Wednesday, September 8, 2004

Spartans jump to a big start, whip Hailey 34-12

4A league debut for Wolverine football


Kenny Cardona, Wood River sophomore back, has been looking good in the young season. He rushed for a team-high 48 yards including an 11-yard TD scamper against Minico. Photo by David N. Seelig

Wood River High School?s 34-12 loss to the visiting Minico Spartans Friday at Hailey?s Phil Homer Field was virtually a mirror image of its season-opening 35-14 loss to Mountain Home a week before on the same gridiron, coach Dale Martin said.

In each game, the Wolverines couldn?t stop the running game early and were punchless on offense in the first half. But Wood River (0-2, 0-1 league) tackled hard, buckled down on defense and scored a couple of touchdowns while dropping their first Great Basin Conference West game.

?We?ve faced two pretty good football teams so I?m not discouraged. We?ve learned something about our kids?they?re not going to quit. They?ll play and play hard,? said Martin.

He added, ?It was 8-0 after one quarter. Minico scored 19 points in the second quarter. At half-time we changed our defense from a five-front to a six-front and shut down their big stud. We made the adjustments and basically shut them down.?

Unfortunately the score favored Minico 27-6 before Wood River cranked it down. For the game the Spartans out-rushed the Wolverines 332-142 and piled up 21 first downs. Total yardage favored Minico 518-278.

Huston Brashears rushed for 46 yards and a touchdown and completed a 63-yard pass to Carl Browning. Kenny Cardona added 48 yards rushing including an 11-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. And Tyson Reynoso picked up 40 yards rushing.

Martin said, ?Huston and Kenny ran well but we need to work on our passing.?

For Minico (1-0, 1-0), junior tailback Dale Sayles scampered for four touchdowns on runs of 15, 4, 2 and 7 yards. The only other Spartan TD was a 13-yard aerial from freshman quarterback Dane Broadhead to senior tight end Kody Bingham.

Leading Wood River?s defense were Tyson Reynoso (12 tackles and 5 assists), Scott Bartlett (11/4) and Jeff Conover (8/1). Conover also intercepted a Minico pass. Bartlett added two sacks for the Wolverines.

In addition, the Hailey punting game was solid with Tyler Jackson averaging 33.6 yards on nine punts.

Wood River travels to Idaho Falls for its first-ever football game against the Hillcrest Knights Friday, Sept. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Hillcrest (0-1) lost its season opener 23-12 at Rigby Friday.

?Unlike Minico, we have film on Hillcrest so we know what they?re going to run. They run wishbone and power I,? said Martin.

It will be the first of two Friday night trips to Idaho Falls for the Wolverines. On Sept. 17, Wood River will go to play Bonneville (1-0), a 34-29 winner of Idaho Falls last Friday.

In other news: After playing two games of its seven-game schedule, the Wood River ninth-grade football team has been disbanded for the rest of the 2004 season. Freshman players will join the Wolverine junior varsity team.

Martin said, ?We?re dropping the ninth-grade program this year. We had 15 players out and lost two to injuries. We just couldn?t be playing 48 minutes against teams with 30 to 40 players. So we chose to move our freshmen up to the JV program.?

WOLVERINE NOTES?Wood River is following last year?s trend, when the football team was outscored 164-30 in the first half of its eight games. The Wolverines have been outscored 54-6 in the first halves.

?If we can get out of the first quarter, we?re fine,? said Martin. ?We?ll be working hard on how to get our players to come to play in the first minutes of the game.?



Minico 35, WR 14

Minico 8 19 0 7 34
WRiver 0 6 0 6 12


SCORING
1st half
Minico?Dale Sayles, 15-yard run (Sayles run); 10:37 1st quarter (8-0 M).
Minico?Sayles, 4-yard run (kick failed); 10:54 2nd (14-0 M).
Minico?Kody Bingham, 13-yard pass from Dane Broadhead (Dallas Garner kick); 2:52 2nd (21-0 M).
Minico?Sayles, 2-yard run (kick failed); 0:43 2nd (27-0 M).
WR?Huston Brashears, 1-yard run (kick blocked); 0:05 2nd (27-6 M).


2nd half
WR?Kenny Cardona, 11-yard run (pass failed); 8:33 4th (27-12 M).
Minico?Sayles, 7-yard run (Garner kick); 3:45 4th (34-12 M).


KEY STATS...MINICO...WR
Possession time...23:38...24:22
1st downs, total...21...10
Rushes, yards...37-332...40-142
Yards per carry...9.0...3.6
Comp., passes...9-16...2-13
Passing yards...86...65
Intercepted by...1...1
Sacks by, yards...1-10...2-19
Tot. yards gained...518...278
Penalties, yards...14-120...7-46
Punts, yardage...5-110...9-302
Punt average...22.0...33.6


INDIVIDUAL LEADERS?WRiver

Rushing?Kenny Cardona 8-48, 1 TD; Huston Brashears 14-46, 1 TD; Tyson Reynoso 10-40; Tyler Jackson 5-12; Scott Bartlett 4-8.
Passing?Huston Brashears 2-9, 65 yards, 1 interception.
Receiving?Carl Browning 1-63; Tyson Reynoso 1-2.
Interception (1)?Jeff Conover.
Sacks (2)?Scott Bartlett 2-19.
Tackles leaders?Tyson Reynoso 12 tackles/5 assists; Scott Bartlett 11/4; Jeff Conover 8/1; Matt Jost 4/4; Huston Brashears 5/0; Tyler Jackson 3/2; Chris Santiago 4/1; Max Kessler 4/0; Carter Stewart 3/1; Louie Cibrian 3/1.




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