Team before self, the key to Declo Football's success

DECLO, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) The No. 1 team in the 2A ranks has a chance to go out on top with a perfect season to boot.

Only twice this season has Declo scored under 40 points. The Hornets hope to showcase their high powered offense against Firth in Saturday's 2A state title game.

November 18, 2016, Declo played St Maries for the state championship, but unfortunately for the Hornets, the Lumberjacks came out on top.

Now it's a chance for the Hornets to change the course of history and start a new legacy.

In five state appearances, Declo is 2-3.

Coach Kidd said, "we want to be 3-3, even the score and get there and take care of business."

Kidd knows the crop of talent he has this year, especially with all-state running back Keegan Duncan. The wheels of the state champion track star is attracting numerous Division I schools to come watch him, including Stanford. But it's not this junior back that has led the Hornets to a 12-0 record.

Kidd added, "even as good as Keegan is or our quarterback, they're into winning as at team. They're humble about their individual accomplishments, but fierce when it comes to the team."

In the semi-final game against West Side, Declo fell behind early. Even though the Hornets played them before, the Pirates changed their offensive scheme.

McKay Breshears, Declo junior quarterback/linebacker explained, "that West Side game we got down a little bit, but we just kept fighting and we're a little more conditioned than most teams and we're going to come back and play the way we know how."

Firth represents a rematch of the 2012 title game, a contest the Hornets won 22-12.

These athletes have never tasted that state glory and for some it's their last opportunity.

Senior tight end/defensive end Richard Robertson said, "I feel like our team as a whole is really living up to the expectations, we're starting to fill our role that we need to be in order to become state champs."

Declo will try to tackle Firth at Holt Arena on Saturday at 2:45 pm.

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