The state semifinal week of the fall 2021 Idaho high school playoffs featured some fantastic standout performances.
Here’s a quick look at some of the top stars and best individual performances from the Week 12 slate of playoff games across the “Gem State.”
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IDAHO TOP STARS
Tiger Adolpho, Rigby QB: Tallied 322 yards and six touchdowns himself, including the game-winning 2-yard run in a 55-49 triple overtime semifinal win over Meridian.
Kross Antonnacchi, Meridian RB: Rumbled for three touchdowns and more than 100 yards, but it wasn’t quite enough as the Warriors endured a gut-wrenching 55-49 triple overtime semifinal loss to Rigby.
Payton Beck, Oakley QB: Went 14-of-17, including 11 completions in a row, for 304 yards and two touchdowns, while scoring another two on the ground in a 52-22 semifinal win over Butte County.
Isaac Cranney, Oakley WR: Came down with five catches for 106 yards in a 52-22 semifinal win against Butte County as the Hornets advanced to their third state title game over the last four years.
Ian Duarte, Eagle WR: Piled up 252 yards of offense, including touchdown grabs of 90 and 67 yards in a 29-27 semifinal loss to Highland.
Zheik Falevai, Rigby RB: Galloped for 168 yards and two scores in the Trojans’ instant classic 55-49 triple overtime semifinal win over Meridian.
Sam Krunz, Rigby WR: Recorded 10 receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown in a thrilling 55-49 triple overtime semifinal win over Meridian to get his team to a third consecutive state title game.
Ryken Echo Hawk, Pocatello RB: Tallied 102 yards and two scores as the Thunder fell to defending state champion Skyline 36-31 in the semifinals.
Lachlan Haacke, Skyline QB: Completed 22-of-25 passses for 240 yards and three touchdowns, with another on the ground in a 36-31 semifinal win over Pocatello.
Ian Hershey, Highland K: For the second straight week, Hershey came up big with another three field goals, including a 40-yarder as time expired to send the Rams to their fifth state championship game in nine years in a 29-27 win over Eagle.
Ty Koepp, Kendrick QB: Combined for 228 yards and five touchdowns, including 131 and two rushing, in a 46-30 semifinal win over Castleford to get the Tigers back to the title game for the first time in five years.
Riley Morey, Carey DB: Had not one, not two, but three interceptions, one of which he took back for a score, while also hauling in a 23-yard touchdown catch in a 54-20 semifinal win over Dietrich.
Parker Pettit, Sandpoint QB: Racked up 292 yards of total offense and three touchdowns while also running for the game-winning two-point conversion in a 29-28 overtime semifinal win over Blackfoot.
Austin Ramirez, Blackfoot RB: Chalked up 157 yards and three scores in a 29-28 back-breaking overtime semifinal loss to Sandpoint.
Quentin Riley, Meridian WR: Notched 138 yards and a touchdown in a heartbreaking 55-49 triple overtime semifinal loss to Rigby.
Kenyon Sadiq, Skyline WR: Had a career day with 12 catches for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the Grizzlies to a 36-31 semifinal win over Pocatello for their fourth title game appearance in the last six years.
Connor Simpson, Carey RB: Amassed 184 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in a 54-20 semifinal rout over Dietrich.
Brett Spencer, Weiser QB: Only missed on one pass in going 11-of-12 for 220 yards and five touchdowns, while running for another 40 yards and a score in a 49-27 semifinal win over Gooding.
Kole Spencer, Raft River RB: Did it on both sides of the ball with 154 yards and two scores on offense, while having four tackles, a sack and an interception on defense in a 51-6 semifinal shellacking of Lapwai.