Top-ranked Rigby’s rushing attack brings home another 5A High Country title with a 44-21 win over No. 5 Highland

RIGBY – The two-pronged rushing attack of quarterback Tiger Adolpho and running back Zheik Falevai proved to be unstoppable as top-ranked Rigby soundly defeated No. 5 Highland, 44-21, on Friday night.

The Trojans exploded out of the gate in the first quarter.  After the Trojans’ defense forced a quick punt, Falevai got loose for a 36-yard gain on the team’s first play from scrimmage. And on the next play, Adolpho blasted straight up the middle and through Highland’s secondary for a 45-yard touchdown that put Rigby up, 7-0.

And that is where the Trojans would stay.

After another Highland punt, Falevai found daylight again, scoring on a 36-yard run to extend Rigby’s lead to 14-0 midway through the first quarter.

Highland answered with a big play from its quarterback. Jack Whitmer scored from 62 yards out on a read-option keeper to cut the Trojans’ lead in half.

Adolpho was not going to be denied.

On the first play of the following possession, the Weber State commit scored on a sensational run, shaking off multiple Rams defenders near the line of scrimmage and sprinting to the goal line for an 80-yard touchdown, putting the Trojans up, 21-7.

Rigby amassed 210 rushing yards on just seven carries in the first quarter.

And the Trojans’ defense came up big, too – especially in the second half.

With Highland hanging around, the defense picked off Whitmer on three consecutive passing attempts, including a leaping grab by defensive tackle Nic Fangupo on a screen pass.

Falevai found the end zone three more times in the second half to seal the Rams’ fate, leaving the Trojans with another 5A High Country Conference crown.

Falevai finished with 180 yards on 17 carries, scoring four touchdowns. Adolpho added 162 rushing yards on 13 carries, scoring three times. He also completed 12 of 16 passes for 101 yards. Coleman Lords led Rigby in receiving with three catches for 30 yards.  

Whitmer completed 15 of 26 passes for 119 yards and one touchdown and the three interceptions. He also led the Rams in rushing – 126 yards on 10 carries and a score. Raimon Barela hauled in seven passes for 60 yards and a touchdown as the Rams’ leading receiver.

Rigby finishes up the regular season next week against Madison, while the Rams host Idaho Falls.

(Featured file photo by Loren Orr Photography)

Denim Millward

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