Seven home games were played Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Wood River Middle School fields in Hailey to kick off the home schedule of Wood River Youth Football Teams in the 9-12 age groups, plus flag football.
Games continue Saturdays through Oct. 18 with practices on weekday evenings. League director is Jim King. On the board are John Brashears, Ken Ward, Kim Bryson, Andy Portillo and Troy Thayer.
Results from last Saturday, Sept. 13, off the site woodriveryouthfootball.com:
WR Seniors: Lost 48-14 to Meridian Orange. Wood River moved the ball well offensively with several first down plays. Quinn Guthrie completed a pass to Cooper Bailey. Defensively, WR played tough. Paul Klimes, Andy Mallea, and Cody Richmond tackled well and had some big plays on defense. The Wolverines came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring two touchdowns in succession.
WR Juniors: Lost 6-0 to Meridian Gold.
WR Sophomores: Won 10-0 over Les Schwab.
WR Freshman Green: Lost 20-14 Larry Miller Honda. Kickoff returner Travis Swanson scored the game's first touchdown on a tricky play to the outside for a long run down the field making the score 6-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Good energy by the Freshman Green defense in the second quarter kept the Larry Miller passing game in check. But the visitors scored three straight TDs for a 20-6 lead.
Not giving up, the Freshman Green's Bodie Bennett advanced the ball with a 24-yard-run to the 6-yard-line. After this great gain, Wood River's Kyle Furlong snuck the ball in on a fake for a Wood River touchdown. A smooth pass by Wood River's Miles Jones to Jens Blackman got the extra points for a final score of 20-6.
WR Freshman White: Put up a strong fight against the "Fighting Irish" from Pioneer Title of Boise, but they came up on the short end of the stick and couldn't pull off their second victory of the season. Outstanding play on both sides provided for an exciting game.
Pioneer Title got off two quick touchdowns in the first half. Answering the scores was quarterback Cade Schott, with a QB run for a TD. Great blocking was key for him to make it into the end zone.
Two interceptions with TD runbacks were costly errors for Wood River. Tor Dalzell came up with two fumble recoveries and Jett Erickson maintained his status as the "Ice Cream Man" for sacking the opposition's quarterback. Christian Hovey once again provided outstanding blocking along with Tor Dalzell, Elliot Portillo, Zach Nelson and Kyle Nelson.
WR White Flag: Wood River White had another strong showing and did great against Thrifty. White has immense team unity and its players are very positive.