Rattlers Repeat as 6-Man Champs
The Little Snake River Rattlers wasted very little time getting on the scoreboard, en route to a 54-33 win over Dubois, which secured a 2nd straight state championship for the Rattlers, a 2nd straight undefeated season, and the program's 22nd straight win overall.
LSR reached into their bag of tricks on the opening kickoff, with an on-side try and would recover the ball at the Dubois 34 yard line.
1 play later, Daniel Wille (195 yards rushing, 3 TD's) would run his way into the promised land, and the Rattlers had a 7-0 lead, only 10 seconds into the game.
After both teams traded possessions, the LSR defense would strike as Connor Lee intercepted a Sterling Baker pass attempt, and took the ball back 50 yards on a pick 6. The scoreboard then read 15-0.
Dubois tried to get their act together, and drove down to the Rattler 7 yard before the Rams would fumble. Little Snake River would cash in 5 plays later as Zack Filip (164 yards passing and 4 TD tosses) hooked up with Wille for a 25 yard TD pass and the defending champs had a 21-0 lead after the first 10 minutes.
The Rams finally got on the board on the board on the first play of the 2nd quarter, as Baker (150 passing, 2 TD tosses) would hook up with his brother Mitchell for a 27 yard strike, to make it 21-6.
LSR needed only 3 plays to get that score back, as Filip found Rex Stanley on a 44 yard pass play. It was Stanley's only catch of the game, but it resulted in points as the Rattlers would increase the lead to 29-6.
Perhaps the only mistake LSR made was on the ensuing kickoff. They squib-kicked it and Kyle Tea would make them pay by running the kickoff back to the house for the Rams (unknown distance). That made it 29-13.
Dubois then made then interesting a few possessions later as Jesse Hawk (129 yards rushing) ran the ball in from 7 yards and the Rams were only down 10.
Little Snake River then went back to their trick plays. Filip completed a pass to Miles Englehart who then used the hook and ladder play, by lateraling the ball to Wille and he took care of the rest. Wille would later catch a 30 yard pass with 10 seconds before the break and the Rattler were looking good up 41-19.
Those last 10 seconds was all that Dubois to seize the momentum back. Baker and Tea hooked up for 55 yards, and the Rams were only down 41-27, going into the locker room.
LSR came back to the field and went right back to work. Wille would score on a 65-yard run on the first play of the 3rd quarter.
Not much else happened after that, as the 2 teams would trade 1 TD each in the 4th, to end the scoring.
Dubois managed to outgain LSR 466-417, but turnovers and a poor start in the first quarter, combined with LSR's trickery, is what denied the Rams their first ever state title in the end.