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Ririe snaps 10-game skid; Aug. 28 3A/2A/1A football roundup

At Ririe, the Bulldogs edged visiting Star Valley 8-7 on Friday to snap a 10-game losing streak.

The game could not have been more different than last year’s meeting between the teams on opening night, which Star Valley took 45-42 in overtime.

First-year coach Jim Newton said the Bulldogs were elated upon moving into the win column.

“This place erupted and that’s good to see,” Newton said. “(The clock) hit zero and there was visible eruption going on. On the field, off the field, the stands and everything.”

The game remained scoreless at halftime before Star Valley broke the defensive slugfest with a third-quarter touchdown and extra point. The collective efforts of Zane Zeller, Kobe Nelson, Carter Smith, Kobe Nelson and Staten Torgerson sent Ririe on a 99-yard drive in the fourth quarter that resulted in a 6-yard touchdown pass from Smith to Zeller. Nelson ran in the eventual game-winning two-point conversion.

“That shows the perseverance these kids had,” Newton said.

Nelson led Ririe’s rushing efforts, accumulating 80 yards on 15 carries while Zeller rushed for 51 yards on 11 carries for Ririe (1-0), which plays Friday at Malad.

SUGAR-SALEM 26, DECLO 16: At Rexburg, Sugar-Salem got its ground game going in a big way in the opener, piling up more than 300 yards in a nonconference victory over Declo at BYU-Idaho Stadium.

Derek Ostermiller led the way, rushing for 147 yards on 24 carries. Quarterback Ethan Arnold added 121 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, while back Camry Ingram chipped in 57 yards on 11 carries.

Arnold had a 68-yard rushing touchdown and a 30-yard interception return for a score, while Zach Belnap sacked Declo quarterback Calvin Miles for a safety in the fourth quarter.

The Diggers (1-0) play at Bear Lake on Friday.

Declo 0 8 0 8 — 16
Sugar-Salem 14 7 3 2 — 26
First quarter
SS — Ethan Arnold 68 run (Jacob Baggett kick)
SS — Arnold 30 interception return (Baggett kick)
Second quarter
Dec — Ezra Bailey 20 pass from Calvin Miles (Kollin Carpenter run)
SS — unavailable
Third quarter
SS — Baggett 30 field goal
Fourth quarter
Dec — Braxton Webb 60 pass from Miles (Miles pass to Bailey)
SS — Zach Belnap sack Miles for safety

RUSHING — Declo: Tyler Matthews 11-41, Braxton Webb 9-59, Calvin Miles 7-(-23), Ezra Bailey 1-2, Hunter Olsen 1-2, Kollin Carpenter 1-1. Sugar-Salem: Derek Ostermiller 24-147, Ethan Arnold 11-121, Camry Ingram 11-57, Jaron Rose 2-4, Colby Ingram 2-2, Trayjen Miller 1-8.
PASSING — Declo: Miles 9-18-1 204. Sugar-Salem: Arnold 3-3-0 42
RECEIVING — Declo: Bailey 6-109, Webb 2-65, Keegan Duncan 1-30. Sugar-Salem: Colby Ingram 2-20, Camry Ingram 1-22.

TETON 21, JACKSON (WYO.) 20: At Jackson, Wyo., Teton held off a final rally from Jackson to open the 2015 season with a nonconference win.

Jackson scored twice in the final four minutes to make it 21-20, attempted an onside kick and Teton’s defensive line sealed the win.

“It got interesting,” Teton coach Brody Birch said. “Our defense rose to the challenge.”

Derek Birch ran in a 8-yard touchdown to give Teton a 7-0 at halftime and Freeman McCashland made it 14-0 with a one-yard run early in the third quarter.

Jackson ran in a touchdown to cut the deficit in half before the quarter ended, but the extra point failed. The Broncos followed that up with a passing touchdown to start the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to 14-12. Teton responded with a 63 yard pass from McCashland to Justin Wade, but Jackson made it a one-point game with a passing touchdown.

Coach Birch said Derek Birch led the Redskins in rushing and the offensive line played an outstanding game.

Teton (1-0) has a bye week next week.

SNAKE RIVER 48, SOUTH FREMONT 33: At St. Anthony, Snake River built a big early lead and then held off South Fremont’s second-half surge to earn a nonconference win.

“We thought we had chances,” South Fremont coach Chad Hill said. “We closed the gap a little bit, but then (Snake River) would pull away again.”

Hill said the team was shorthanded through injury and eligibility issues, and had just 16 healthy players at the end. But he praised the play of first-year quarterback Cody Tucker and junior wide receiver Blake Bartschi.

“(Tucker) settled in and played well,” Hill said. “He ran the ball well, scrambled and did a good job of getting out of the pocket. And he and Blake had a good connection.”

South Fremont (0-1) plays at West Jefferson on Friday while Snake River (1-0) plays at Shelley the same night.

WEST JEFFERSON 34, SODA SPRINGS 0: At Soda Springs, a strong running game led West Jefferson to a shutout nonconference win over the Cardinals for the second year in a row.

James Burtenshaw (190 yards and two TDs on 20 carries) and Phillip Lundholm (160 yards on 20 carries) led the rushing effort in the season opener, which the Panthers led 21-0 at halftime. Burtenshaw also caught a 15-yard pass from Ridge Pancheri (1 of 2 completions).

“I didn’t know what to expect from Soda with a new coach,” second-year West Jefferson coach Jason Taylor said. “Soda’s really improved over the last year. Our kids dug in and were able to do what it is we wanted to do every time, which is run the ball and move the chains.”

Braxton Ramirez rushed for 101 yards on six carries and Zane Mecham rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown on six carries for the Panthers (1-0), who host South Fremont on Friday.

WEST SIDE 8, FIRTH 0: At Dayton, defending 2A state champion West Side scored the game’s lone touchdown in the first quarter to hand Firth a season opening nonconference loss.

Fifth-year Firth coach Keith Drake said he had several athletes playing new positions, and the same was true for West Side.

“We’ve played each other so many times in the last five years,” Drake said. “It’s an early season game. You always hope you’re gonna perform at a high level.”

Dylan Holley led Firth in rushing with 61 yards on 10 carries while quarterback Brodie Cate ran for 21 yards on 11 carries and Clay Elkington rushed for 24 yards on seven carries. Cate completed three of 14 passes for 75 yards. Mason Giles led the Cougars in receiving, catching one pass for 48 yards.

Firth (0-1) hosts Soda Springs on Friday.

Firth 0 0 0 0 — 0
West Side 8 0 0 0 — 8
Scoring summary
First Quarter
WS — Shayler Thain 21 run (Peyton Brown run), :20.0.
RUSHING — Firth: Brodie Cate 11-21, Clay Elkington 7-24, Lucus Orme 5-18, Dylan Holley 10-51, Damon Folkman 1-(-1), Jared Andersen 1-4. West Side: Shayler Thain 10-60, Tate Buttars 4-0, Riley Long 6-12, Peyton Brown 8-(-4), Branson Hatch 10-45, Marcus Turnbow 3-4.
PASSING — Firth: Cate 3-14-2 75. West Side: Brown 12-18-0 134
RECEIVING — Firth: Connor Burkhart 2-31, Holley 1-9, Mason Giles 1-48. West Side: Jonny Mott 1-16, Josh King 4-44, Long 3-27, Brayden Crouch 2-24, Hatch 1-15, Turnbow 1-8.

HAMILTON 34, SALMON 7: At Hamilton, Mont., Bridger Bauder proved to be too much for Salmon in a nonconference road loss to Hamilton.

Bauder scored three of Hamilton’s five touchdowns, running in two and catching an 80-yard pass from Bret Huxtable. The Broncs led Salmon 20-0 at halftime. Salmon scored its lone touchdown in the third quarter.

No additional information was available by press time.

Salmon (0-1) has a bye week next week.

CAREY 32, CHALLIS 14: At Challis, Carey handled the Vikings for an 18-point nonconference win in Friday’s season opener.

Challis’ Tristan Stillwaugh complete six passes, all to Zane Corrigan, on 11 attempts for 98 yards and two touchdowns. The touchdown passes were 20 and 50 yards long.

But Challis (from class 1A Division I) also gave up several big plays to Carey (1A Division II), which finished 9-2 last season.

“Kids kinda beat themselves with long plays against us,” Challis coach T.T. Cain said. “For a young team and a new offense, we did pretty well.”

Challis hosts Raft River next Friday at 7 p.m.

Carey 16 8 8 0 — 32
Challis 8 6 0 0 — 14
First quarter
CH — Zane Corrigan 20-yard pass from Tristan Stillwaugh (Corrigan pass from Stillwaugh)
Second quarter
CH — Corrigan 50-yard pass from Stillwaugh (failed run)
RUSHING — CH: Stillwaugh 8-67, Pete Bradshaw 8-48, Austin Cutler 4-22, Justin Remtelski 1-11, Jack Penniger 1-3.
PASSING — Ch: Stillwaugh 6-11-0-98
RECEIVING: Ch: Corrigan 6-98.

BUTTE COUNTY 35, WATERSPRINGS 14: At Arco, senior running backs Zac Harrell and Jeremie Hjelm led Butte County’s rushing efforts and combined for four touchdowns in a nonconference win over Watersprings.

Harrell had 128 yards and two touchdowns on two carries while Hjelm rushed for 82 yards and two touchdowns on three carries for the Pirates, who led 35-0 at halftime and sent their JV team out in the second half.

“Watersprings only played with eight players,” Butte County coach Sam Thorngren said. “They’re a pretty scrappy bunch. Our line did well executing in the first half.”

Thorngren also praised the defensive efforts of Brett Waymire, who had six tackles and an interception to accompany his 16 rushing yards on three carries. Matt Isham, who rushed for 90 yards on three carries, scored late in the second quarter for the Pirates (1-0), who have a bye week next week.

Kyson Poletti ran in an 18 yard touchdown and two-point conversion for Watersprings in the third quarter and Mark Mathison ran in a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“It was good for us to play Butte County,” Watersprings coach John Yadon said. “Offensively, I was pleased with how we moved the ball.”

Mathison led Watersprings in rushing with 140 yards on 25 carries while Poletti ran for 42 yards on 11 carries. Mathison also completed five of 12 passes for 81 yards and an interception for Watersprings (0-1), which plays Friday at Dietrich.

Watersprings 0 0 8 6—14
Butte County 14 21 0 0—35
First quarter
BC-Zac Harrell 61 run (Cougar Coburn kick good)
BC—Jeremie Hjelm 57 run (Coburn kick good)
Second quarter
BC—Harrell 67 run (Coburn kick good)
BC—Hjelm 21 run (Coburn kick good)
BC—Matt Isham 78 run (Coburn kick good)
Third quarter
W—Poletti 18 run (Poletti run)
Fourth quarter
W—Mathison 1 run (pass to Mark Mathison failed)

PASSING— Watersprings: Mathison 5-12-1 81. BC: no passing stats.
RECEIVING— Watersprings: Kyson Poletti 3-59, Nathaniel Marlin 2-22. BC: no receiving stats.
RUSHING—Watersprings: Mark Mathison 25-140 (TD), Kyson Poletti 11-42 (1 TD),Nathaniel Marlin 11-39. BC: M. Isham 3-90, Hjelm 3-82, Brett Waymire 3-16, Harrell 2-128, Christian King 2-3, Bryant Webb 5-13, Landon Gamett 1-(-3)

CLARK COUNTY 48, RICHFIELD 8: At Richfield, Clark County dominated for a 40-point season-opening win Friday.

“Very pleased tonight,” Clark County coach Greg Shenton said. “We had a couple turnovers, a couple mental errors, but I thought we played very solid for the first game.”

Clark’s Tresten Eddins ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, and he caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Jake Mickelsen. Carter Eddins rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown, while Landon May and Connor Grover threw 30-plus-yard touchdown passes to each other.

Clark County hosts Butte County next Friday at 7 p.m.

Clark County 14 6 14 14 — 48
Richfield 0 0 0 8 — 8
First quarter
CC — Tresten Eddins 70-yard run (PAT no good)
CC — Connor Grover 35-yard pass from Landon May (Payton Shenton run)
Second quarter
CC — Tresten Eddins 7-yard run (run failed)
Third quarter
CC — May 27-yard pass from Grover (Carter Eddins run)
CC — T. Eddins 30-yard catch from Jake Mickelsen (run failed)
Fourth quarter
R — 80-yard kickoff return (pass)
CC — Mickelsen 15-yard run (Matthew Murdock run)
CC — C. Eddins 20-yard run (run failed)

RUSHING — CC: T. Eddins 18-162, C. Eddins 11-89, Grover 5-71, Shenton 6-38, Murdock 3-12, Kobe Korrel 1-8, Mickelsen 2-5.
PASSING — May 1-1-0-35, Grover 2-5-0-32, Mickelsen 1-2-0-30
RECEIVING — Grover 1-35, May 2-32, T. Eddins 1-30.

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