HAZELTON, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Clearwater Valley made its first playoff appearance in 24 years on Saturday, taking on the Vikings of Valley in the high school state football quarterfinal round.
Valley led 42–0 at halftime and the mercy rule going into place for the second half.
Third quarter, Jason Hardy looking for his fourth touchdown of the game, he punches it in from six yards out. Vikings don't get the two point conversion.
Later in the quarter, Zack Gomez, who's been a monster on the field all game long also gets his fourth touchdown. Gomez, with 229 rushing yards on the day, also had 31 receiving. He gives Valley a 54–0 lead, plus Hardy's two point conversion makes it a 56–0 game, which ends up being the final.
Three of Gomez's touchdown runs were for more than 30 yards.
Gomez said, "I just went out there and did my thing." "There was really nothing special that I do that no other player does, we're all a family and we stick together."
"In the playoffs it's more mental right here, you have to focus on your opponent that you maybe have never played before, that's what we did this week," explained Valley quarterback Jason Hardy. "I think we did a great job executing."
Hardy also gave credit to the line for protection and being a key asset to the Vikings' success this season.
Valley now prepares for wilder in the semi–final round. That game is slated for Saturday, November 10 at Holt Arena, kick-off slated for 1:30 p.m.
Conference foe Oakley will try and unseat the reigning state champion, Prairie on Friday, November 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, Declo clobbered St. Marie's, 49–6 at Holt Arena. Next up? West Side in the 2A state semi–final on Saturday, November 10 at 11 a.m.