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Wild finish in 3A football, three teams to fight for one playoff spot

Buhl, Filer and Kimberly to compete in Kansas City Playoff
Published: Oct. 23, 2021 at 12:00 AM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — Filer came into Friday at 0-2 in the Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference, hoping for a miracle. They would have to beat Buhl and Kimberly would need to lose to Gooding.

Gooding was playing an injury-plagued Kimberly team who was without one of the top receivers in the state, Gatlin Bair. And quarterback Heath Owens suffered a knee injury in the Buhl game the week prior and tried to play some, but didn’t sustain a full game. He was 0-3 and a pick.

Backup Parker Stringham threw for 47 yards and two interceptions.

And when you play an undefeated Senator team that some say might be one of the best in program history, you need to be firing on all cylinders.

Nevertheless, Gooding won 43-6 behind Colston Loveland’s one receiving touchdown and two rushing touchdowns, plus 98 yards. The defense had five takeaways (four interceptions and a fumble), including an interception from Loveland.

Kurtis Adkinson rushed for 145 yards and three touchdowns. He passed for 38 and threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Loveland.

The Wildcats would then need to beat Buhl, who just knocked off Kimberly the week prior for the first time in 12 years. Filer came from behind to win 37-18, forcing a Kansas City Playoff.

Since they’re all 1-2 in the SCIC, Buhl, Filer and Kimberly will now compete for the second and final spot to the 3A state playoffs on Monday, October 25 at Twin Falls High School beginning at 6 p.m. According to Kimberly athletic director Kirby Bright, the teams will begin on the 40-yard line.

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