Printed on: September 07, 2013

Grizz rebound vs. Broncs

By MIKE HENNEKE
prsports@postregister.com

IDAHO FALLS -- Nobody could blame Skyline quarterback Zak Bennett for not watching as Blackfoot football players lined for what would be presumably a game-winning PAT in overtime Friday night at Ravsten Stadium.

Not after a combined 88 points, two overtime possessions and multiple lead changes in a game that Skyline would ultimately prevail 47-41 in double overtime.

"I wasn't even watching," Bennett said. "I had my head between my legs."

The roar of the crowd told him all he needed to know. Skyline would get another chance to win a wild contest that more than made up for its disappointing loss to Bonneville last week.

After stopping Blackfoot on its second overtime possession, thanks largely in part to a bone-crushing quarterback sack from Alex Wachs, Skyline lined up on the 10 for one more chance to finally win the game. After failing before to put away Blackfoot, this time would be different.

On second and goal, Mitchell took the ball from Bennett and ran around the right side with Blackfoot defenders in pursuit. Close to the goal, Mitchell made one final leap into the end zone, causing players and the crowd to erupt.

Such a different team from the first half when the Grizzlies could manage only seven points. Mistakes plagued Skyline throughout as they set themselves back 90 yards on 11 penalties.

Trailing by a touchdown, 14-7, Skyline came to life in the second half. Bennett, who struggled early, finished with 321 yards on 19-31 passing. His favorite target was Alex Peterson, who finished the game with six catches for 131 yards and one touchdown.

"I was just playing with a lot more control," Bennett said of his second-half performance.

In addition to resurrecting his passing game, Bennett added 83 yards on the ground on 14 carries. Skyline surpassed Blackfoot in total yardage 474-273.

Stopping Blackfoot's Kylar Haddon proved to be problematic most of the night for Skyline defenders. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back totaled 128 yards on the ground and two touchdowns for Blackfoot.

For Skyline coach Scott Berger, the win was perfect medicine for a disappointing loss the week before.

"These kids just keep battling," Berger said.

Skyline travels to Century next Friday while Blackfoot will have a bye week.