HS Football:Youngstrom powers Rigby to 35-21 win

At Dona Larsen Park in Boise, Rigby High School’s Braden Youngstrom scored four of the Trojans’ five touchdowns in Thursday’s 35-21 win over Borah in the opening round of the 5A state playoffs.

The senior running back finished the evening with 190 yards on 18 carries and 105 yards on three catches. Three of his four touchdowns were on the ground. This was the fifth game this season Youngstrom has had at least three touchdowns.

Youngstrom’s first touchdown put Rigby up 7-0 in the first quarter before Borah responded with 21 consecutive points from Jay Ahlstrom, Ellis Magnuson and Ilaisa Makaafi. A 7-yard run by Rigby’s Braden Erickson made it a one-touchdown game to end the first quarter. The Trojans then scored 21 unanswered points over the next two quarters off three Youngstrom touchdowns.

While Borah had Rigby beat with 262 passing yards to 200 and 21 first downs to 14, penalties took more of a toll on the Lions. Rigby was penalized eight times for 60 yards while Borah was penalized nine times for 88 yards, including one in the last minute and a half of the game.

Tanner Clayton had a solid night, completing 10 of 18 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown. Robbie Larsen rushed for 11 yards on one carry, Erickson rushed for seven yards on one carry for a touchdown and Mason Priest caught two passes for 40 yards for Rigby (8-2), which faces defending state champion Mountain View in next week’s quarterfinals at a to-be-determined time and place.


Rigby 14 14 7 0—35

Borah 21 0 0 0—21

Scoring drives

First quarter

R—Braden Youngstrom 1 run (kick good)

B—Jay Ahlstrom 5 pass from Jake Standlee (kick good)

B—Ellis Magnuson 60 pass from Standlee (kick good)

B—Ilaisa Makaafi 3 run (kick good)

R—Braden Erickson 7 run (kick good)

Second quarter

R—Youngstrom 80 run (kick good)

R—Youngstrom 65 pass from Tanner Clayton (kick good)

Third quarter

R—Youngstrom 4 run (kick good)


RUSHING—Rigby: Bradley Hahn 1-5, Austin Good 1-0, Clayton 9-(-14), Robbie Larsen 1-11, Erickson 1-7, Youngstom 18-190; Borah: Standlee 8-(-8), Izzy Daffer 2-5, Magnuson 8-46, Innocent Ndayiragije 1-0, Makaafi 25-119

PASSING—Rigby: Clayton 10-18 200; Borah: Standlee 22-35 262

RECEIVING—Rigby: Hahn 1-8, Mason Priest 2-40, Good 1-6, Larsen 2-19, Youngstrom 3-105, Brycen Uffens 1-22; Borah: Magnuson 11-127, Cory Lewis 2-23, Makaafi 1-26, Jay Ahlstrom 1-5, Chase Nett 4-18, Austin Bolt 3-63

CAREY 72, MACKAY 12: At Carey, the Panthers prompted a running clock in an opening round rout of Mackay in the first round of the 1A Division II state playoffs.

Carey rushed to a 48-0 lead after the first quarter with five touchdowns from four players. Mackay’s Dallin Green ran in back-to-back touchdowns to get Mackay on the board in the second quarter, cutting the deficit to 56-12. The Panthers proceeded to score 24 unanswered points.

Chase Green had 25 yards on two carries while Dallin Green rushed for 23 yards on 10 carries for two touchdowns and completed 8 of 13 passes for 84 yards, no touchdowns and one interception for Mackay. Sereck Peterson had two catches for 58 yards for the Miners, who end their first varsity season in three years 2-5 overall.


Mackay 0 12 0 0—12

Carey 40 18 7 7—72

First quarter

C – Porter Mecham 55-yard run (Hilario Ruiz run) 11:11

C – Mecham 2-yard run (Kaden Koudelka pass from Houston Hennefer) 7:27

C – Carson Simpson 42-yard fumble recovery (Mecham pass from Hennefer) 6:14

C – Hennefer 16-yard run (Mecham run) 5:35

C – Koudelka 30-yard pass from Hennefer (Hennefer run) 3:24

Second quarter

C – Mecham 25-yard run (Hennefer run) 10:50

M—Dallin Green 7 run (pass no good) 8:06

M—Dallin Green 34 run (run no good) 3:47

C – Brigham Parke 6-yard rush (two-point attempt failed) 1:03

C – Safety 0:03

Third quarter

C – Dallin Parke 25-yard reception from Park (Jesus Villanueva XP good) 0:06

Fourth quarter

C – Carson Simpson 70-yard rush (Villanueva XP good) 10:30


RUSHING—Mackay: Riley Johnson 1-(-4), Dallin Green 10-23, Jakoda Whitworth 6-(-3), Sereck Peterson 9-7, Chase Green 2-25

PASSING—Mackay: Dallin Green 8-13-1 84; Chase Green 0-5-1

RECEIVING—Mackay: Whitworth 5-20, Peterson 2-58, Chase Green 1-6