GLENNS FERRY — There was a lot at stake in Friday night’s matchup between Glenns Ferry and the Valley Vikings.
In addition to the traveling Standlee trophy awarded annually to the winner of the rivalry, the game also carried playoff implications for both teams. A win by Valley would create a three-way tie for second place in the Snake River conference and keep the Vikings playoff hopes alive. A win by the Pilots meant a second place finish and the rights to host a first-round playoff game.
In a game that featured more defense than offense and a steady rain throughout, Glenns Ferry overcame their own miscues and a stout Valley defense to extend their season by defeating the Vikings 30-14.
“Amazing. I’m just so happy for these guys,” said Glenns Ferry head coach Laif Morrison. “They give their heart and soul every down every play all year. You couldn’t ask for a better bunch of guys, they’re awesome.”
Points were at a premium in the game with sloppy conditions on the field leading to missed opportunities for both teams. Dropped passes and fumbles outnumbered touchdowns for the two usually high flying offenses.
“We had every opportunity in the world to make plays. They spit it up, we spit it up, but they made more plays than us,” said Valley head coach Ryon Jarvis. “The weather changes things a little bit but it was basically what I expected. It all came down to who made the least mistakes and the most plays and they made two more than us, that’s for sure.”
In the early going both teams took advantage of short fields to score a touchdown. Then, late in the second quarter, Valley capped a 50 yard drive with a 4 yard run by sophomore quarterback Jason Hardy to take a 14-8 lead with only 24 seconds left in the half.
One play later senior Glenns Ferry wide receiver Eric Ballesteros took a pitch from quarterback Kody Arellano then threw the ball down the field to streaking sophomore receiver Carson Grigg for a 59 yard touchdown and two point halftime lead.
“It’s not me making a play it’s the whole team making it,” said Ballesteros, “It was a team effort and we pulled it off.”
The sixteen second quarter points turned out to be all the points Glenns Ferry needed but the Pilots added two second half touchdowns, a one yard Kody Arellano run and a 56 yard Brady Turner run, to cement the win.
“Glenns Ferry is four-and-o in rainy games, baby,” Arellano said, “We underestimated them a little in the beginning but they stepped up and played great defense so we made some adjustments and broke a few big plays.”
Glenns Ferry advances to the state playoffs next week and will host Wilder.
Glenns Ferry 30, Valley 14
Glenns Ferry 0 16 8 6 — 30
Valley 6 8 0 0 — 14
V — Tvrdy 34 run (pass failed) 6:45
GF — Arellano 5 run (Ballesteros run) 10:20
V — Hardy 4 run (Hardy run) 0:24
GF — Grigg 59 pass from Ballesteros (Ballesteros run) 0:00
GF — Arellano 1 run (Arellano run) 0:00
GF — Turner 56 run (run failed) 3:25
Raft River 48, Oakley 8
MALTA — Kolten Hitt completed 15 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns, Kayden Hitt caught seven passes for 114 yards, Wacey Holtman added 180 receiving yards as the Trojans capped off a perfect regular season with another dominant victory.
Raft River held Oakley, who will advance to the 1AI state playoffs as the Snake River Conference’s third seed, to just 80 total yards.
The win also secured the conference championship and the top seed from District IV.
“Our kids played a great game,” said Raft River head coach Brian Poole. “Defensively our kids came to play and we did a really good job staying on assignment and doing what we prepared them for. It was a playoff atmosphere for the district title, and hopefully being able to prepare will help us in the state tournament.”
OAKLEY 0 8 0 0—8
RAFT RIVER 22 20 6 0—48
Raft River — Holtman 19 from Kolten Hitt (run failed)
RR— Kayden Hitt 52 from Kolten Hitt (Collis)
RR — Holtman 3 run (pass from Hitt)
Oakley — Bedke 2 run (Bedke from Cranney)
RR — Holtman 1 run (pass failed)
RR — Hitt 14 run (run failed)
RR— Boden 5 from Hitt (Hitt 3 from Hitt)
RR— Holtman 56 from Hitt (run failed)