Time runs out
Wood River’s bid
in another Homer Field thriller
a lot of fight in both the Wood River Wolverines and Kimberly Bulldogs
Friday in yet another thrilling one-point prep football game at Hailey’s
new Phil Homer Field.
Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference opener that wasn’t settled until the
final nine seconds, Kimberly and Wood River (451 rushing yards) put 67
points, 10 touchdowns and 1,028 total yards on the board.
(1-3, 1-0 league) rallied from a 19-7 deficit and prevailed 34-33—but
it was Wood River (1-3, 0-1) knocking at the door with an amazing
fourth-quarter comeback of its own that ended 18 yards short of victory.
just ran out of time," said Wood River coach John Blackman.
"It was our best offensive effort to date. We just pounded it at
them all night. The kids never quit—it just never entered their
resilient rally that ended when Kimberly’s Ricky Zodrow blocked a
35-yard field goal attempt by Kellen Chatterton that would have won the
game, Wood River players were bitterly disappointed.
lost a 27-26 overtime game to Jerome Sept. 13 at Homer Field when a
two-point conversion attempt was stopped, and they lost Friday’s
potboiler when Kimberly’s defense stopped Matt Conover’s two-point
conversion plunge at the one.
very hard losing two games like that," said Blackman.
sparked Wood River, Matt Pruett (3 TDs, 140 yards rushing) busting loose
for 65-yard and 50-yard scoring runs and Chatterton (a season-high 177
yards rushing) busting up the middle and hurdling tacklers on 75-yard
and 45-yard TD runs.
put together the longer drives and opportunistically recovered an
onsides kick to start the second half, fueling a 13-point third quarter
that gave the Bulldogs a 27-19 lead. Kimberly’s 5-for-7, 89-yard
passing after the half was a big factor.
could have played better defense, but I felt the officiating affected
the game," said Blackman.
officials disallowed Conover’s incredible 97-yard TD punt return early
in the second on a clip against Chatterton. "I watched the game
film 20 times and Kellen’s block was a perfect nose-to-nose. It wasn’t
even close," said Blackman.
Conover was whistled for intentional grounding on the next play—Blackman
nearly blowing his stack. "There were two receivers where he
threw," he said.
game-turning miscall, in Blackman’s view, was a 15-yard illegal
participation whistle for having too many men on the field when Kimberly
was punting—on 4th and 15 at the Wolverine 44 of a 27-27 tie game with
six-and-a-half minutes left.
Bloomfield goes on the field in punt formation and Jason Nelson comes
out. Jason didn’t come out so Zach called time out, and we were also
yelling time out from the sideline, and the official heard it, but he
still called the penalty," he said.
life, Kimberly surprised the unsettled Wolverine defense with a 30-yard
TD pass on the very next play and kicked the extra point for a 34-27
lead. Chatterton came right back with his 45-yard TD run on third-and-6,
but Conover’s two-point dive fell just short.
to die with three minutes left, Wood River’s defense stopped Kimberly
without a first down on a hard Chatterton (19 tackles) stick and a
Christian Blackman tackle in the backfield. Conover returned a punt 19
yards and Wood River methodically drove deep into Kimberly turf.
defense stiffened in the red zone. Out of time outs—and virtually out
of time with nine seconds left—Wood River resorted to the desperation
field goal that was blocked. "It would have been our game if we had
a couple of more minutes," said Blackman.