HS Football: Challis gets historic playoff win

At Horseshoe Bend, Challis High School quarterback Ross Sheppeard rushed for three touchdowns and added two more through the air in the Vikings’ 63-18 win over Horseshoe Bend to begin the 1A Division I playoffs Saturday.

A search of Post Register and Idaho High School Activities Association records dating back to 1985 shows no record of a Challis playoff football win before Saturday. All previous playoff appearances for Challis before Saturday resulted in a first-round loss.

“As long as I’ve been coach, this is the best group of kids I’ve coached,” said third-year Challis coach T.T. Cain. “They bought in to the scheme we were running back in August. Every week, they’ve continued getting better as a team. That’s what we’re proud of the most for this team. They understand how to play as a team.”

The Vikings led 14-6 after the first quarter and scored 20 unanswered in the second quarter. Sheppeard, Pete Bradshaw and Mitchell Cotant all traded off in scoring first half touchdowns.

The lead grew to 56-12 after the third quarter. Cain said the Vikings’s game plan was successfully carried out and they forced the Mustangs to pass.

“They run the wing, a lot of counter stuff,” Cain said. “The kids had a good week of practice. We shut it down pretty quick. It was a well executed game on both sides of the ball.”

Sheppeard rushed for 162 yards on nine carries for three touchdowns and completed eight of 11 passes for 85 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Bradshaw rushed for 119 yards on 17 carries for one touchdown and caught two passes for 41 yards and one touchdown while Mitchell Cotant rushed for 41 yards on three carries for one touchdown and caught one pass for nine yards for Challis (8-2), which will play Genesee in a semifinal game Saturday in the Kibbie Dome. Kickoff is 2 p.m. Mountain Time.


Challis 14 20 22 7—63

Horseshoe Bend 6 0 6 6—18

First quarter

CH—Pete Bradshaw 24 run (Ross Sheppeard run)

CH—Sheppeard 45 run (conversion failed)

Second quarter

CH—Bradshaw 31 pass from Sheppeard (Bradshaw run)

CH—Mitchell Cotant 13 run (conversion failed)

CH—Sheppeard 11 run (conversion failed)

Third quarter

CH—Bradshaw 5 run (Kade Bruno run)

CH—Rowdy Piva 5 pass from Sheppeard (conversion failed)

CH—Sheppeard 48 run (Bradshaw run)

Fourth quarter

CH—Blane Ammar 14 run (Vetle Ravn kick good)


RUSHING—Challis: Sheppeard 9-162, Bradshaw 17-119, Cotant 3-41, Justin Rembelski 2-13, Piva 1-5

PASSING—Challis: Sheppeard 8-11-1 85

RECEIVING—Challis: Bradshaw 2-41, Dustin Stillwaugh 2-24, Piva 3-11, Cotant 1-9


FRUITLAND 14, SUGAR-SALEM 8: At Fruitland, Sugar-Salem made it a one-touchdown game in the fourth quarter before ultimately falling to defending state champion Fruitland.

The Grizzlies shut out the Diggers for the first three quarters, getting touchdowns from Tyler Gulick and Alex Becerril. Sugar-Salem got on the board with 2:50 remaining in the game when Kyle Ostermiller caught a 5-yard pass from Tanner Harris and ran in the subsequent 2-point conversion.

Fruitland beat Sugar-Salem on the ground (174 rushing yards on 51 carries to 84 yards on 32 carries) and through the air (94 yards on five completions to 59 yards on five completions) and had fewer penalties (three penalties for 15 yards to four penalties for 45 yards).

Harris rushed for 36 yards on 19 carries and completed five of 16 passes for 59 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Brown Bennion rushed for 28 yards on five carries, Ostermiller rushed for seven yards on three carries for a touchdown and caught one two-yard pass and Dylan Pope rushed for 11 yards on four carries and caught two passes for five yards.

Sugar-Salem ends the season 7-3.


Sugar-Salem 0 0 0 8—8

Fruitland 0 6 8 0—14

Second quarter

F—Tyler Gulick 12 pass from Cole Eiguren (Joe Henggeler kick no good)

Third quarter

F—Alex Becerril 4 run (Jordan Eggers pass from Eiguren)

Fourth quarter

SS—Kyle Ostermiller 5 pass from Tanner Harris (Ostermiller run)


RUSHING—Sugar-Salem: Harris 19-36, Brown Bennion 5-28, Dylan Pope 4-11, Ostermiller 3-7, Hadley Miller 1-2; Fruitland: Canaan Bourcy 13-34, Eggers 12-17, Becerril 10-40, Eiguren 9-24, Noah Hattrup 6-59, Jonathon Fagen 1-0

PASSING—Sugar-Salem: Harris 5-16-2 59; Fruitland: Eiguren 5-10-1 94

RECEIVING—Sugar-Salem: Pope 2-5, Jacob Christensen 1-3, Miller 1-3, Ostermiller 1-2; Fruitland: Tyler Gulick 2-3, Eggers 1-3, Becerril 1-1, Hattrup 1-2