Oct 6, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterIt's a game that almost wasn't.
Thursday's and Friday's winter storm closed South Pass and blocked the Farson-Eden Pronghorns from crossing over from Sweetwater County to play the St. Stephen's Eagles.
On a minute-by-minute basis the two teams waited for the road to open. When it finally did the Pronghorns rolled over the mountain and played the Eagles in spite of the near-Arctic conditions.
Farson tallied two late touchdowns to break open a tight game with the Eagles 44-24. The win was the first of the season for the Pronghorns, while the Eagles remain winless.
St. Stephen's officials worked to clear the field, but the heavy amount of snow that continued throughout the game allowed them to just keep the yard lines and the sidelines open. The surface was slick and cold, causing a plethora of turnovers during the game but making for some spectacular runs, slides and aerial spins as well.
Neither offense moved the ball well in the early minutes, but Farson found the end zone first when Matthew Nielsen scooped up an Eagle fumble at the 5 and rumbled in for the score. Kelton Broadhead tallied the first of his four touchdowns on the game two minutes later with a 21-yard run.
The 12-0 lead was short-lived. St. Stephen's scored on a 46-yard run by Brandon C'Hair with 2:57 left in the opening period but couldn't score on the conversion run.
Three consecutive lost fumbles ended drives through the second period before Andre Amerinde broke into the open on a 25-yard scoring run for Farson.
After an ineffective running game for much of the first half, the Eagles went to the air in the final seconds. Derrick Roman connected with Johnny Whiteman on a 30-yard catch and run to the 1-yard line. Roman found R.J. Bowstring on the next play for a score with just 13 seconds left in the half.
Broadbent opened second half scoring on a 39-yard run. St. Stephen's either stalled or turned the ball over on downs for the rest of the period. Farson added a late touchdown on a 38-yard run by Isaac Orozco, and the period ended with the Eagles trailing 31-12.
Six-man football can produce points in just a few seconds, and the Eagles rallied late in the game when C'Hair took a short pass from Roman and bounced off or ran over all six Pronghorn defenders on his way to a 60-yard touchdown.
The Eagles closed the game to a single score when Roman tipped a flair pass, caught it in the air and raced 27 yards with the interception to close the gap to 31-24 with 3:57 left in the game.
Broadhead ended the Eagle rally with back-to-back scores of 20 yards to end the game.
St. Stephen's travels to powerhouse Dubois this Friday, while Farson looks for another win against Ten Sleep.
EDEN-FARSON 12 6 13 13 -- 44
ST. STEPHEN'S 6 6 6 6 -- 24
FAR -- Matthew Nielsen-fumble return (kick failed) 6:50
FAR - Kelton Broadhead 21-run (kick failed) 4:46
SS - Brandon C'Hair 46-run (run failed) 2:57
FAR - Andre Amerinde 25-run (kick failed) 3:12
SS - RJ Bowstring 1-pass from Derrick Oldman (pass failed) :13
FAR - Broadhead 39-run (42 pass from 20) 8:09
FAR - Isaac Orozco 38-run (kick failed) 1:08
SS - C'Hair 60-pass from Roman (run failed) 4:56
SS - Roman 27-interception return (run failed (3:57
FAR - Broadhead 20-run (pass failed) 2:47
FAR - Broadhead 20-run (29 run) 1:29