HS Football:Challis beats defending champ Raft River


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At Challis, Pete Bradshaw scored three of the Challis High School football team’s four touchdowns Friday in the Vikings’ 29-28 win over defending 1A Division I state champion Raft River.

The Trojans had won 15 consecutive games and 21 of their last 22 entering Friday. Their last loss was in November 2015 to Prairie in the 1A Division I state semifinals.

Last year, Raft River beat Challis 48-6 en route to a 12-0 season. On Friday, Challis extended its win streak to four.

“I’m very proud of those kids,” Challis coach T.T. Cain said. “They bought into the scheme we taught this week. They’re a tough bunch of kids.”

Challis led 21-14 at halftime before Raft River scored 14 unanswered to take a 28-21 lead after three quarters. Cain said those 14 points were touchdowns off Challis turnovers.

Bradshaw caught an 8-yard pass from Ross Sheppeard and Sheppeard ran in the two-point conversion to put Challis up 29-28 late in the fourth quarter. Cain said the last minute and 56 seconds were intense. The Vikings defense took over, forcing a fourth and 20. Challis got the ball back and ran the clock out.

“Defense won that game, no doubt about it,” Cain said.

Bradshaw rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries for three touchdowns and caught one pass for eight yards, Sheppeard completed six of 12 passes for 160 yards, two touchdowns, one interception and rushed for 25 yards on 12 carries and Mitchell Cotant rushed for 44 yards on 15 carries and caught three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.

Challis (4-1, 3-1 conference) plays Friday at Glenns Ferry.


Raft River 6 8 14 0—28

Challis 12 9 0 8—29

Scoring summary

First quarter

CH—Pete Bradshaw 2 run (pass failed)

CH—Bradshaw 56 run (pass failed)

Second quarter

CH—Mitchell Cotant 29 pass from Ross Sheppeard (run failed)

CH—Vetle Ravn 22 yd FG

Fourth quarter

CH—Bradshaw 8 pass from Ross Sheppeard (Sheppeard run)

Individual statistics

RUSHING—Challis: Bradshaw 19-101, Cotant 15-44, Sheppeard 12-25.

PASSING—Challis: Sheppeard 6-12-1 160

RECEIVING—Challis: Mitchell Cotant 3-79, Dustin Stillwaugh 1-41, Kade Bruno 1-32, Bradshaw 1-8.

MINICO 52, BONNEVILLE 41: At Rupert, Bonneville outscored Minico 35-25 in the second half in a barnburner nonconference loss to Minico.

The Bees, who faced a 27-6 halftime deficit off 27 unanswered points from Minico, came within 46-20 through three quarters. They outscored the Spartans 21-6 in the fourth quarter, ending the game with three consecutive touchdowns from Kaleb Coles, Jordan Perez and Dillon Sorensen. The teams combined for 93 points and 14 touchdowns. Two of Minico’s touchdowns were interception returns.

Perez had two of Bonneville’s six touchdowns—a 47-yard pass from Brock Saxton in the first quarter and a 33-yard pass in the fourth quarter.

Bonneville (1-4) plays Highland on Friday at Holt Arena.


Minico 13 14 19 6 — 52

Bonneville 6 0 14 21 — 41

First quarter

B — Jordan Perez 47-yard pass from Brock Saxton (kick failed) 7:05

M — Nicky Caldera 88-yard pass from John Perrigot (McKay Chandler kick) 6:21

M — Caldera 24-yard pass from Perrigot (kick failed) 1:42

Second quarter

M — Tim Miller 7-yard run (Chandler kick) 8:31

M — Caldera 18-yard pass from Perrigot (Chandler kick) 1:10

Third quarter

M — Francisco Paz 45-yard interception return (Chandler kick) 11:22

M — Tyler Manning 48-yard interception return (kick failed) 6:15

B — Brock Saxton 1-yard run (Colman Petersen kick) 4:28

M — Larry Vega 7-yard run (kick failed) 3:25

B — Trey Howell 18-yard pass from Saxton (Petersen kick) 2:08

Fourth quarter

M — Vega 13-yard run (kick failed) 11:54

B — Kaleb Coles 10-yard pass from Saxton (Petersen kick) 7:01

B — Perez 33-yard pass from Saxton (Petersen kick) 3:22

B — Dillon Sorensen 6-yard pass Saxton (Peterson kick) 1:53

RIGBY 39, BLACKFOOT 13: At Blackfoot, Rigby moved to 5-0 with a nonconference win over Blackfoot.

The teams ended the first quarter knotted at 7-7 before trading leads in the second quarter. Blackfoot went up 13-7 before Rigby scored 13 unanswered to take a 20-13 halftime lead. The Trojans shut out the Broncos in the second half. No further details were available by deadline.

Rigby resumes 5A District 5-6 play on Friday by hosting Upper Valley rival Madison.

SHELLEY 34, FILER 0: At Shelley, Brandon McBride scored four of Shelley’s five touchdowns in a shutout nonconference win over Filer.

The junior scored all three of Shelley’s first-quarter touchdowns—all passes from junior quarterback Jake Wray—and the last touchdown of the game in the second quarter. He rushed for 91 yards on four carries and one touchdown and caught four passes for 82 yards and three touchdowns. Wray completed eight of 21 passes for 64 yards and three touchdowns and led Shelley on the ground, piling up 135 yards on 13 carries for a touchdown.

The Russets had 292 rushing yards to Filer’s 39.

Shelley (4-1) host Teton on Friday to begin Mountain Rivers Conference play.


Shelley 20 14 0 0—34

Filer 0 0 0 0—0

First quarter

SH—Brandon McBride 6 pass from Jake Wray (McBride kick)

SH—McBride 21 pass from Wray (McBride kick)

SH—McBride 25 pass from Wray (kick blocked)

Second quarter

SH—Wray 25 run (kick failed)

SH—McBride 75 run (Remington pass from Wray)

Individual statistics

RUSHING—Shelley: Wray 13-135, McBride 4-91, Garrett Murdoch 3-49, Cashe Kantack 10-17; Filer: Jardine 17-24, Sherman 1-(-5), Hughes 11-19, Borrayo 2-1

PASSING—Shelley: Wray 8-21-1 64, Wyatt Remington 1-1 30, McBride 1-1 26;

RECEIVING—Shelley: McBride 4-82, Remington 2-8, Wray 1-26, Kantack 2-4; Filer: Sherman 1-54, Garcia 1-10, Hales 3-27, Barns 2-19

SNAKE RIVER 20, SOUTH FREMONT 18: At St. Anthony, Snake River rallied for a nonconference victory over South Fremont picked up its first win of the season.

The Cougars scored 12 unanswered to begin the game, but the Panthers responded with 20 unanswered to take a 20-12 halftime lead. After a scoreless third quarter by both teams, South Fremont made it a two-point game with a Reece Yancey touchdown in the fourth quarter. A Cade Mortensen interception wrapped up the win for Snake River with four seconds left.

South Fremont coach Chad Hill said Klancy Thomas helped turn the tide for Snake River.

“They hit a big pass play to Klancy Thomas 60 yards or so to set them up for their first touchdown,” Hill said. “The ensuing kickoff was a squib kick. We misplayed it. I thought they outplayed us tonight. They were much more physical.”

South Fremont (3-2) hosts Marsh Valley on Friday to conclude nonconference play while Snake River (1-3) plays Friday at Teton to conclude its nonconference schedule.


South Fremont 12 0 0 6—18

Snake River 6 14 0 0—20

Scoring drives

First quarter

SF—Steven Zundel 35 fumble return for a touchdown (kick no good)

SF—Kyler Yancey 3 run (run failed)

SR—Klancy Thomas 2 pass from Colby Young (kick no good)

Second quarter

SR—Treyton Young 3 run (pass failed)

SR—T. Young 10 run (T. Young run)

Fourth quarter

SF—Reece Yancey 1 run (pass failed)

DECLO 54, TETON 27: At Declo, Teton fell to undefeated and 2A No. 1 ranked Declo in a nonconference loss.

Keegan Duncan led Declo to its fifth consecutive win, surpassing 500 rushing yards on the night and scoring seven touchdowns, per the Twin Falls Times-News. No other details were available by deadline.

Teton (2-3) hosts Snake River on Friday to conclude nonconference play.

FIRTH 46, SALMON 21: At Salmon, Firth came alive in the second quarter and ran away in the second half to begin Nuclear Conference action with a win over Salmon.

The Cougars trailed 7-6 after the first quarter, but took an 18-13 lead at halftime. The second half could not have been more different as the Cougars outscored the Savages 28-15.

Firth coach Keith Drake said the Cougars had some missed assignments in the first half, but buckled down in the second half.

“They ran the ball, got us around the edge, had a reverse that had some pretty good yards,” Drake said. “From there we were able to get their assignments made and line them better.”

Remington Chapman rushed for 155 yards on 18 carries for two touchdowns while Victor Burkhart rushed for 153 yards on 13 carries for one touchdown. Gunner Vasquez completed five of nine passes for 67 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions and rushed for three yards on seven carries. Colton Mecham led Firth in receiving, catching three passes for 64 yards and two touchdowns.

Firth (3-2, 1-0 Nuclear Conference) has a bye next week.

SHO-BAN AT MACKAY CANCELED: Friday’s conference game between Sho-Ban was canceled, per IdahoSports.com’s Matt Harris. Harris shared on Twitter that Sho-Ban coach Andrew Baldwin told him that the game was canceled due to “internal team issues” and the Chiefs are going to try to reschedule the game with the Miners.

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