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Defenses missing in Borah’s victory over Coeur d’Alene

Phil Hayes Correspondent

Fans who witnessed Friday’s non-league football game between the Coeur d’Alene Vikings and the Borah Lions on Friday were caught scratching their heads and craning their necks at halftime.

Their reason? Somehow both defenses forgot to show up.

With both offenses running amuck, there was even some concern that the Homecoming court waiting to be crowned at halftime wouldn’t make it home before curfew.

But Borah, which trailed 28-25 at the half, continued its offensive explosion in the second half and enjoyed the added bonus of its defense en route to a 53-35 win over CdA at Viking Field.

The Lions held CdA to minus-8 yards rushing in the second half. While the Viks were able to gain 95 yards passing, 76 of those came in the fourth quarter when the game was all but decided.

CdA’s defense made a cameo appearance in the second half, forcing Borah to punt on its first possession. But that would be the Vikings’ last stop. Borah, which came into the game with a 0-3 record, scored on all of its remaining second-half drives but the last one, which ended when time expired.

“Apparently it was obvious that we didn’t show up to play,” CdA coach Shawn Amos said. “There is a lot of blame to go around, but Borah just came up and kicked our butts in every phase of the game.”

It was all offense in the first half.

With the Vikings chewing up yardage on the ground and the Lions relying on the pass, the two teams scored on eight of their first nine possessions.

CdA (3-1) went in at halftime with a three-point lead after Kevin Ah-Hi scampered in from 17 yards out with 18 seconds remaining.

Ah-Hi, playing his first game in three weeks because of a knee injury, had 109 yards and two touchdowns on 15 first-half carries.

But the senior running back, appearing to be limping slightly, gained just 10 yards on six carries in the second half.

While Borah was trying to find a way to stop CdA’s running attack, quarterbacks Jake Hall of CdA and Borah’s Skylar Montoya were conducting their own little personal battle.

In the first half, Hall was 8 of 10 for 130 yards and a touchdown. But Montoya was even better. The Borah junior completed 13 of 18 for 147 yards and two scores. Montoya completed all seven of his first-quarter attempts and finished the game with 309 passing yards and five touchdowns.

The Vikings scored first on a 12-yard run by Hall early in the first quarter. But Borah tied it minutes later on an 8-yard pass from Montoya to Andrew Barbee.

On the second play of their next possession, Hall threw a quick out to wide receiver Jarrett Moss who lost control. It was ruled a lateral and Borah’s Mike Rudd scooped it up and raced 30 yards untouched for a 13-7 lead.

The two teams traded touchdowns for the rest of the half.

After exchanging punts to open the second half, Borah scored two touchdowns in a little more than 3 minutes to take control of the game.

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