Big plays lift Tigers over Wood River 35-14
4A debut for Wolverine football squad
Huston Brashears avoids a Mountain Home tackle and pushes ahead for yardage during Friday?s Wood River High School home football opener won by vis-iting Mountain Home 35-14. Brashears (94 yards rushing) uncorked a 63-yard TD run late in the game. Photo by David N. Seelig
Big plays at bad times have always been a thorn in the side for the Wood River High School football program.
That was certainly the case Friday night at Phil Homer Field, where the visiting Mountain Home Tigers grabbed a 27-0 halftime lead on big plays and roughed up the Wood River Wolverines 35-14 in Hailey.
Spoiling Wood River?s debut at the 4A level, Mountain Home scored on all four of its possessions in the first half including an 82-yard kickoff return to open the game, a 37-yard fourth-down TD pass and a 40-yard scamper by Matt Maurer.
All-State selection Maurer (2 TD), a senior, rushed for 160 yards on 15 carries and was the game?s dominant player.
Surprisingly, the game was more statistically even than the final score indicated. That?s because Wood River got it together in the second half and did quite well?holding the ball 16 of 24 minutes, running 40 plays to Mountain Home?s 21, notching eight first downs to none for the Tigers and out-rushing the visitors 125-61.
?The kids didn?t quit. They played hard the whole game,? said head coach Dale Martin.
Wood River, possessing the ball for 10:15 of the 12-minute third period, opened the second half with a six-minute scoring drive capped by a Kenny Car-dona rollout 13-yard touchdown pass to Scott Bartlett.
The scoring drive featured a couple of short first-down runs by fullback Louie Cibrian, a nice 10-yard pass from Craig Werley to Casey Lane that resulted in another Hailey first down, an 18-yard pass from Tyler Jackson to Tyson Reynoso, and a 12-yard reverse scamper by Scott Bartlett.
Dema Springs kicked the first of his two extra points squarely between the goalposts.
With 22 seconds left in the game, junior Huston Brashears (12 rushes for 94 yards) got behind the Tiger defense for a 63-yard touchdown run making the final 35-14.
Wood River?s new single-wing offense accounted for 184 rushing yards, compared to Mountain Home?s 241. After struggling with the pass in the first half, four different passers enabled Wood River to complete six of its first seven aerials after the half.
Senior Tyson Reynoso (9 tackles) topped the defense, but the defense will have to improve with the Minico Spartans arriving this coming Friday.
Coach Martin said, ?We still have a long way to go. We had young players who had never played a varsity game before and it showed against Mountain Home?blown corner coverage on the long TD pass, and a couple of kids who went for the fake and didn?t stay in their lanes on the first kickoff.
?We need to step it up and improve. But I think we?ll be all right if everyone holds the course.?
Wood River (0-1) hosts the Minico Spartans (0-0) Friday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. on the Hailey gridiron. It will be the first Great Basin Conference West league game for both. Minico?s passing will be a challenge for the secondary, Martin said.
Led by an experienced coaching staff and fed by a bunch of senior returning players, Minico (2-7 last year) will be licking its chops in its first year at the 4A level, dropping from 5A. Wood River has never played a Minico varsity team on the gridiron.
In other news: Former WRHS football player Marshall Hooten, seriously injured in a Bellevue shooting March 29, attended Thursday?s Wood River JV game in Mountain Home and received a signed football helmet from the Hailey team. Hooten, a 2002 Wood River varsity football player, is currently recov-ering in Boise.
Mtn. Home 35, WR 14
Mtn. Home 14 13 8 0 35
WRiver 0 0 7 7 14
Mtn. Home?Goergio Sutton, 82-yard kickoff return (Kyle Clark kick); 11:44 1st (7-0 MH).
Mtn. Home?Goergio Sutton, 14-yard run (Clark kick); 7:45 1st (14-0 MH).
Mtn. Home?Shawn Morin, 37-yard pass from Keith Yagues (kick failed); 11:51 2nd (20-0 MH).
Mtn. Home?Matt Maurer, 40-yard run (Clark kick); 1:24 2nd (27-0 MH).
WR?Scott Bartlett, 13-yard pass from Kenny Cardona (Dema Springs kick); 5:42 3rd (27-7 MH).
Mtn. Home?Matt Maurer, 46-yard run (Tyson Sessions, pass from Brock Zamora), 0:30 3rd (35-7 MH).
WR?Huston Brashears, 63-yard run (Springs kick); 0:22 4th (35-14 MH).
KEY STATS MH WR
Off. plays 56 71
Possession time 20:07 27:53
1st downs, rush 8 10
1st downs, pass 0 1
1st downs, penal. 0 2
1st downs, total 8 13
Rushes, yards 36-241 42-184
Yards per carry 6.7 4.4
Fumbles lost 0 2
Comp., passes 1-10 6-15
Comp. percentage 10% 40%
Passing yards 41 67
Yards per catch 41.0 11.2
Intercepted by 1 0
Sacks by, yards 2-13 0-0
Returns, yards 4-154 6-90
Tot. yards gained 436 328
Penalties, yards 10-71 3-25
Punts, yardage 2-75 3-83
Punt average 37.5 27.7
Rushing?Huston Brashears 12-94, 3 1sts, 1 TD; Scott Bartlett 4-35, 2 1sts; Tyler Jackson 9-21, 1 1st; Kenny Cardona 3-17, 1 1st; Louie Cibrian 8-19, 3 1sts; Alex Burwell 1-1; Craig Werley 4, -1; Micah Floyd 1, -2.
Passing?Craig Werley 2-3, 25 yards; Kenny Cardona 2-3, 19 yards, 1 TD, 1 interception; Huston Brashears 1-8, 5 yards; Tyler Jackson 1-1, 18 yards, 1 1st.
Receiving?Tyson Reynoso 1-18, 1 1st; Scott Bartlett 1-13, 1 TD; Casey Lane 1-10; Tyler Jackson 1-15; Carl Browning 1-6; Alex Burwell 1-5.
Kickoff returns?Carl Browning 2-46; Kenny Cardona 3-43. Punt returns?Huston Brashears 1-1.
Tackles (56)?Tyson Reynoso 9, Matt Jost 7, Carter Stewart 6, Dusty Selner 5, Jeff Conover 5, Max Kessler 4, Chris Santiago 4, Tyler Jackson 3, Corbin Miniard 3, Andrew Grimaldo 3, Carl Browning 2, Craig Werley 2, Luke Chaney 1, Huston Brashears 1, Scott Bartlett 1.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS?Mtn. Home
Rushing?Matt Maurer 15-160, 4 1sts, 2 TD; Goergio Sutton 6-31, 1 1st, 1 TD; Tyson Sessions 7-21, 1 1st; Keith Yagues 5-30, 2 1sts.
Passing?Keith Yagues 1-9, 41 yards, 1 TD; Bob Daniels 0-1.
Receiving?Shawn Morin 1-37, 1 TD; Brock Zamora 1-4.
Fumble recoveries (2)?Matt Maurer 2.
Interceptions (1)?Matt Maurer 1 with a 28-yard return.
Sacks (2)?Zach Anderson 2-13.
Tackle leaders?Kole Spaulding 12, Zach Anderson 7, Matt Maurer 7, Tyson Sessions 6, Kendrick King 5.