RUPERT – Twin Falls traveled to Rupert Friday night, where the two Great Basin leaders faced off for what will likely amount to the Great Basin Conference championship game. The hometown Spartans came away with a 21-7 win to take over sole possession of first place.
The visiting team had some success moving the ball down the field but didn’t have an answer for the Spartans defense in the red zone. Twin Falls turned the ball over six times on downs in Minco territory, including four times inside the Spartans’ 30-yard line.
“We didn’t sustain drives. That was our problem,” said Twin Falls head coach Allyn Reynolds. “We could move the ball between 20s, but once we got in the red zone, we lost focus or didn’t have a good game plan. I can’t put my finger on it.”
Late in the first quarter, the Bruins hit pay dirt when sophomore quarterback Carson Walters found senior receiver Drew Meyerhoeffer for an 82-yard touchdown. The score gave Twin Falls their only lead of the night, and they never found the end zone again.
Minco’s normally rush-oriented offense found yards on the ground hard to come by all night, and had to lean on the passing game for the win. In the second quarter, the Spartans’ senior quarterback John Perrigot hit senior wide receiver Regen Povlsen for a 34-yard gain. The pass set up senior running back Tim Miller for a three-yard touchdown carry.
“You know, they loaded the box,” Perrigot said after the game. “That left man-on-man coverage which allowed us to throw the ball. Our line gave us some time, and that’s all we needed.”
Just five minutes later, Perrigot connected with senior wide receiver Nicky Caldera for a 34-yard touchdown to give the Spartans’ their first lead of the night.
“It was fun,” Caldera said. “Coming out right off the bat, of course we were going back and forth, and we had to get focused to come out with the win.”
In the second half, Perrigot again hooked up with Caldera for a touchdown to give the Spartans a two-score lead. That would be all they needed, as their defense held steady for the rest of the night.
“They challenged us to throw the ball. They are stout up front, and it was a physical game,” said Minco head coach Tim Perrigot, “You get a kid in man-on-man situations, and you’ve got to beat them. We were able to do that.”
Minico (3-0, 5-2) visits Jerome next week. Twin Falls (3-1, 3-4) travels to Holt Arena to play Century.
Minico 21, Twin Falls 7
Minico 0 14 7 0 — 21
Twin Falls 7 0 0 0 — 7
TF — Meyerhoeffer 82 pass from Walters (Champ Geske kick) 1:33
M — Miller 3 run (McKay Chandler kick) 6:52
M — Caldera 34 pass from Perrigot (Chandler kick) 1:49
M — Caldera 9 pass from Perrigot (Chandler kick) 7:24