Printed on: November 17, 2012

Blackfoot adds to title haul

By Jordan Rodriguez

BOISE -- There simply is no stopping the Blackfoot Broncos' football freight train.

For the second consecutive year, Blackfoot rolled right through the Middleton Vikings in the 4A state championship game, winning 48-19 on Friday at Dona Larsen Park to add to a growing collection of state hardware.

"All of our hard work paid off," senior quarterback Alonzo Ramos said. "This is what we've been working for, and now that we have this state championship, we're going to celebrate it."

Blackfoot (11-1) has won three of the past four state titles and four of the past six, cementing its status as Idaho's most dominant high school football power.

"It's an awesome accomplishment," Blackfoot coach Stan Buck said. "I'm just proud of the kids who've been in the program and thankful for all the hard work our coaches have put in. But you have to have players, and we've been fortunate to have some good ones."

Blackfoot's explosive talent was on full display Friday. Middleton opened the scoring with a field goal, but the Broncos responded with a six-play scoring drive capped by a 33-yard strike from Ramos to Colby Pearson. Ramos and Mitch Martin added first-half rushing TDs, staking Blackfoot to a 20-3 halftime lead.

The Broncos' three first-half scoring drives took a total of 17 plays. None lasted longer than 3 minutes.

"We executed really well," Buck said. "Our pass protection was good, our run blocking was great, and our kids at the skill positions made some great plays. They are fun to watch."

Blackfoot picked up right where it left off in the second half, marching 80 yards in five plays on its opening possession to make it 28-3 on Martin's 1-yard TD run. Middleton never seriously threatened the lead after that.

The electrifying Ramos led the Blackfoot attack, completing 10 of 14 passes for 258 yards and two TDs while adding 82 yards and a score on the ground. Pearson caught three passes for 139 yards, while Kyler Haddon rushed for 110 yards and a TD on just eight carries. Dallas Thompson added 97 yards and a TD on the ground.

In all, Blackfoot racked up 567 yards of offense and averaged a mind-boggling 11.8 yards per play.

"We ran into a heck of a football team," Middleton coach Bill Brock said. "Blackfoot is big, strong, fast and physical. They played well, and they deserve to be the state champions."

Middleton's star tailback, Victor Dias, led the Vikings with 158 yards and a TD on 25 carries. But for the second year in a row, it wasn't enough to prevent a Blackfoot championship celebration.

"We came out fired up," Pearson said. "We knew that this was our last time playing together, and we knew there was no better way than to go out as winners and as state champions. Fortunately, we were able to get the job done."