For a night, at least, the Eagle High football team can rest.
The Mustangs made certain they have a place in the 5A state playoffs after beating Timberline 29-27 on Thursday night at Dona Larsen Park.
Now Eagle awaits the outcome of Fridays game between Borah and Rocky Mountain to find out precisely where it finishes in the 5A Southern Idaho Conferences regular-season standings.
If Rocky Mountain wins, Eagle will claim the regular-season crown and the districts No. 1 seed in the state playoffs. A Borah win drops the Mustangs into the second-place slot.
We are fortunate. Timberline played a great ball game, Eagle coach Paul Peterson said. I am so proud of the resiliency and the composure that my team showed tonight through a lot of bizarre and tough situations.
Senior Austin Diffey put the Mustangs on his back for much of the game. The four-year letterman accounted for all of Eagles touchdowns, finishing with 139 receiving yards and three touchdowns while adding 70 rushing yards and another TD.
We had to come in here and get a win to be able to go to the playoffs, Diffey said. We told the team before the game this is our last chance. We either win and go on or we lose and were done.
After last weeks loss to Mountain View, Eagles playoff hopes could have been put in jeopardy with a loss to Timberline, but by beating the Wolves, the Mustangs ended the threat.
Despite already being eliminated from the playoffs, Timberline did its best to upend the Mustangs.
The Wolves led 14-7 in the third quarter and trailed just 21-20 early in the fourth.