Eagle holds strong to top spot in 5A SIC

The undefeated Mustangs battle back from early deficit to beat Borah 42-28.

rroberts@idahostatesman.comOctober 4, 2013 

The Eagle High football team crossed the midway point of the season exactly where it wanted to be: Sitting atop the 5A Southern Idaho Conference with a 5-0 record.

Quarterback J.T. Williams helped the Mustangs capture win No. 5, scoring three second-half touchdowns in a 42-28 come-from-behind victory over Borah on Thursday night at Dona Larsen Park.

Williams passed for 152 yards and two touchdowns and added a game-high 185 on the ground for two more scores, successfully bringing the Mustangs back from a 14-0 deficit midway through the second quarter.

“We knew that this was going to be a major test from a lot of different perspectives,” Eagle coach Paul Peterson said. “Borah came with a great game plan.”

Peterson doesn’t expect the road to get any easier from here. The Mustangs face what Peterson dubbed “murders’ row” over their remaining four games against Rocky Mountain, Mountain View, Timberline and Capital.

“They know we’ve got really tough opponents coming,” Peterson said. “If we get ahead of ourselves, we’re in trouble.”

After four dominant victories, Eagle passed its first true test against the Lions (2-3).

Borah was methodical on its first drive of the game, eating up nearly 8 minutes on a 68-yard, 13-play drive that ended with Kion Williams’ 8-yard touchdown catch from Cole Skinner.

The Lions kept the Mustangs scoreless on their lone possession of the first quarter, and then took advantage of an Eagle fumble at the start of the second frame.

Shane Layman recovered the fumble for the Lions, who took over on Eagle’s 27-yard line. Borah made the most of the turnover, taking a 14-0 lead on an 11-yard pass from Skinner to Montana Bilger.

Eagle was able to avoid a first-half shutout by scoring back-to-back touchdowns over the final four minutes of the half. The first came on a 5-yard keeper by Williams. Hunter Floyd — who shares time at QB with Williams — orchestrated the second touchdown with a 25-yard toss to Nick Wheeler at the back of the end zone.

The Mustangs were the first to score at the start of the third quarter when Kam Lane reeled in an 8-yard TD pass from Williams to set the tone for the remainder of the game.

“When you get in a hole like that, you’ve just got to take it play by play,” Lane said. “You get a couple big breaks and a couple big plays and you’re right back in it.”

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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