In terms of stature, Chris Hugon and Jake Paulin are two very different wide receivers.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Paulin has the hops and height to bring down the football, while the 5-6, 155-pound Hugon is explosive and elusive with the ball in his hands.
Both Borah High seniors helped quarterback Hayden Brown pick apart the Bishop Kelly defense for 382 passing yards and three touchdowns in a 26-7 nonconference victory Saturday afternoon at Dona Larsen Park.
The two-time defending 4A state champion Knights (2-2) have lost back-to-back games for the first time since 2011. It’s also the first time the 5A Lions (3-1) have beaten the Knights in five previous meetings, according to BK records dating back to 1964.
“BK is so fundamentally sound and well coached,” Borah coach Darren Corpus said. “We played a good game, and we earned the victory today.”
Hugon opened the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown reception from Brown with 4:13 on the clock in the first quarter. Hugon also brought down an 11-yard pass for a score to put Borah ahead 18-7 at halftime. He finished with 100 receiving yards.
“Our coaches did a really good job making sure that we were prepared for this game,” Hugon said. “We have an extremely good leader in Hayden Brown. As a quarterback, he’s just amazing. He stepped up today and did a really good job.”
Brown added 86 yards on the ground and another score, putting constant pressure on a traditionally stout Bishop Kelly defense with the Lions’ no-huddle.
Brown’s longest toss of the day was a 47-yard touchdown pass to Paulin in the third quarter. Paulin had 10 catches for 168 yards, including a 35-yard, one-handed grab on third-and-7 to extend a Borah drive midway through the fourth quarter.
“The O-line did a great job today. I had a lot of time in the pocket,” Brown said. “My wide receivers made it easy catching all the balls and running great routes.”
While the Lions’ offense was on fire, the defense had a standout day, too.
After giving up a Bishop Kelly touchdown on junior Luke Burley’s 8-yard run in the first quarter, the Lions kept the Knights out of the end zone the rest of the way.
“We just knew that BK was a big, physical team that put a lot of guys in the box,” Borah senior linebacker Mark Jerome said. “We said, ‘Hey, we’re going to put our guys in the box and go head-to-head with you guys.’ We just wanted to be physical and control the line of scrimmage, and I think that’s what we did today.”
NOTE: Borah senior running back Jace Forrey sat out Saturday’s game with a concussion. Forrey’s status for the Lions’ 5A Southern Idaho Conference Pod A opener against Timberline (4-0) next Friday at DLP is uncertain.