The fans were still wondering what happened part way through the second quarter when the visiting Pirates from West Side High School in Dayton, Idaho, found something to turn the team’s setting to the on position.
There wastn't a phone booth on the field for a dramatic Superman change nor was there any particular play that seemed to fire up the team but the games score and momentum took a 180 degree turn to the Pirate’s favor en route to a 41-28 win over Rich.
The Rebels took the opening kickoff and quickley score on a 48-yard run by quarterback McKay Jarman to put the first points on the board. The Pirate’s offense punted after three plays and Rich running back Dakota Clark found the end zone from 21-yards out giving the Rebels a 14-0 lead during the opening minutes of the second quarter. Skylar Argyle recovered a Westside fumble on its own 20-yard line and when Jarman stepped in from three yards out for his second touchdown the score sat at 20-0 with eight minutes left in the 2nd quarter.
The numbers of the players from Idaho didn’t change but their performance went to a whole new level at that point of the contest. Pirate running back Jantz Ebanez was the first to strike from 6-yards out around the left side of the line for a score. Westside’s quarterback Peyton Brown kept the next drive alive with two passes on consecutive fourth downs and hit Josh King for a 15-yard touchdown pass and a 20-14 halftime score.
The Pirates received the second half kickoff and didn’t skip a beat from where they had left off. A ten play drive which was highlighted by a 25-yard run by Trevor Montes who also received the honor of scoring a touchdown from four yards out. Westside took the lead 21-20 which stood through the 3rd quarter. Pirate running back Coby Roholt punched in from two yards out early in the fourth to bump the score to 27-20.
The Rebels kept a drive alive down to the Pirate 41-yard line but Jarman’s thrid interception of the day landed in the hands of Karson Alder who took it 80-yards for a pick-six. The score rested at 34-20 with six minutes left in the game. The Rebels turned to the passing game to score quickly but Jarman was hit in the backfield by Lane Meek and the play was ruled a fumble and recovered by the Pirates.
The Pirates returned the favor with a fumble of their own which was knocked loose by Skylar Argyle and recovered by Cache Sabey who picked it up and ran to the 27-yard line. The home team stalled and turned the ball over on downs on the nine yard line.
Westside struck again just three plays later when Trevor Montes used his speed and went 81-yards for his second score of the day. The Rebels put another six points on the board when Jarman hit Joseph Leifson for a 29-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion from Ben Groll set the final score at Westside 41, Rich 28.
This is a matchup the fans look forward to each year due to the Brown brothers connection. Tyler Brown is the defensive coordinator and head basketball coach for the Pirates while his brother Ashley wears the head coaching hat in football and basketball for the Rebels.
The Rebels (1-1) will travel to Hyrum to match up the Junior Varsity squad from Mountain Crest. Westside (1-1) will travel to West Jefferson.