The Bella Vista Broncos came into Friday’s game holding a 3-3 record, while the Rio Linda Knights, undefeated at home, are 4-2 with big wins over Lake City Idaho and the Antelope Titans.
With solid defense in the first quarter from both teams, the score remained 0-0. The first points would go on the board early with a one-yard touchdown run for the Knights by #5 Dustin Rossiter. The extra point was missed, putting the score at 0-6.
Soon after, the Knights would capitalize on two fumbled kickoff returns. On the first drive, #8 Clinton Scobee caught a 32-yard reception, leading to another rushing TD by #5 Rossiter and followed with a 2-point conversion from #15 Cole Farrow to #42 Riley Smith. On the second mistake by the Broncos, the Knights took it down the field for their first complete 7 point play, with a pass from Farrow to Smith and the extra point made by Rossiter.
Finally, getting a grip on the game, Bella Vista scored with a pass from #11 Ryan Locke to #15 Michael White and a good extra point to make the score 7-21.
With time running out for the first half, Farrow scored a 20-yard rushing touchdown, but a failed extra point kept it at 7-27. That left just enough time for Bella Vista to give it another try with a pass for the end-zone, but it was picked off by #21 Keenan Hunt. A man found all over the field, Keenan Hunt helped Rio Linda end the first half strongly with a score of 27-7.
The Broncos came out with vengeance in the second half, scoring a quick 7 points with a 9-yard TD run. However, the Knights’ "Swift Sophomore" Keenan Hunt came back with an amazing 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The kickoff by the Knights was an onside kick, successfully recovered by the Knights who followed it up with another TD run, this time by #33 Jeremy Koopman. This brought us to a score of 14-40. Though it looked doubtful for the visiting team, the determined Broncos marched down the field and made it 21-40. Bella Vista pulled out a little trick of their own and recovered their own onside kick, capitalizing with a 13-yard TD pass reconnecting #11 and #15. A 2 point conversion brought the score to 29-40, still in favor of Rio Linda.
The fourth and final quarter would be much like the first, but the "Swift Sophomore" had to put his name in the books at least one more time with a 95-yard interception return for a touchdown. Adding an extra point, the game would end with the Knights staying undefeated at home and a final score of 29-47.
Rio Linda will travel to Christian Brothers on Oct. 21 to improve on their 5-2 season, as Bella Vista will return home and try to stop this losing streak when they face Casa Roble.