Wednesday, November 1, 2006

50-yard field goal a highlight in finale

Bonneville ends Wood River?s season 21-6


By JEFF CORDES
Express Staff Writer

The big highlight came early for the Wood River High School varsity football team Friday night during its State 4A preliminary playoff game against the Bonneville Bees at Thunder Stadium in Idaho Falls.

Senior Cory Rutkowski kicked a school-record 50-yard field goal through the middle of the goalposts midway through the first quarter. The first-year kicker added a 25-yard field goal early in the second period for an early 6-0 Wolverine lead.

They were the eighth and ninth field goals of the year for accurate marksman Rutkowski, who ended up as Wood River's leading scorer with 42 points—15 on extra point kicks and 27 coming via field goals.

Unfortunately for coach Mike Glenn's Hailey squad, the offense fizzled for the rest of the game amidst a flurry of dropped passes and four-and-out offensive possessions. Rutkowski punted a season-high seven times, averaging 37.3 yards on the windless night.

In contrast Bonneville's passing offense caught fire spearheaded by junior quarterback Brad Hannan (13-for-22, 238 yards, 2 TD). And the Sixth District champion Bees (5-4) ended the season for Wood River (4-5) by a score of 21-6.

One other highlight for Wood River: Junior running back Matt Libert (20 carries, 96 yards) saw his string of seven straight 100-yard rushing games come to an end, but Libert cracked the 1,000-yard rushing mark with 1,040 yards.

Wood River for all intents and purposes seemed willing to make Friday's playoff game its season finale, while Bonneville was determined to play another week. The Bees will have a rematch with Blackfoot (6-3) this coming weekend in Pocatello.

Bonneville beat Blackfoot 26-20 during the season, but the Broncos are more seasoned in the 4A playoff wars, having made the 2005 semi-finals before losing to eventual state runner-up Pocatello 20-15. Host Blackfoot ousted Century of Pocatello 28-26 last Friday.

In other 4A playoff match-ups Friday, defending champion Bishop Kelly (7-2) plays at Sandpoint (5-4) while Third District champion Skyview of Nampa (8-1) hosts Mountain Home (6-3). Pocatello (7-2) entertains upstart Rigby (3-6) as the first game of Friday's Holt Arena doubleheader.

Rigby pulled off a huge upset Friday, knocking off Great Basin Conference West king Minico (7-2) 22-19 at Rupert. There was no love lost between Wood River and Minico this season, but Minico was certainly expected to advance Friday—and Wood River wasn't.

WOLVERINE NOTES—On his 17th birthday, junior quarterback Danny Kramer (7-for-26, 36 yards) deserved better from his receivers, who dropped upwards of 10 passes that were on the money.....Rutkowski's 50-yard field goal was three yards farther than the previous Idaho High School Activities Association state field goal playoff record of 47 yards set by Burley's Ryan Bloxham in 1990. Rutkowski kicked field goals in six of the nine Wolverine games this fall....Running out of gas consistently in the red zone, Wood River struggled on offense towards the end of its games—scoring only 21 points in the fourth quarters of its final seven contests, and no points at all in the third periods of its final three games....The team's best drive at Bonneville was a 12-play, 71-yard attack that ended with Rutkowski's second field goal. Libert rushed eight times for 59 yards. But there were two dropped passes within the seven-yard-line that stopped the excellent drive.

2006 WRHS FOOTBALL COMPOSITE

TOTAL SCORING

Opponents 21 66 56 49 0 192 (21.3)

Wood River 31 52 49 28 6 166 (18.4)

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RESULTS (4-5 overall, 2-2 home, 2-3 away, 1-2 Great Basin Conference West)

Aug. 25 (Home) Fruitland 24, Wood River 10

Sept. 1 (Home) Wood River 40, Preston 32

Sept. 8 (Away) Wood River 13, Filer 7 (OT)

Sept. 15 (Away) Buhl 48, Wood River 6

Sept. 22 (Home) Wood River 28, Kimberly 7

Sept. 29 (Away) Wood River 39, Burley 0

Oct. 13 (Away) Jerome 18, Wood River 17

Oct. 20 (Home) Minico 35, Wood River 7

Oct. 27 (Idaho Falls, State 4A playoffs) Bonneville 21, Wood River 6

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SCORING TD CONV PTS.

Cory Rutkowski 0 15 42

Danny Ward 6 1 38

Matt Libert 6 1 38

Erik Jacobson 2 0 12

Vincent Vertneg 2 0 12

Jeff Conover 1 0 6

Grayson Thompson 1 0 6

Noah Lindley 1 0 6

Michale Brunker 1 0 6

Note—Cory Rutkowski's total includes 18-yard, 23-yard, 34-yard, 35-yard, 19-yard, 28-yard, 48-yard, 50-yard and 25-yard field goals. The 9 field goals and the 50-yard kick are school records.

Touchdown passes—Danny Kramer 10, Michale Brunker 1. Conversion passes—0. Notes—Wood River scored in 21 of 36 quarters....Wood River successfully made 17 of 19 conversions (89% success rate)....Wood River scored 20 TD—8 on runs from scrimmage, 11 on passes, 1 on defense.

WRHS Line Score

Bonneville 21, Wood River 6

wood river 3 3 0 0 6

BONNEVILLE 0 14 7 0 21

SCORING

1st half

Wood River—Cory Rutkowski, 50-yard field goal; 5:04 1st (3-0 WR)

Wood River—Cory Rutkowski, 25-yard field goal; 9:19 2nd (6-0 WR)

Bonneville—Jon Wilson, 85-yard pass from Brad Hannan (Ramon Vega kick); 9:06 2nd (7-6 Bonn)

Bonneville—Jon Williams, 10-yard pass from Brad Hannan (Ramon Vega kick); 1:06 2nd (14-6 Bonn)

2nd half

Bonneville—Jon Williams, 6-yard run (Ramon Vega kick); 8:25 3rd (21-6 Bonn)

KEY STATS WRIVER BONNEVILLE

Offensive plays 73 61

Time of possession 24:15 23:45

1st downs, rush 8 6

1st downs, pass 1 5

1st downs, penalty 0 3

1st downs, total 9 14

Rushes, yards 32-136 27-138

Yards per carry 4.3 5.1

Fumbles lost 0 3

Completions, passes 7-27 13-22

Completion percentage 26% 59%

Passing yards 36 238

Yards per completion 5.1 18.3

Intercepted by 1 2

Sacks by, yards 4-31 1-5

Returns, yards 5-97 2-49

Total yards gained 264 394

Penalties 4-52 7-46

Punts, yardage 7-261 4-149

Yards per punt 37.3 37.3

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS—Wood River

Rushing—Matt Libert 20-96 (4.8 per carry), 5 1st downs; Grayson Thompson 7-15, 2 1sts; Danny Ward 2-20, 1 1st; Kenny Cardona 2-4; Danny Kramer 1-1.

Passing—Danny Kramer 7-26, 36 yards, 1 1st down, 2 interceptions; Michale Brunker 0-1.

Receiving—Erik Jacobson 3-25, 1 1st; Danny Ward 3-9; Collin Hand 1-2.

Fumble recoveries (3)—Collin Hand 1, Carter Stewart 1, Casey Bennett 1.

Interceptions (1)—Carter Stewart 1 with a 26-yard return.

Sacks (4)—Collin Hand 2-13; Casey Bennett 1-11; Anthony Quarles 1-7.

Kickoff returns—Kenny Cardona 2-41; Drew Anderson 2-30.

Tackles (51)—Anthony Quarles 9, Jared Rade 8, Casey Bennett 6, Carter Stewart 5, Danny Ward 4, Corbin Miniard 4, Collin Hand 4, Jeff Conover 3, Erik Jacobson 2, David Pinkard 1, Pat Hurley 1, Tyler Peters 1, Drew Anderson 1, Matt Libert 1, Tyler Hendricks 1.

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS—Bonneville

Rushing leaders—Jon Williams 6-64, 2 1sts, 1 TD; Steven Barnard 13-42, 3 1sts; Carmello Gomez 8-32, 1 1st.

Passing—Brad Hannan 13-22, 238 yards, 5 1sts, 2 TD.

Receiving—Jon Wilson 6-175, 2 1sts, 1 TD; Jon Williams 4-35, 1 1st, 1 TD; Thomas Long 3-28, 2 1sts.

Interceptions (2)—Tyson Murphy 1 with a 41-yard return; Garet Butikofer 1.

Sacks (3)—Jared Richardson and Brad Moreau 1-5.

Kickoff returns—Jordan Preslar 1-8.

Tackle leaders—Galdino Carbajal 11, Richard Houx 10, Cordell Pickering 9, Brad Moreau 8, Tyson Murphy 7, Jordan Preslar 6, Jason Craig 6, Thomas Elkington 5.




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