Twenty four minutes in the middle of the game put it away for Tonopah as they routed the Eureka Vandals 68-20 in the 1A football state semifinals Nov. 10 at White Pine High School in Ely.
The Muckers put up 22 points in both the second and third quarters to hold a commanding 60-20 lead going into the final period.
Uneaten Tonopah were just stronger than the Vandals, who had gone through a fine season themselves.
The game was barely underway when Brandon Scobee kicked off a 55-yard touchdown run to give Tonopah a 6-0 lead. The two-point conversion made it 8-0.
Wyatt Anderson’s long pass to Clayton Shota got Eureka to the Mucker’s 34-yard line, but they couldn’t score.
After getting the ball back, Tonopah marched to mid-field where Koby Bunker clicked off a 50-yard scoring run and a 16-0 first quarter lead.
However, the Vandals did have the ball as the second quarter opened and worked it to the 5-yard line where Garrett Todd scored on a short run. The point after was missed. Tonopah led 16-6.
Then the Muckers offense went to work possessing the ball most of the quarter and scoring three times. Quarterback Dillon Otteson had a hand in all three. First an 8-yard run, then two passes, 20-yards to Scobee and a five-yarder to Kevin Pope.
Eureka did manage to break up the party a little bit with a score of their own, with Brandon Lee get a two yard run.
But Tonopah led at the halftime break, 38-14.
Eureka took the second half kickoff and scored within the first minute on a 30-yard run by Todd to cut the lead to 38-20.
But the Muckers were fired up and rattled off 30 unanswered points, three scores in the third quarter and one more in the fourth quarter.
Otteson stung the Vandals with an 80-yard pass to Scobee. Eureka fumbled on the five-yard line and the Muckers ran it in for a touchdown, and added a third score for a 60-20 lead after three periods.
Otteson was 15-for-29 passing, 302 yards and five touchdowns. Koby Bunker rushed for 141 yards on just seven carries and had one score.
No stats were posted for Eureka and they finished the season 10-2.
Spring Mountain went on to win the state title over Tonopah, 60-38 Saturday in Beatty.