Runners go wild
in record 62-8 win
Hailey piles up
its season with a record-setting exclamation point, the Wood River High
School football team set a single-game school record of 62 points in
Friday’s 62-8 league victory over Gooding at Phil Homer Field.
Silvia, Wood River junior quarterback, runs to daylight during
Friday’s 62-8 victory over Gooding at Phil Homer Field. Express
photo by David N. Seelig
River (3-5 overall, 2-3 league) amassed 627 total yards that included
462 rushing yards on 46 carries. Senior running back Kellen Chatterton
scored four touchdowns and kicked six extra points to finish as Hailey’s
top scorer with 68 points.
running game has come a long way," said John Blackman (35-67), who
would not immediately address persistent rumors that he plans to step
down as Wolverine head coach after 12 years at the helm.
season-high 462 rushing yards against winless Gooding (0-8, 0-5 league),
451 against Kimberly and 381 against Filer, Wood River ended up with
2,310 rushing yards in eight games (288.8 per game).
the Wolverines for the second straight week had three 100-yard rushers
in a single game—senior Dylan Welcome (a game-high 148 yards on 11
carries, 2 TD); junior Joe Paisley (132 yards, 3 TD); and Chatterton
(101 yards on 6 carries).
Gooding’s team was perhaps the weakest in the long, strong history of
Senator football, Wood River was also able to pass the ball effectively
for the first time all season. Junior QB Brandon Silvia completed six
passes for 73 yards.
the Wood River offensive line that was intact all season long—featuring
seniors Kenny Kelb, David Wood and Dan Fierman, and juniors Scott
Sanders and Mark Neville.
battled adversity and, by winning its final two games, did all it could
to secure one of three state playoff berths from the six-team Sawtooth
Central Idaho Conference.
Kimberly’s 26-14 home win over Filer on Friday gave Kimberly (3-5, 3-2
league) the third berth, joining SCIC king Declo (7-1, 5-0) and Buhl
(6-2, 4-1). Kimberly beat Wood River 34-33 in Hailey Sept. 28, two weeks
after visiting Jerome nipped the Wolverines 27-26 in OT.
were two points away from a winning season," said Blackman about
the two one-point losses. "It was a good group. They sure as heck
impressed me with their character."
more notable accomplishments this fall: Chatterton’s team-high 106
tackles, making him the all-time leading Hailey tackler with 227 tackles
over three years; and Wood River for the first time having three
500-yard rushers—Welcome 587, Chatterton 557 and Paisley 505.
making virtually every tackle, had a huge all-around game against
Gooding with 18 tackles, two interceptions and 101 yards rushing.
had a great game, in fact it was good to see all the seniors play well,
and all of them got to play," said Blackman, whose son, co-captain
Christian Blackman, played his final game in a Wood River uniform.
B-27 and this week’s Express Web Site for final Wolverine season
NOTES—The previous single-game high was 56 points set in Wood
River’s 56-28 victory at Kimberly Oct. 2, 1991. That game featured 752
total yards for Wood River including 389 rushing yards….The cold
weather might have prompted three lost fumbles. Wood River lost only
eight fumbles all year—on 369 rushes…An amazing burst of speed
caused Welcome to race 60 yards to paydirt late in the fourth quarter,
his second TD, and thus claim the team’s rushing title.
four TDs equalled a single-game school record set most recently by Max
Paisley twice in 2000, and Cory Goicoechea in 1999. The young man was so
prolific that the scoreboard automatically rang up a successful
Chatterton extra point kick after his fourth and final TD, although
Kellen missed the kick. So the final score read 63-8 on the scoreboard,
although in reality it was only 62-8.