For the Blackfoot Broncos Friday’s 4A state championship football game was an offensive clinic as the men in green racked up a state record 548 yards of offense. They never punted in a game in which they dominated from start to finish for a resounding 48-19 victory over the Vikings of Middleton.
“Wow, we looked like an NFL offense out there tonight,” Blackfoot coach Stan Buck said. “We came out and accomplished everything that we wanted to do and our playmakers stepped up and made plays.”
Middleton received the opening kickoff and, with their double wing offense, marched down the field before stalling on the Blackfoot 10-yard line, settling for a 27-yard field goal.
Field goals were not going to get the job done on Friday, however, because the Blackfoot offense was revved up and ready to roll right from the opening snap. The Broncos marched 80 yards on just five plays to take the lead for good as Colby Pearson reeled in a 33-yard touchdown strike from Alonzo Ramos.
“We came out and wanted to establish the run game and keep both dimensions of our offense going. We knew that they could put up some points but we were able to score on nearly every offensive possession which was big,” Pearson said. “We came fired up. A state championship game and we came out more fired up than any other game that I can remember. I’m just so proud of my guys. This one feels pretty good. My last game as a Bronco and the blond hair seemed to work. Hopefully next year they will keep it rolling.”
The Blackfoot defense then stuffed the Vikings' rushing attack, forcing a punt. Minutes later, Ramos sprinted through the middle of the Middleton defense for a 7-yard touchdown run and a 14-3 lead.
Blackfoot extended that lead to 20-3 with a Mitch Martin 3-yard plunge across the goal line late in the first half, sending the Blackfoot faithful into a frenzy as the two teams headed to the locker room for the half.
“We picked it up and played pretty good defense,” Buck said. “Happy with the effort and the balance that we had tonight.”
Smelling their fourth state championship in six years, the Broncos came out of the break on fire as they turned to the ground game once again for a Martin touchdown and then a Kyler Haddon 33-yard rumble to paydirt to take a commanding 34-3 lead midway through the third quarter.
Haddon finished the evening with 113 yards rushing on just 8 carries as the offensive line created huge hole after huge hole for the Bronco running backs.
Blackfoot tallied two more scores in the fourth quarter as Ramos, who finished the evening with 237 yards passing, hit Cody Averett on an 8-yard touchdown strike and then Dallas Thompson capped the Bronco scoring with an 11-yard run to the endzone with 5:21 remaining in the contest.
“Everything paid off, last year I had the injury and I never thought that my knee would be the same but I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a little kid and it just finally paid off,” Ramos said. “I knew that our offense was going to come out and dominate like we always do and our defense came out and dominated as well. We just played a magnificent game and I give it out to all the players.”
Blackfoot finished the season with a most impressive 11-1 record and will go down as the school's first back-to-back state champions.
BLACKFOOT 48, MIDDLETON 19
Blackfoot 14 6 14 14 – 48
Middleton 3 0 8 8 – 19
M – Tylan Tullock 27 FG, 6:42
B – Colby Pearson 33 pass from Alonzo Ramos (Gabby Botello kick), 4:39
B – Alonzo Ramos 7 run (Botello kick), 1:15
B – Mitch Martin 3 run (kick failed), 1:34
B – Mitch Martin 1 run (Ryan Murdoch pass), 9:49
B – Kyler Haddon 33 run (kick failed), 7:25
M – Luke Hildebrandt 13 run (Victor Dias run), 0:48
B – Cody Averett 8 pass from Alonzo Ramos (Botello kick), 9:24
B – Dallas Thompson 11 run (Botello kick), 5:21
M – Victor Dias 6 run (Dias run), 1:08
RUSHING: Blackfoot – Kyler Haddon 8-113, Dallas Thompson 12-97, Mitch Martin 4-9, Alonzo Ramos 9-81, Colby Pearson 1-16. Middleton – Victor Dias 25-158, Jake Skinner 6-46, Max Foote 14-70, Michael Carr 4-15, Skyler Ellsworth 2-4, Luke Hildebrandt 3-17.
PASSING: Blackfoot – Alonzo Ramos 10-14-0 237. Middleton – Jake Skinner 2-11-2 20, Victor Dias 0-2-0 0.
RECEIVING: Blackfoot – Colby Pearson 3-138, Austin Campbell 2-37, Ryan Murdoch 1-18, Cody Averett 2-29, Cody Evans 2-28. Middleton – Max Foote 1-10, Payton AhYou 1-10.