Borah Lions pounce on Boise Braves, winning 34-2

Borah exacts its revenge for last year’s football loss against Boise. © 2013 Idaho StatesmanSeptember 13, 2013 

Coach Darren Corpus and his Borah football team mean business.

Despite rolling rival Boise 34-2 on Thursday night at Dona Larsen Park, the Lions found little to celebrate in the locker room afterward.

“What do I like? We won. That’s basically it,” Corpus said. “We did some things defensively that were OK. Offensively, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

The Lions have hopes of building on last year’s strong finish, which produced the team’s best record since 1995, a share of the 5A Southern Idaho Conference’s regular-season title, and a spot in the state quarterfinals.

Quarterback Cole Skinner and a strong group of starters return to carry the torch, but all agree they aren’t where they want to be at this point in the season.

“It’s been a little bit of a struggle, but we’re working on it,” Borah wide receiver Kion Williams said. “After two games, we’re hoping that it’ll pick up.”

It’s hard to find fault with Borah’s 2-0 start. Against the Braves, Skinner completed 13-of-19 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown.

Williams — the top wide receiver in the 5A SIC a year ago — caught four passes for 72 yards and two TDs.

Running backs Karsten Niederer and Eric Thrift combined for 115 yards and two more touchdowns.

On defense, Borah picked off three Boise passes and held the Braves without a touchdown, including a stop on fourth-and-3 from the Borah 3-yard line late in the fourth quarter.

What’s not to like?

“We expect better because we know we can perform better than we did,” Williams said.

Scroll to bottom of story to see video highlights from the game, courtesy of KIVI

Borah’s defense had Boise’s first-year quarterback on his heels from the start. The Lions sacked Tyler Cox for a 3-yard loss on the third play of the game, and then senior running back Daniel Taitano stepped in front of a Cox pass for an interception on Boise’s 17-yard line.

“We’ve been practicing on dropping and getting to the receivers,” Taitano said. “I did what coach said and I got an interception.”

Borah quickly converted the turnover into a score as Niederer ran in from 2 yards out untouched.

Boise got a boost on Borah’s second possession of the game when the Braves forced the Lions to punt on fourth-and-7. The long snap went over punter Josh Szuch’s head into the end zone for a safety.

That was all the scoring the Braves would see the rest of the way.

Borah extended its lead to 13-2 on a 2-yard run from Thrift near the end of the first quarter. Skinner threw the first passing touchdown of the game — a 15-yarder to Williams for a 20-2 lead with 3:04 left before the half.

Williams and Skinner connected again at the start of the third quarter, and Skinner’s 11-yard run with just 7 seconds off the clock in the fourth gave Corpus a chance to send in the reserves.

NOTE: Borah senior lineman Hawkins Mann — a Boise State commit — did not suit up for the second straight game. Corpus declined to comment on Mann’s status.

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