Having worked up an appetite demolishing yet another opponent, Emmett coach Mike Schroeder loaded up the buses and took his players to an all-you-can-eat buffet Saturday night.
The Huskies earned it.
Emmett dismantled Gooding 54-22 in the 3A state championship game Saturday at Holt Arena in Pocatello to finish 11-0 and hoist the program’s first title trophy.
“I haven’t seen them this happy. They deserve it. They’re a great bunch of kids, and hopefully they’ll remember this for the rest of their lives,” Schroeder said.
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Aside from a two-point win over 4A playoff team Middleton in week two, the Huskies beat their 10 opponents by 17 points or more and by an average margin of 36.
“It’s something that we have worked for from the time I got the job (in 2012),” Schroeder said. “The community has been galvanized the last couple years to try and improve the program. It’s been a common goal with our administration and the parents and the players. It’s a championship for all of the community.”
Emmett scored on its second drive of the first quarter on a 50-yard pass from senior QB Saige Wilkerson to junior WR Luc Overton. Wilkerson finished with three TD passes, and Overton added a 94-yard kickoff return for a TD.
Gooding tied the game at 7-7 after picking up an interception. It was the only time the Senators were within striking distance the rest of the way.
“Myself and (Wilkerson), we actually grew up across the street from each other,” said senior RB Mason Farnsworth, who had three rushing TDs. “Ever since we’ve been playing flag football, we’ve dreamt of winning the state title, and our dream came true tonight.”