A Wild Game at Rocky Mountain
When I found out there will multiple games occurring on Thursday night, I
tried to plan out how many games I could attend without driving clear
across the city. When I saw the layout, I knew I wanted to catch the
beginning of the Vallivue @ Eagle game to see if the Falcons could hang
with the Mustangs before Eagle put them away and then I wanted to travel
over to Rocky Mountain for the 2nd half because I thought it would be a
As luck had it, I turned out to be right last
night. Vallivue put a scare in the Mustangs with two early touchdowns
including a 70 yard TD strike from Jamari Rogers to Lane Sale to put the
score at 21-12, but that's as close as the Falcons would get. Tanner
Mangum connected on a 4th and 17 pass to Marc Cooper for a 29 yard
touchdown to put the game out of reach in the 2nd quarter and the
Mustangs dominated in the 2nd half for a 50-12 win. They improved to
6-0 in SIC play and will get ready for a big Thursday night showdown at
Bronco Stadium next week when they take on the Borah Lions.
Capital @ Rocky Mountain game lived up to the billing and was one of the
most entertaining halves of football I have watched this year. Rocky
was down 14-3 at the break and came out with a touchdown drive that took
up over half of the 3rd quarter to cut the Grizzlies deficit to 14-10.
The teams went back and forth on their next possession, but the biggest
play of the game was when the Eagles special teams came through in the
clutch. Jacob Adams recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to give
Capital a 21-10 lead.
After Rocky scored and missed a two point
conversion the game was 21-16 in the 4th quarter. The teams exchanged
touchdowns before Capital had an opportunity to put the game away late
in the 4th quarter. Denis Popudnik had a fantastic game with over 90
yards rushing, but fumbled the ball on the Grizzlies 2 yard line with
less than 3 minutes remaining. That gave Rocky an opportunity to go
down the field and win the game, but the Capital defense held strong for
the 28-23 win.
Other games from the night were Meridian beating
Centennial in what coach Kip Crofts called a "sloppy" game 24-12 and
Mountain View stayed in sole possession of 2nd place in the SIC with a
30-6 win over Boise High.
Borah looks to remain tied for 3rd in
the 5A SIC tonight with a game against Timberline at Bronco Stadium.
Kickoff is set for 7.