TWIN FALLS — The Bishop Kelly High School football team had little trouble finding ways to score on the road, handing Twin Falls a 41-6 defeat to end its 4A state playoff run.
The Bruins came out running the ball in a double-tight formation and proceeded to pound for short yardage throughout the first half. However, the Bruins couldn’t sustain drives against the Knights as they neared the red zone, with an early fumble and a handful of false start penalties.
Bruins head coach Allyn Reynolds said the formation was a new look for his team, and the strategy didn’t quite work out as planned.
“We felt like maybe if we could get into that, use some clock and keep some offense off the field, it might give us a chance,” he said. “They did finally adjust to it, but we knew they would eventually.”
On the defensive side, Twin Falls had trouble as the Knights did exactly what Reynolds thought. They switched up looks and formations, causing the Bruins to think on their feet. Add that to the use of primarily underclassmen as reserves for a handful of recent injuries, most on the defensive side, and it was a tough task for the Bruins to execute on adjustments.
Bishop Kelly used its speed to consistently gain first downs, chipping away at the Bruins defense with medium-yardage gains. The Knights didn’t rely on one or two players either: the four touchdowns scored in the first half were carried in by four different players.
As the game wore on, the long plays came easier for the Knights. After a 57-yard reception by Logan Hibbs to end the first half, Cameron Foley and Jake Adams ran in second-half touchdowns of eighty-plus yards.
Reynolds said he could especially see the wear and tear on his line, a necessary unit for his rush-oriented game plan.
“We had a lot of big guys going both ways up front,” he said. “You’ve got to stay low, and when you get tired, you tend to just stand up.”
But the Bruins never said die, and rode a few slant plays to the red zone. From the 10-yard line, the Bruins made a unique play call: the backfield shifted from double-tight to shotgun, and a screen look wide left Connor Bradley open down the middle.
“We’ve practiced that play, and it’s just a little trick play,” Reynolds said. “The guys wanted to do it, so we gave it to them.”
Not only was it a tough home loss to extend Twin Falls’ playoff losing streak to seven games, it was a final game for the seniors, as well. Reynolds said the hours his seniors put in over the years says a lot about their dedication to the team.
“Football, like any sport, takes some commitment and some time, and they gave up their time to be here for four years,” he said. “We really appreciate that.”
Bishop Kelly 41, Twin Falls 6
Bishop Kelly 14 14 6 7 – 41
Twin Falls 0 0 0 6 – 6
BK – Khalil Forehand 4-yard run (Jackson Stingley XP good) 8:54
BK – Cameron Foley 3-yard run (Stingley XP good) 6:27
BK – Jackson Lightner 10-yard pass from Carter Wahl (Stingley XP good) 9:58
BK – Logan Hibbs 57-yard pass from Wahl (Stingley XP good) 0:43
BK — Foley 81-yard run (Stingley XP no good) 11:43
BK — Anthony Rizzo 85-yard run (Stingley XP good) 10:46
TF — Connor Bradley 10-yard pass from Carson Walters (XP blocked) 1:45