Broncos finish season on high note
BLACKFOOT — Friday night's game for the Blackfoot and Rigby football teams had a different meaning for both teams.
The Broncos were looking to finish the season on a two-game wining streak, while Rigby was looking forward to next week's 4A state playoffs.
It took the Broncos just three plays to show the visiting Trojans they were ready to play.
Freshman quarterback Pacen Hayes found Matt Peterson for a 26-yard touchdown early in the first quarter and senior running back Kylar Haddon had 160 yards rushing in his final game as a Bronco as Blackfoot rolled to a 35-13 victory.
"That was the kind of effort I knew you guys had in you all season," Blackfoot head coach Stan Buck told his team after the game.
The teams battled to a 7-7 tie after one quarter, but in the second quarter Hayes got senior receiver James Korth involved in the game.
Hayes found Korth with touchdown passes of 58 and nine yards as Blackfoot took a 21-7 lead.
Blackfoot's defense came up huge in the final seconds when they held Rigby out of the end zone from the one yard line on three consecutive plays.
"We did a lot of good things tonight," Buck said. "We played a complete game and set a good tone going into the offseason.
Haddon started the fourth quarter with a 43 yard touchdown run that saw him drag a handful of defenders into the end zone.
Hayes capped the scoring with a 10 yard touchdown run.
Hayes finished the game 5-for-11 for 105 yards and three touchdown passes.
Blackfoot finished the season 3-6 and 2-3 in District 5/6.
Blackfoot 35, Rigby 13
Rigby 7 0 0 6 — 13
Blackfoot 7 14 0 14 — 35
B — Matt Peterson 26 pass from Pacen Hayes (Gabby Botello kick)
R — Drew Zagula r run (Alan Caudillo kick)
B — James Korth 58 pass from Hayes (Botello kick)
B — Korth 9 pass from Hayes (Botello kick)
B — Kylar Haddon 43 run (kick failed)
B — Hayes 10 run (Botello kick)
R — Landon Larson 3 pass from Hayden Livingston (pass failed)
Rushing — Rigby: Drew Zagula 13-55-1, Haydn Landon 2-17, Ethan Livermont 1-8, Alan Caudillo 2-6, Hayden Livingston 8 (-39), Tyrel Phillips 7-26, Andy Chase 1-0, Bo Bylington 1-11, Mitch Hernandez 2-9. Blackfoot: Kylar Haddon 15-160-1, Pacen Hayes 2-12-1, James Korth 1-8, Chase Causey 1-8, Camden Chidester 2-9, Austin Capson 3-19.
Receiving — Rigby: Haydn Landon 5-32, Drew Zagula 1-21, Landon Larson 5-36-1, Tyrel Phillips 4-39, Connor Francia 4-74. Blackfoot: Logan Averett 1-3, Matt Peterson 1-26-1, James Korth 3-77-2.
Passing — Rigby: Hayden Livingston 18-26-209-1-1. Blackfoot: Pacen Hayes 5-11-105-3-0.