Frankie Starz pass slices through the crisp fall air in LPHS’s victory against the Ennis Mustangs on Oct. 12. PHOTO BY KENE SPERRY

Big Horns make football history!

On Saturday, Oct. 12, the Lone Peak High School football team officially slayed the giant!  The Big Horns passed all over the Mustangs from Ennis recording a victory for the first time in Big Horns history 50 – 6.  The shorthanded Mustangs came into the game having beaten the Big Horns in their previous three meetings.

Head Coach Adam Farr said, “After coming up short against Ennis in the previous years, I’m just happy for the players, especially the seniors!  They are all stoked to have put an end to this streak.  The coaches and I are all proud of their effort and execution!”

The game had a different feel from all the other battles with Ennis right from the beginning.  After Senior Austin Samuels pinned the Mustangs deep on the opening kickoff, Senior Frankie Starz intercepted the Mustangs’ first play from scrimmage and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown.  Six seconds into the game the score was Big Horns 8 – Mustangs 0. 

After the Mustangs drove the length of the field for their sole touchdown of the game, they were denied the 2-point conversion to make it 8-6 Big Horns. The home team struck back quickly with Starz finding Sophomore Pierce Farr down the middle of the field on third down for 50 yards and a touchdown.  Starz ran in the two-point conversion to make it 16-6 Big Horns and the route was on. 

The LPHS defense was stout the rest of the game creating 4 turnovers and holding the Mustangs’ offense out of the end zone.  The defense was led by Starz (10 tackles, 1 int, 2 sacks), Samuels (8 tackles, 1 interception), Freshman Isiah Holst (6 tackles) and Farr (5.5 tackles, 2 sacks).  Seniors Chaz Paduano (recovered fumble, 1 sack) and Ryker Potter (recovered fumble) were stalwarts on the defensive line.

On offense, the Big Horns were led by record games for Starz and Samuels. Quarterback Starz was involved in all 6 touchdowns, passing for 4, rushing for 1 and the interception return.  It was one of his best passing days as a Big Horn going 21-28 for 254 yards, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception and 3 -2pt conversions as well as rushing for 55 yards, 1 TD and 1 2-pt conversion.  Halfback / Wide Receiver Samuels caught 13 passes for 159 yards, 3 td’s and 1 – 2pt conversion.  Nine of his receptions went for first downs keeping the chains moving and the Big Horn offense on the field.

Senior Nick Wade caught a 2-pt conversion pass for his first scoring play of his career.   Junior Kole Maus caught his first pass for a 2- pt conversion as well!

The Ophir Miners also handily beat the Mustangs 32 – 6.  

The Big Horns (2-4) travel to face Twin Bridges on Friday night, October 18, at 7 p.m.  The Miners will play at 4 p.m.

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