BLACKFOOT 27, SKYLINE 20
Blackfoot scored midway through the fourth quarter to break a 20-20 tie and win its fourth game in a row, 27-20 over Skyline at Ravsten Stadium in Idaho Falls.
On the deciding possession, which came right after Skyline tied the game, Teegan Thomas broke off a big run to get the Broncos in the red zone. Reece Robinson finished the drive, catching a touchdown pass from Craig Young.
“They came back and tied it up, so it was important the we make some plays,” Blackfoot coach Stan Buck said. “We had fumbled the previous possession, so it was important to get the momentum back.”
Blackfoot then recovered a fumble on the ensuing Skyline possession and ran out the clock for the victory.
“At times we ran the ball pretty well, so the offensive line did a nice job,” Buck said. “We’re happy to be where we’re at. The kids fought hard, it was a well-fought game, and it puts us in a good situation with our conference.”
Thomas rushed 36 times for 263 yards and Robinson made four grabs for 107 yards.
Blackfoot (5-1, 3-0 4A District6) hosts Madison next week.
THUNDER RIDGE 2, HIGHLAND 0
Highland was shut out 2-0 at Thunder Ridge on Thursday.
No other information was available.
Highland (4-7, 1-4 5A District 5-6) hosts Rigby on senior day Tuesday.
MARSH VALLEY 3, SNAKE RIVER 0
Snake River lost 3-0 against Marsh Valley on Thursday at home.
The Panthers were down 2-0 at halftime.
“The team didn’t show up,” Panthers coach Jose Carranza said. “We can’t blame anybody else but ourselves, and we have to keep going.”
Snake River (6-7-2, 2-2-1 3A District 5) hosts American Falls on Saturday. Marsh Valley (3-8, 1-3 3A District 5) hosts Sugar-Salem on senior day Saturday.
MARSH VALLEY 12, SNAKE RIVER 0
Marsh Valley ran over Snake River, beating the Panthers 12-0 Thursday at Snake River.
It was 4-0 at halftime and got more one-sided from there.
“It was a rough game, but we’re looking forward towards districts and hoping to peak there,” Snake River coach Becky Young said.
Snake River (2-12, 1-7 3A District 5) starts the district tournament on Tuesday. Marsh Valley (11-2-1, 7-0-1 3A District 5) hosts Sugar-Salem on Saturday.
ABERDEEN 2, MALAD 1
Aberdeen squeaked by Malad 2-1 on the road Thursday.
No other information was available.
Malad (6-5-1, 2-5-1 3A District 5) hosts Firth on senior day Saturday. Aberdeen (5-6-1, 3-5 3A District 5) next plays in the 3A District 5 tournament.
BURLEY 3, POCATELLO 0
Pocatello got closer as the match went on, but couldn’t take a set off Burley on the road Thursday, losing 19-25, 21-25, 23-25.
Calysta McCurdy led the Indians with 11 kills and one block. Madison Wilkes had 20 assists and four aces, and Aaliyah Murdoch led the defense with 15 digs.
Pocatello (8-5 4A District 4-5) plays at Jerome on Tuesday.
BLACKFOOT 3, SHELLEY 1
Blackfoot got a 2-0 lead and beat Shelley 3-1 at home Thursday.
Alisha Nebeker highlighted the play of Elliott Wehrle, saying, “she did a really great job tonight. She stepped up and was consistent in keeping the ball in on the other side, getting kills and keeping the ball in play.”
Blackfoot (12-11, 3-3 4A District 6) hosts Bonneville on Tuesday.
MARSH VALLEY 3, AMERICAN FALLS 0
Marsh Valley volleyball swept American Falls at home, winning 25-23, 25-17, 25-19.
Marissa Fraser had six kills and eight digs for the Eagles. JoHanna Fisher added four kills and nine digs, and Whitney Ketner led Marsh Valley with 12 digs.
“They had some amazing plays that they didn’t give up on and fought for the ball and I was pretty proud of them for that,” Marsh Valley coach Kimberly Call said. “It was a good win.”
Marsh Valley (6-11, 1-0 3A District 5) plays in the Malad tournament Friday and Saturday. American Falls (6-9, 0-2 3A District 5) travels to Snake River next Thursday.
SOUTH FREMONT 3, SNAKE RIVER 1
Snake River took the first set but then dropped three straight to lose to South Fremont at home Thursday, 25-23, 19-25, 15-25, 20-25.
Olivia Kracl had 14 kills and three blocks for Snake River. Abby Gilbert chipped in with 16 assists and two aces, and Lillie Bouse had 31 digs and matched Gilbert with two aces. Jayda Ward led the Panthers with five blocks.
“We started missing some serves,” Snake River coach Shaunee Martin said. “We’re a little bit young on the court, and we made too many mistakes in a row. You can’t do that. We didn’t take care of the ball, and just made little mental mistakes. Those are things we can fix.”
Snake River (2-5) plays in the Malad tournament Friday and Saturday.
SODA SPRINGS 3, ABERDEEN 0
Soda Springs got a road sweep at Aberdeen, beating the Tigers 25-9, 25-19, 25-13.
“We were a lot more disciplined in our passing and serving,” Soda Springs coach Shawnae Somsen said.
Jorianne Balls amassed 18 digs and 10 kills, and Cooper Evans added 23 assists for Soda Springs (8-2, 3-2 2A District 5), which hosts Malad on Wednesday. Aberdeen hosts West Side next Thursday.
BEAR LAKE 3, WEST SIDE 0
Bear Lake got a comfortable home win Thursday, sweeping West Side 25-15, 25-18, 25-8.
Chelsea Gundersen had 15 kills for the Bears, and Elisabeth McDowell added 20 digs.
“We were just being aggressive, and our serve-receive was awesome too,” Bear Lake coach Wendy Parker said. “It has been the last few games, so that’s helped us.”
Bear Lake (4-1 2A District 5) hosts Aberdeen on Wednesday. West Side (6-10) plays in the Malad tournament Friday and Sunday.
ROCKLAND 3, LEADORE 0
ROCKLAND 3, SHO-BAN 0
Rockland handled Leadore and Sho-Ban at Leadore on Thursday, winning both matches in sweeps.
The Bulldogs beat Leadore 25-18, 25-23, 25-16 and then Sho-Ban 25-3, 25-10, 25-6.
“We played well tonight,” Rockland coach Shalissa Tomkinson said. “We had lots of good opportunities to get in some of the girls who don’t play as much.”
Rockland (15-2, 9-1 1A DII District 5-6) plays Richfield on Wednesday. Sho-Ban hosts Leadore and North Gem Saturday.
THURSDAY'S BOX SCORE
BLACKFOOT 27, SKYLINE 20
Blackfoot 14 6 0 7 — 27
Skyline 0 7 7 6 — 20
B - Reece Robinson 84 pass from Craig Young (Dominguez Sanchez kick), 9:29
B - Brayden Wright 19 pass from Young (Sanchez kick), 2:42
S - Luke Ruiz 4 run (Chris Cortez kick), 11:54
B - Thomas 39 pass from Young (kick fail), 8:05
S - Connor Maloney 71 pass from Cruz Taylor (Cortez kick), 8:46
S - Maloney 25 pass from Taylor (kick blocked), 7:33
B - Robinson 10 pass from Young (Sanchez kick), 6:12
RUSHING: Blackfoot, Thomas 36-263, Robinson 5-34, Young 1-2. Skyline, Maloney 2-5, Eli Ames 5-15, Taylor 9-58, Ruiz 10-67.
PASSING: Blackfoot, Young 11-16-215-0. Skyline, Taylor 13-23-178-1.
RECEIVING: Blackfoot, Robinson 4-107, Wright 3-39, Thomas 1-39, Kameron Lawes 3-30. Skyline, Jace Eames 4-41, Ames 3-16, Maloney 5-129, Ruiz 1-3.