EAGLE For the first time since 2004, the Borah High football team walked away with a win at Eagles Thunder Stadium.
As free safety Kion Williams wrapped his hands around an Eagle pass with 18.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the crowds reaction ranged from wild cheers to silent disbelief.
Borah quarterback Cole Skinner took a knee, then walked off the field with his teammates to celebrate the Lions 24-21 victory against the previously unbeaten Mustangs.
The Lions and Mustangs had met 12 times before Friday nights game, with Eagle owning a 10-2 series lead.
Borah first beat Eagle 41-35 in overtime on the blue turf of Bronco Stadium in 2003 and added a 22-7 win at Thunder Stadium the following year.
But Friday nights back-and-forth battle finally ended seven years of Borah frustration.
I loved this. Its a hard place to come and win, Borahs Williams said. This was a big win for us.
Borah (5-1) now moves into sole possession of second place in the 5A Southern Idaho Conference behind unbeaten Rocky Mountain (6-0), while Eagle (6-1, 5-1 5A SIC) drops into third place.
Were happy, but we know that the next game is Vallivue and were looking forward to that game, Borah coach Darren Corpus said. Because thats bigger than this game, in reality.
Borahs success Friday started and ended in the hands of Williams. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound junior receiver was the first to score for the Lions, reeling in a 48-yard bullet from Skinner with 4:15 to play in the first quarter.
Williams finished with 188 receiving yards, one touchdown and the game-clinching interception. He now leads the 5A SIC with three interceptions.
I dont think there has been a game where he hasnt done something to contribute, Corpus said. Hes an athlete, he knows where the ball is and he has a nose for the ball, so he makes big plays when he needs to.
Borah senior kicker Jacob Szuch who has verbally committed to play soccer for Oregon State made three field goals spanning the second and third quarters to put the Lions up 16-7.
Eagle responded with a 15-yard touchdown run by Nick Wheeler with 5:03 to go in the third, and then took a 21-16 lead when defensive back Josh Labrador recovered a blocked punt and ran it in 34 yards for the score.
Borahs senior workhorse Hunter Kenyon scored what proved to be the winning TD when he plowed in from 4 yards out with 1:21 remaining in the game.
This is big, but we want to focus on next week now, Kenyon said.