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Football: Other story lines from the 2017 Civil War

By LUKE O’ROARK | Post Register | Loroark@postregister.com
Helicopters, hectic fans, bent field goals … a lot happened during Friday night’s annual Civil War between Hillcrest and Bonneville.

The goal posts were painted red for the fourth-straight year after the Knights caused six turnovers and won 34-13. But that wasn’t all that transpired at Thunder Stadium.

Here’s some other story lines from Friday night’s game:

“RIP 65”

Friday night, every Hillcrest player wrote “RIP 65” on their arm with black sharpie — a tribute to Braydon Pugmire, a Bonneville player who died on July 5. Pugmire was 17.

Hillcrest’s Oakley Hussey said the tribute was spontaneous, but one made out of respect.

“It’s a respect thing,” Hussey said Saturday over the phone. “Growing up, a lot of us played with, or against, Pugmire and so we wanted to show our respect.”

Hussey added that football within eastern Idaho is a “brotherhood.”

“I’ll just say simply: football is family,” Hussey said.

Hussey finished with four catches for 50 yards and one fumble Friday.

Bent goal post

The south end goal post was bent significantly following Friday night after multiple players and fans sat on the bottom crossbar in celebration.

According to multiple reports, replacing a single goal post can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000, including installation costs. Fox Sports reported in 2014 that each goalpost also takes approximately 15-18 hours to make.

It is unclear whether or not a new goal post will be installed at Thunder Stadium, Bonneville athletic director Tyler Johnson said.

Hillcrest athletic director Wendy Johnson added that someone from District 93 will evaluate it and “hopefully fix the issue by Monday evening.”

“We’ll find out more on Monday,” Tyler Johnson said.

Knights climb the goal post after defeating Bonneville 34-13 during the annual Civil War game at Thunder Stadium, Friday, September 08, 2017. (Photo/ John Roark, jroark@postregister.com)

In terms of cost, Wendy Johnson said the two schools would likely split the cost if the district decided not to cover maintenance and installation.

Bonneville junior varsity and freshman football teams are scheduled to play at Thunder Stadium Wednesday.

If, by chance, the goal post is not fixed by then, Wendy Johnson said the teams would most likely swap playing locations.

“Lack of focus”

While Hillcrest (3-0) enjoyed winning its ninth Civil War in a decade, Bonneville (1-2) heads into week four with frustrations and multiple question marks.

Bonneville running back Austin Ford said Bonneville “lacked focus” throughout Friday night, as the Bees turned the ball over six times in their second-consecutive loss.

“I don’t think I wanted to win a game more than that game. I put all my effort into it,” Ford said in a phone interview Saturday. “I haven’t been able to paint those goal posts my entire four years here, and it didn’t hit me until I saw Hillcrest paint those goal posts, that it’s over.”

Ford finished Friday with 153 yards on the ground and two rushing touchdowns on 25 carries.

He said the Bees “were too focused on the big picture” and didn’t execute game plans it had practiced the week leading into the Civil War. He added that Hillcrest has seemingly gelled together, while Bonneville is still looking for continuity.

“We just need to take things one play at a time,” Ford said. “We were worried about painting the goal posts.”

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