At Meridian, the Rigby High School football team had defending state champion Mountain View on the ropes before falling late in the fourth quarter in a 14-13 5A state quarterfinal loss in steady rain.
The loss ends Rigby’s second season in 5A at 8-3 overall.
The Trojans maintainted the lead through three quarters off two rushing touchdowns by senior running back Braden Youngstrom to put them up 13-6 entering the fourth. The Mavericks converted a fourth and five with approximately five minutes left in the game and scored what would be the game-winning touchdown with 3:11 left off an 11-yard run and 2-point conversion by Joey Elwell. Mountain View sealed the win by snagging two interceptions.
Youngstrom rushed for 198 yards on 33 carries for two touchdowns while Braden Erickson rushed for 27 yards on three carries. Tanner Clayton completed 19 of 29 passes for 134 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions while Austin Good caught five passes for 42 yards for Rigby.
MOUNTAIN VIEW 14, RIGBY 13
Rigby 7 0 6 0—13
Mountain View 0 6 0 8—14
R—Braden Youngstrom 25 run (Brendon Lowder kick good)
MV—Caden Hansen 14 run (kick failed)
R—Youngstrom 3 run (kick failed)
MV—Joey Elwell 11 run (Elwell run good)
RUSHING—Rigby: Youngstrom 33-198, Braden Erickson 3-27; Mountain View: Hansen 34-147, Elwell 8-27, Noah Bryant 6-11, Jaymon Barrus 2-4, Mitch Leiby 2-4
PASSING—Rigby: Tanner Clayton 19-29-2 134; Mountain View: Bryant 12-22-0 72, Blake Jablonski 1-1-0 20
RECEIVING—Rigby: Austin Good 5-42, Robbie Larsen 2-27, Brycen Uffens 4-27, Ben Fullmer 3-18, Erickson 2-11, Bradley Hahn 1-9; Mountain View: Jablonski 3-24, Bryant 1-20, K.J. Lynch 2-19, Tyler Ho 1-14, Elwell 5-10, Luke Adams 1-5
COEUR D’ALENE 66, MADISON 22: At Coeur d’Alene, Madison’s season ended with a loss to Coeur d’Alene.
The Bobcats struck first with a 32-yard field goal by Chris Edstrom, but the Vikings took an 8-3 lead on the first play of its next drive. The Vikings built leads as large as 42-10 late in the third quarter and 56-16 early in the fourth quarter.
Among Madison’s touchdowns were Joe Dougherty (4-yard pass from Jordan Porter) and Karson Harstings (4-yard pass from Porter). No further details were available by Post Register deadline.
Madison ends the season 7-4.
FIRTH 34, OROFINO 12: At Holt Arena, Firth ran past Orofino to advance to its first 2A state semifinals since 2013.
Orofino and Firth were blow for blow early on, tying the game twice in the second quarter before Victor Burkhart caught a 58-yard pass from Gunner Vasquez to give Firth a 20-12 lead going into halftime. The Cougars shut out the Maniacs in the second half, adding to their lead with a Remington Chapman run and Colton Mecham run in the third quarter.
Firth (7-3) will face New Plymouth, which defeated Aberdeen 30-13 on Friday, in the semifinals next week on a to-be-determined day at a to-be-determined venue.
FIRTH 34, OROFINO 12
Orofino 0 12 0 0—12
Firth 6 14 14 0—34
F—Kylan Adolfson 23 pass from Gunner Vasquez (2-point conversion no good)
O—Matt West 2 run (2-point conversion no good)
F—Remington Chapman 3-run (2-point conversion no good)
O—West 8 run (2-point conversion no good)
F—Victor Burkhart 58 pass from Vasquez (2-point conversion good)
F—Chapman 41 run (2-point conversion good)
F—Colton Mecham 3 run (2-point conversion no good)
CAREY 36, CLARK COUNTY-WATERSPRINGS 16: At Carey, the season came to an end for the Clark County-Watersprings co-op football team in a loss to undefeated Carey.
The Panthers held Clark-Watersprings off the scoreboard for three quarters, leading 30-0 at halftime sparked by three second quarter touchdowns by Porter Mecham. Carey extended the lead to 36-0 with a 49-yard pass from Houston Hennefer to Kaden Koudelka in the third quarter.
Matthew Murdock ran in two touchdowns and one of two 2-point conversions in the fourth quarter to get Clark-Watersprings on the board.
Kyson Poletti rushed for 136 yards on 18 carries while Murdock rushed for 97 yards on 14 carries and Carter Eddins accumulated 82 yards on 14 carries for Clark-Watersprings. Poletti completed one of six passes for 22 yards, no touchdowns and an interception while Murdock completed two of five passes for 13 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. Ty Parton caught one 22-yard pass for Clark-Watersprings, which ends the season 7-3.
CAREY 36, CLARK COUNTY-WATERSPRINGS 16
Clark-Watersprings 0 0 0 16—16
Carey 8 22 6 0—36
C—Hilario Ruiz 9 run (Tanner Mecham pass from Houston Hennefer)
C—Porter Mecham 35 run (Ruiz run no good)
C—P. Mecham 51 run (Hayden Wayment pass from Hennefer)
C—P. Mecham 18 pass from Hennefer (Ruiz run good)
C—Kaden Koudelka 49 pass from Hennefer (T. Mecham run no good)
CW—Matthew Murdock 13 run (Brayson Bromwell run good)
CW—Murdock 30 run (Murdock run good)
RUSHING—Clark-Watersprings: Poletti 18-136, Murdock 14-97, Carter Eddins 14-82, Ty Parton 1-4, Kobe Korrell 2-8; Carey: Hennefer 1-4, DJ Parke 5-11, Ruiz 6-13, P. Mecham 17-161
PASSING—Clark-Watersprings: Poletti 1-6-1 22, Murdock 2-5-0 13; Carey: Hennefer 10-19-0 181
RECEIVING—Clark-Watersprings: Murdock 1-6, Parton 1-22, Korrell 1-7; Carey: Parke 2-27, Koudelka 3-75, T. Mecham 2-19, P. Mecham 3-66