickson kick)
S — Peterson 53 pass from Schmitt (Fredrickson kick)
T — Josh Phillips 2 run (Starkey kick)
T — Tristan Hansen 56 run (Starkey kick)
T — Bryce Beard 4 run (Freeman McCashland pass to Jaxon Reiley)
Rushing — Teton: Taylor Petersen 18-78, Tristan Hansen 15-102-1, Anthony Jones 4- (-21), Adonis Olivas 1- (2), Stephen Hales 1- (-6), Justin Wade 1-47, Bryce Beard 1-4-1. Shelley: Tyler Bean 4-35, Kaden Schmitt 8-102-2, Jacob Sutherin 2-13, Josh Peterson 1-13, Jason Hathaway 2-4, Tyler Fredrickson 3-2, Braxton Smith 1 - (-2).
Receiving — Tristan Hansen 2-9, Josh Phillips 1-8, Austin Jacobs 1-58, Tanner Starkey 2-27, Taylor Peterson 1-2, Kolton Bleggi 1-14. Shelley: Tyler Bean 1-10, Josh Peterson 5-115-3, Dalton Nelson 4-103-1, Cameron Waite 2-69, Jason Hathaway 1-11, Tyler Fredrickson 2-38.