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Livingston leads Rigby to 33-7 win over Century

RIGBY — It took three plays for Rigby High School quarterback Hayden Livingston to leave his imprint on Friday’s game.

On third down and 5 against Century, Livingston ran a read-option play with running back Matt Anderson. He faked a handoff, rushed left and got a big block from wide receiver Bo Byington.

All Century could do was watch Livingston’s back, which looked smaller and smaller with each stride.
The Diamondbacks saw the back of Livingston’s jersey several times during their 33-7 4A District 5-6 loss to the Trojans Friday night at Rigby High School. The senior accounted for all five Rigby touchdowns.

“Myself and the team, we did some good things and we did some things we need to clean up,” Livingston said. “We achieved our goal — 1-0 in conference — and we’re looking forward to getting back at it on Monday.”

On the third play of the game, Livingston ran 75 yards to put Rigby up 6-0. Two series later, he ran for an 8-yard touchdown. Two series after that, on the first play from scrimmage, Livingston ran down the right sideline for a 77-yard touchdown.

Livingston’s speed and shiftiness illustrated why several FCS college teams have recruited him. He’s a dual threat quarterback with a strong arm.

Livingston’s arm wasn’t perfect Friday, however. He threw for 128 yards and two touchdowns, but only completed 5 of 13 passes. While drops contributed to multiple incompletions, he missed open receivers. The most blatant example came in the third quarter, on 4th and 3 from Century’s 21 yard-line. Tight end Braden Perrenoud was wide open in the end zone, but Livingston found him late and threw well over his head.

But nit-picking Livingston’s performance is like slamming the Beatles for “Revolution Number 9.” The good far outweighed the bad.

The same could be said for Rigby’s defense. It gave up 220 passing yards to Chris Heston, and Century found the red zone four times. But in three of those situations, the Trojans stuffed Century on fourth and goal from the 1, forced an interception and recovered a fumble.

“I’d rather have gotten pummelled and not crossed the 50 than not be able to punch it in,” Century coach Travis Hobson said. “That’s about as bad as it gets.”

Hobson had a 30-5 record in his three years at Shelley prior to taking the coaching job at Century this year. Suffice it to say, he’s not used to losing.

“You can’t print what’s on my mind,” Hobson said with a laugh.

Hobson also wasn’t happy to play a fellow 4A District 5-6 opponent in the season-opener.

“I won’t do this again. I’ll throw an absolute fit,” Hobson said. “You want to have a games to warm up, especially with a new coach, new system.”

Rigby, of course, is not complaining about this one. It helps to have an elite quarterback on its sideline.

The Trojans play at Idaho Falls next Thursday.

RIGBY 33, CENTURY 7
Century 0 0 0 7 — 7
Rigby 20 7 6 0 — 33
First quarter
R — Hayden Livingston 75-yard run (Kyler Buckway PAT no good) 10:57
R — Livingston 8-yard run (Buckway PAT) 5:54
R — Livingston 77-yard run (Buckway PAT) 3:40
Second quarter
R — Buckway 21-yard pass from Livingston (Buckway PAT) 6:58
Third quarter
R — Travis Bichsel 45-yard pass from Livingston (Buckway PAT no good) 0:57
Fourth quarter
C — Bridger Gunter 14-yard pass from Chris Hanson (Hanson PAT) 5:31
INDIVIDUAL STATS
RUSHING — Century: Alex Dahlquist 3-21, Tristan Kayembe 12-16, Dallin Blaser 1-1, Hanson 6-5, Griffin Joseph 2-(-9). Rigby: Livingston 5-180, Matt Anderson 14-79, Buckway 1-31, Josh Gardner 4-19, Solo Taylor 2-16, Bichsel 2-15, Byington 2-12, Tristan Gilbert 3-8, Robbie Larson 1-6, Michael Kinsy 2-2.
PASSING — Century: Hanson 20-38-1-220. Rigby: Livingston 5-13-0-128, Gilbert 1-3-0-6.
RECEIVING — Century: Blaser 6-82, Gunter 4-65, Rhett Fackrell 5-44, Jesse Mitchell 3-17, Griffin Joseph 2-12. Rigby: Bichsel 2-52, Cody Heath 1-34, Buckway 1-21, Anderson 1-20, Kinsy 1-6.

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