The Idaho Falls Tigers opened the 4A state playoffs with a dominant win over visiting Lakeland on Friday night, cruising into the second round with a 48-22 win over the Hawks at Ravsten Stadium.
Idaho Falls got all seven of its touchdowns rushing, including five scores from junior tailback Cameron Conrad on runs of 78, 25, 8, 5 and 2 yards.
Chase Baker and Todd Payne accounted for the other two scores for Idaho Falls.
The Tigers took advantage of Lakeland miscues and great field position in the first and third quarters, scoring on their first four possessions of the first quarter and first two of the third.
Idaho Falls held a 27-0 lead over Lakeland (3-7) in the first half, and led 48-9 before the wholesale substitutions began.
For Payne, the home playoff win was the perfect bookend to his career at Ravsten Stadium.
“I played my first varsity game here, and now to finish with a win after never having hosted a playoff game before, that’s pretty cool,” he said.
Fellow Idaho Falls senior Payton Powell closed out his playing days at Ravsten with his first interception of the season, a pick that set up a Payne’s TD score.
“Got to end it with a flash,” Powell said. “Nothing beats the feeling of playing and winning a playoff game here in front of your friends and family.”
Idaho Falls (6-4) will next face top-ranked Skyview (9-0) in Nampa on Friday.
“We know they’re big and fast, but we beat a bigger and faster team in Hillcrest,” Payne said. “Anything can happen on the football field.”
IDAHO FALLS 48, LAKELAND 22
Lakeland 0 9 0 13 — 22
Idaho Falls 20 7 14 7 — 48
IF — Cameron Conrad 8 run (Tyson Lott kick) 7:26
IF — Chase Baker 3 run (kick blocked) 3:34
IF — Conrad 25 run (Lott kick) 2:07
IF — Conrad 2 run (Lott kick) 9:00
L — Wyatt Gatten 6 run (run failed) 3:07
L — Jaylen Skalskiy 43 FG :00
IF — Conrad 5 run (Lott kick) 9:12
IF — Todd Payne 1 run (Lott kick) 2:28
IF — Conrad 78 run (Lott kick) 9:53
L — Christian Suko 64 run (Skalskiy kick) 9:37
L — Trevor Vandever 31 pass from Logan Siegford (run failed) 3:53