Kimberly ends Fruitland's bid for a three-peat

KIMBERLY, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) The Kimberly Bulldogs hosted Fruitland Friday night in a 3A state quarterfinal game. The Grizzlies came off a 63–7 drubbing of Kellogg, while the Bulldogs worked over Teton, 56–18.

These teams faced two common opponents this year, both beat Gooding and lost to Declo.

The Bulldogs started off with the running game, as junior Mckade Huft put up crucial yards. Big man Brant Etherington would help move the sticks as well, powering his way up the middle. It wasn't until the second drive, when Kimberly got on the board.

Braxton Hammond connected with Blake Phillips in the middle, but the senior's wheels helped him weave his way into the end-zone. Hammond had four touchdowns and 146 yards. The Bulldogs don't convert the two point conversion, so it's 6-0.

Fruitland couldn't answer, so back to Kimberly. The Bulldogs' Phillips this time catches the beautiful pass by Hammond in stride and now Kimberly's lead extends to 12–0. Again they don't convert the extra point try.

But Fruitland scored immediately, with Cole Eiguren finding Marcus Barinaga, who's way too fast, Brett Bronson giving chase, but the junior cuts the deficit in half.

Kimberly led 24-21 at halftime.

Fruitland took its first lead of the game with 6:16 left in the fourth quarter, making it 35-31..

Kimberly's McKade Huft scored with eight seconds left in the game to give the Bulldogs the go ahead lead and of course, win. The junior had three touchdowns and 166 yards on the night.

Kimberly now faces Sugar-Salem next week in the semi-final. The Diggers handled Marsh Valley with ease, 41-0.


Homedale 41, Gooding 21: The Trojans advance to the other state semi-final and will play the winner of South Fremont-Timberlake.

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