Printed on: November 11, 2012

Blackfoot tops Hawks to return to title game

By Michael Lycklama

POCATELLO -- The 4A high school football state championship just isn't complete without Blackfoot. So senior Colby Pearson ensured Blackfoot would make its fifth trip to the finals in the past six years, leading the Broncos to a 34-27 against Skyview in the state semifinals.

The wide receiver/defensive back hauled in seven passes Saturday for 151 yards and three touchdowns. But his most important contribution came on defense.

With Skyview threatening to rally late in the fourth quarter, Blackfoot sent the reigning first-team All-Idaho receiver on blitzes over and over again. And over and over again, Skyview quarterback Anthony Marin beat the blitz and got rid of the ball quickly.

Skyview had one last shot to tie the game after Blackfoot quarterback Alonzo Ramos threw an interception with 1:28 left in the fourth quarter. But Pearson, realizing Marin was about to release the ball to beat the blitz again, leapt up and batted down passes on second and fourth down, forcing a turnover on downs and securing another Blackfoot (10-1) trip to the 4A finals.

The Broncos will face Middleton (10-1) in a rematch of last year's title game at 7 p.m. Friday at Dona Larsen Park in Boise.

Ramos entered the game as a question mark after suffering a bone contusion in his knee in last week's win against Bishop Kelly. But the 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior showed little ill effects, completing 20 of 30 passes for 325 yards and four touchdowns. Blackfoot even threw him into a defensive role at corner back in pressure situations, and he came up with an interception and a couple key tackles.

"There are times when we have to use him to get more athletes on the field," Blackfoot coach Stan Buck said. "Alonzo, he's a competitor. He put himself in physical condition (to play today)."

Saturday's win marks the third year in a row Blackfoot has bounced Skyview (8-4) from the playoffs. It beat Skyview in the quarterfinal last year and the semifinals in 2010.

Marin completed 31 of 48 passes for 361 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. Junior James Korth came up with a pair of interceptions and Blackfoot limited Skyview's power back, Jaxon Pryor, to 50 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.