POCATELLO â€“ Snake Riverâ€™s Caleb Phillips and Pablo Vega recorded back-to-back sacks to preserve the Panthersâ€™ 28-24 win against Sugar-Salem on Saturday in the first round of the 3A high school football playoffs.
Trailing by four, Sugar-Salem threatened a comeback facing a 3rd-and-12 at the Snake River 45 with 3:50 left in the fourth quarter at Holt Arena. Phillips dropped Sugar-Salem quarterback Teancum Gibson on third down for a 5-yard loss. And after Sugar-Salem burned its final timeout, Vega, a portly defensive lineman, tracked down a scrambling Gibson from behind, dove and knicked his heel for the fourth-down sack.
â€śOur defense had to come up big there to get a stop,â€ť Snake River coach Jeff Dalley said. â€śWe hadnâ€™t stopped them all night. They drove the ball on us and scored. But the defense bowed their necks and came up with a stop.â€ť