By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Both high schools in Franklin County got thumped badly on the opening night of high school football in southeast Idaho.
The Bear River Bears of Tremonton handed new Preston Coach Nick Hyde a 44-6 setback on the Indians’ home field in Preston. And the Firth Cougars beat up on the West Side Pirates in Firth ending the night with a 44-18 win.
Coach Hyde told The Citizen Saturday morning despite the lopsided score the team had some very positive things come from the game. “But overall we found out we have a lot of work still to do,” he said.
The Indians just couldn’t stop the air attack from the visiting Bears and tried several different defensive-back combinations. But nothing seemed to work. The Bears quarterback Kyle Zundel burned Preston as he passed for 281 years and four touchdowns.
Preston’s defense held Tremonton’s running game to a manageable level, but Hyde said he’s got to concentrate on finding a pass defense that will work.
The Indians lone score came on their first drive of the second half thanks to a 21-yard run by Tyson Lumbreras and a 45-yard scamper by Tate Johnson. Lumbreras rushed for 175 yards on 21 carries for Preston. The Indians pushed the ball downfield at times, but failed to score when they got into the red zone. Preston got the ball inside the Bear’s 20-yard line four times, but failed to score.
The Indians travel to Marsh Valley at 7 p.m. next Friday and Hyde said he looks for a great game.
At Firth, the Pirates got hammered by a very strong ground game mounted by the Cougars. West Side kept it close until just after the second half got started and only trailed by two points. But Firth then broke the game open with a punishing ground game and scored four unanswered touchdowns.
Pirate running back Jon O’Brian was responsible for almost all of the offense for West Side, ending the night with 129 yards on 16 carries.
Read more about both games in next Wednesday’s print and on-line editions of The Preston Citizen.
Next week we play Marsh Valley at 7:00 P.M., we look forward to a great game.Thanks Nick
Kyle Zundel burned Preston as he passed for 281 yards and four TDs, as the visiting Bears improved to 2-0.
The Indians struggled mightily in the red zone in their season and home opener. Preston scored no points on four trips inside the Bear River 20-yard line.
Tate Johnson scored Preston’s lone TD on a 44-yard third-quarter run. Unfortunately for the Indians, it only trimmed their deficit to 31-6.
Tyson Lumbreras rushed for 175 yards on just 21 carries for Preston
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