Jackson gave it all they had but Cody was equal to the challenge and then some as those ‘other’ Broncs secured a state championship game in front of their home crowd. It was a wild start for both teams as Cody muffed the opening kickoff giving Jackson a golden opportunity from the outset. At the 3-yard line, fortune turned again as a high snap on the wildcat to Brody Hasenack sailed over his head and into the arms of Cody defender after a mad scramble for the loose ball. The game on reset, Cody got down to business. Broncs QB Caleb Pryor found Cody Phillips wide open down the right side after corner Fort Crain Evenson had slipped. A dangerous open field runner, Phillips took it to the house, weaving his way through Jackson defenders for a 60-yard touchdown score. From there it was a whole lot of Cody. They took another turnover by Jackson into another 7 points when Cody Phillips found paydirt from 5 yards out. The dagger came at the end of the half when Cody let the clock run down to 4 seconds for a final play. It was a 12-yard toss from Pryor to his favorite target Drew Trotter and another Cody touchdown. The hometown Broncs took a 26-0 lead into the locker room at the half, ready to celebrate. But Jackson showed some resolve. They came out of the intermission with better focus. Forced to the air, Smith hit on passes to Sam Lopeman and Nate Keipert to keep the sticks moving until two TD passes to tight end Colter Dawson cut the lead in half. But Cody’s offense answered and any notion of a comeback was quashed by the conference’s best defense. Led by linebacker Nic Talich, Cody contained Hasenack and the Jackson running game, allowing less than 75 yards rushing to Jackson. Forced to the air in a relentless wind, Sadler Smith had some success but the Broncs just could not put together sustained drives. For Cody, it was the first time they have been able to treat the hometown fans to a state title at Spike Vannoy Field since 1991. The championship is Cody’s 6th. They won state titles in 1958, 1976, 1991, 2014, and 2017. Jackson was looking for its first championship since 2007. Previously the Broncs had won state in 1981 and 1986. Final score: Cody 34, Jackson 13. The game was broadcast on KZ95.