By ROBERT S. MERRILL
It was do or die for the Preston Indians Friday night when they hosted Century on Senior night. And the team’s 34-14 victory over their district rival gave them a chance to live on to play this week at Twin Falls in the opening round of the state playoffs.
The Indians put together probably their most complete game of the season during the last contest. The win broke a five game losing skid and the 2-6.
“I was so proud of our team. We finally played a full game and played up to our potential. I thought we got off to a great start the first half, which we have really struggled doing lately. I felt like our offense really rolled and it was great to have both a solid run game and have the passing game so effective, too,” said Coach Shawn Marlow.
Baker Ward played an excellent game, and the offensive line gave him time to pick Century apart, said Marlow.
“We had almost 500 yards of total offense, which at the high school level is phenomenal. Brennyn Dunn had a huge game for us with 150 yards receiving and three touchdowns. We had seven different receivers catch the ball Friday night. That shows how well Baker can spread the ball around, and that makes us very difficult to defend.
“Our rushing attack was led by Chase Childers with 84 yards and Tate Johnson with 50 yards. Defensively I thought we did some great things, causing fumbles and putting the ball back in our offenses’ hands.
“However, there for a while neither team could hang on to the ball. I thought there for a little while we gave it back and forth two or three times in a short period of time. It was great to have our guys go right back to work and not give up or hang their heads. I felt like our boys just wanted it more than Century did. It was something we preached all week. We do not want to be done yet.”
MarIow said he was very pleased with the overall performance this week and the team is very excited to make the play-offs again this year. At this point in the season you are playing for your lives. To continue on you have to win each week, our boys finally saw a glimpse of what they are capable of accomplishing and it was fun to watch it happen. Hopefully, we can pick up some momentum from this and continue on through the playoffs, he added.
The Indians amassed 459 yards of total offense after a shaky start. Preston missed a field goal on its opening drive and coughed up two fumbles before the offense started clicking. The defense played solid throughout most of the game.
Preston recovered a fumble on it’s three yard line and marched 97 yards for paydirt and its first score using a hurry-up offense it tried the week before. The Indians scored two more times before the half on pass plays from quarterback Ward to Dunn.
Ward ended going 25-44 for 289 yards.
Preston plays at Twin Falls at 7 p.m. Friday.
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