MIDDLETON Searching for the right words to describe his team, senior running back Victor Dias instead chose to hold up a fist.
It was a fitting representation of his Middleton High football team, which pounded its way past Bonneville for a 32-30 victory in a 4A state semifinal game Friday night at Viking Stadium.
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Dias rushed for a game-high 169 yards and accounted for every TD. The Vikings amassed 353 yards on the ground and attempted just one pass.
Even though the Bees knew what was coming, they couldnt slow the Vikings offense.
Our offensive linemen did work, Dias said. Its always good to do what I can, but this is everybody, not one person.
Middleton (10-1) advances to its second consecutive state championship game, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Dona Larsen Park in Boise. Middleton plays the winner of Saturdays other semifinal game between Skyview and Blackfoot.
Blackfoot beat Middleton 42-24 in last years title game at Holt Arena in Pocatello. That loss has stuck with the Vikings.
Its been their goal all year not only to get back, but to win it, Middleton coach Bill Brock said. It will be really fun next week to see what happens.
Middletons return to the title game didnt come easy.
At the start of the fourth quarter, Bonneville (7-4) tied the game 16-16 on a 5-yard touchdown run by Scott Simmons, who took over at quarterback after starter Tanner Smith left in the second quarter with an injury.
Dias added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter the last on a 5-yard run with 2:32 remaining for a 32-24 lead.
Bonneville answered on its final possession when Simmons scored on a quarterback sneak from 2 yards. That brought the Bees within 32-30 with 28.5 seconds on the clock.
Bonneville called a timeout before its two-point conversion try, and Middleton followed suit once the Bees returned to the field.
Finally, Simmons took the snap, dropped back and sailed a pass into the end zone, which D-lineman Walker Orr batted down to preserve Middletons lead and the win.
Our kids this year, when they get in tight spots, I think they have confidence in themselves based on previous experience, Brock said. They come through and do it. Bonneville did a great job. We knew they were going to give us all we could handle going in, and that proved to be true.
Rachel Roberts: 377-6422,Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX