MERIDIAN Its been a long time since the Borah High football team had a season quite like this.
The Lions wrapped up the 5A Southern Idaho Conferences No. 1 seed in the state playoffs with a 27-17 victory over Rocky Mountain on Friday night at Brighton Stadium.
Not since 1995 have the Lions had more victories in a season. Borah went 9-2 that year with a state semifinal appearance.
These Lions hope to do them one better.
The desire by these players has been incredible, Borah coach Darren Corpus said. What a great group of athletes. What a great group of players and a great group of coaches. Weve had great support all year long. I am so happy for these guys.
Borah (7-2) will host Highland next week in the state quarterfinals, while Eagle (7-2) grabs the No. 2 seed, Capital (7-2) No. 3 and Rocky Mountain (6-3) No. 4.
Eagle will host Lake City, Capital travels to Madison and Rocky Mountain draws Coeur dAlene on the road.
In this day and age, this is pretty special, Corpus said. These football teams are just terrific around here.
Borah played inspired from the kickoff, running behind the strength of senior back Hunter Kenyon. The 5-foot-9, 199-pounder gained 64 yards on the ground in five plays, finishing off Borahs first possession with a 1-yard TD run.
Senior kicker Jacob Szuch added a 25-yard field goal with 3 minutes, 26 second left in the second quarter to put the Lions up 10-0.
Kenyon left the game near the end of the first quarter with a sprained ankle and returned for a few more carries in the second quarter before sitting out the rest of the game. Corpus said Kenyon who finished with 15 carries for 108 yards should be good to go next week.
With Kenyon out, the Lions turned to senior Clint Langston, junior Karsten Niederer and sophomore Eric Thrift to carry the load the rest of the way. Niederer racked up 135 yards and Thrift contributed a 5-yard touchdown run at the end of the second quarter his first TD of the season.
Junior quarterback Cole Skinner kept the Lions offense humming, completing 12-of-21 passes for 230 yards and a touchdown as Borah led the Grizzlies from start to finish.
We have some depth. We dont always rely on one person to do the job, Skinner said. We have people backing (Kenyon) up that can do just as well.