Snake River gets win over Star Valley

THOMAS โ€” Quarterback Kade Keller scored on a pair of 7-yard runs and Brad Coombs had a 1-yard plunge as Snake River defeated Star Valley, Wyo., 22-19 in non-conference football on Friday.
Keller's second score came with 11:31 left in the fourth quarter. The Panther defense, led by Coombs, held off the Braves fourth times thereafter.
"Star Valley has had our number the last couple of years," said Panther coach Jeff Dalley. "Early on tonight we got some turnovers and had some momentum."
The Panther win broke a three-game win streak for the Braves in the series.
After two empty series in the first quarter, the Panthers (2-0) made a 29-yard march after Damon Dance set them up with a long interception return.
Keller passed 27 yards to Kade Harral to set up Coombs. Harral then added the two-point conversion.
Bryan Burton responded with an 85-yard kickoff return, but the Braves' two-point conversion attempt failed.
Snake River got a short field midway through the second quarter when the Braves (0-1) failed on a fake punt play.
Keller passed 30 yards before going the final 7 yards himself.
Star Valley responded to that score when Jesse Sanders returned an interception 80 yards. Damon Dance knocked down the Braves' two-point conversion pass attempt.
Star Valley marched 75 yards in 7 plays to open the third quarter. Garrett Gray got the touchdown on a 2-yard run, but again the Braves failed on their two-point conversion, leaving them with a 19-15 lead.
After the teams traded punts, the Panthers drove 50 yards in 3 plays with Keller passing 30 yards to Collin Bingham and 13 to Cole Hrabik before going the final 7 himself. Oliver Rasmussen's kick provided the final point of the night.
Star Valley's Dayne Abrams missed a 36-yard field goal attempt with about 5 minutes left.
Dakota Gilbert fell on a Star Valley fumble to thwart a drive which had reached the Panther 20-yard line before Snake River's defense stiffened. The Panthers got some help when the Braves fumbled to open their final series.
Coombs was in on numerous tackles to lead the defense.
"Brad is a leader on that defense," said Dalley. "He's been playing there since his freshman year. He's waited for this opportunity and made the most of it tonight.
"I'm happy with our kids and the way we played," Dalley said. "I hope we can keep moving forward."
The Panthers will entertain Sugar-Salem on Sept. 13.

Star Valley 6 7 6 0 โ€” 19
Snake River 8 7 0 7 โ€” 22
First quarter
SR-Coombs 1 run (Harral run)
SV-Burton 85 kickoff return (pass failed)
Second quarter
SR-Keller 7 run (Rasmussen kick)
SV-Sanders 80 interception return)
Third quarter
SV-Gray 2 run (run failed)
Fourth quarter
SR-Keller 7 run (Rasmussen kick)