Ryan Messerly didn’t hesitate.
The Bear Lake football coach kept his offense on the field after Tayson Neal scored in overtime. Neal delivered again by hitting Tyler Beresford in the end zone for the Bears’ biggest win in years.
They handed the West Side their first loss in 1,113 days in a 28-27 overtime victory. It also ended the state’s longest winning streak at 35 games dating back to September 13, 2019.
“We knew we were playing the No. 1 team in the state, so we just said, ‘We’re going to draw all our cards and here we go,'” Messerly said. “It’s definitely a roller coaster of emotions right now. We know the work our kids have put in and to see it come to fruition, that’s why we play the game.”
No. 3 Bear Lake (4-1) became the first team since Snake River on Sept. 6, 2019, to beat the Pirates (3-1). He led 20-7 at the half before surviving a late charge by blocking an extra point with just over five minutes remaining that ended up forcing overtime.
MINICO KEEPS DOMINATING OVER BURLEY
There seemed to be nothing stopping the Bobcats.
They had a who’s who on offense, including four-star draft pick Gatlin Bair, and they were averaging a state-best 55.3 points per game. But an old family enemy had something to say about it all.
No. 6 Minico held No. 5 Burley to about half his season average in a 42-28 win. It’s the 18th straight victory over the Bobcats (4-1) for the Spartans (5-1).
“They knew everyone was attacking them. They knew their offense was unstoppable. But our kids just took it with a great mindset,” Minico coach Keelan McCaffrey said. “Our kids just limited the big plays and tried to keep it all in front of them. Those guys are great athletes, they’re great football players and they’re doing a great job. But our kids just took the challenge and that’s just our program.”
Minico actually blanked Burley in the first half with a 14-0 halftime lead and extended it to 21-0 in the third quarter.
The Spartans rushed for 356 yards and a pair of 100-yard rushers in Jafeth Bendele (169) and Joseph Terry (101).
RIGBY SURVIVES BLACKFOOT SCARE
Armando González admitted that his team did not play their best.
Rigby’s coach’s team was coming off a break and was understandably a little slow. But the defending Class 5A state champions and the third-ranked team in the state did enough to avoid an upset in a 28-24 win over Class 4A Blackfoot.
“We weren’t sharp offensively. We got hurt on the first and second downs. We put ourselves in bad situations. But despite all of that, I’m proud that our kids just got through it and made it to the end,” Gonzalez said. “I told them we have to learn how to win in these situations. Every high school football game, you have to take it from your opponent, no one is going to give it to you.”
The Trojans (4-1) trailed 24-21 after Jaxon Grimmett’s 16-yard touchdown pass to Kort Capson with 9:14 remaining.
But they responded quickly with Luke Flowers’ third touchdown pass of the game less than two minutes later. The 14-yard shoulder shot to Jase Benedict ended up being the game winner after Zxaeb Falevail sealed the victory with a spectacular one-handed interception in the end zone with 1:55 to go.