Oakley repeats as state champion for the first time in school history

The Hornets grab their fifth state title on the gridiron with a complete performance against Raft River
Published: Nov. 19, 2021 at 1:50 AM MST
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POCATELLO, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) — On Thursday night inside Holt Arena, there was no doubt who the best team in 1A Division 1 football was. Oakley dominated Raft River in the state championship game.

After winning the state title a year ago, the Hornets repeat for the first time in school history.

Oakley 42, Raft River 14

Raft River won the first matchup of the season 22-16 back in October. Thursday night, though, was completely different.

In the battle of Snake River Conference opponents and Cassia County rivals, the Hornets controlled all facets of the game in a 28-point win over the Trojans.

After a mostly back and forth first half, Payton Beck found Dace Jones for a touchdown with inside a minute left to put the Hornets up 20-8 at the half.

In the second half, the Oakley defense sealed the deal. The Hornets forced two consecutive turnovers in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

“Our coaches just said if we come out hot in the second half that we’re going to blow these guys away, and we came out hot, and it showed,” said senior quarterback and cornerback Payton Beck. The senior had a third-quarter interception to go along with five touchdowns on offense.

“They’re the best of the best (Raft River), and it’s fun to see them every now and then and say, ‘hey, we’re the champs,’” said senior wide receiver Dace Jones.

The Hornets go back-to-back for the first time ever.

“Two in a row, it’s history,” said Oakley Head Coach Brennan Jones. “Bottom line, it’s history.”

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