After the sun set on Fridays 5A Southern Idaho Conference football games, four teams were left in a tie for first place heading into the final week of the regular season.
And after a disputed call on Borahs two-point conversion attempt in the final minute of the game, Capital walked away with a 35-34 victory at Dona Larsen Park and a spot in the state playoffs.
The leagues four playoff spots are dependent on what happens next week. Mountain View which beat Eagle on Friday night could get into the mix if Eagle loses to Timberline, but the Mavericks can't win head-to-head tiebreakers with Rocky Mountain, Borah or Capital.
It was tough. It was hard-fought, Capital coach Todd Simis said. What a high school football game. I am really proud of our guys for responding every time we got down.
Capital took a 35-28 lead with 1 minute, 33 seconds to go in the fourth quarter, and Borah responded with a fast and furious drive that ate up 73 yards in five plays, culminating with junior quarterback Cole Skinners 11-yard touchdown pass to Justin Coburn.
The Lions opted to go for the two-point conversion and the victory. Skinners pass to Montana Bilger in the end zone was ruled incomplete, sending both sides of the stadium into an uproar.
It is not the responsibility of one person to take a game away from young men that have worked so hard to get to that point, Borah coach Darren Corpus said. Weve got pictures, we know that was a catch. We do.
Said Simis, Borah played a great game and I would expect coach Corpus to defend their players, but I was proud of our young man (Jacob Miller) for fighting to rip the ball out through the whistle. It was a very tough call.
The neck-and-neck contest featured ties at 7-7, 14-14, 21-21 and 28-28.
In this conference, you are playing an impressive team week to week, Capital quarterback Makena Simis said. It really takes you staying in there mentally and youve got to prepare as best you can every week. If you dont, youre going to lose the football game.