Senior running back Greg Lindbloom led a record-setting night for the Wood River High School football team Friday during its 72-13 non-conference win at Wendell. Wood River scored 11 touchdowns, all runs.
Lindbloom (10 carries for 171 yards) scored three touchdowns while fellow backs with two TDs were Ian Keys (141 rushing yards), Trace Tupper (73 yards) and K.J. Savaria (96 yards). Braxton Parish and Gus Conrad had the other scores.
Wood River amassed 607 rushing yards for an average 16 yards per carry. The halftime score favored the visitors 46-6.
Coach Kevin Stilling said, "Our defense played phenomenally, and it seemed like we could do whatever we wanted with lots of different formations in our running game. Linemen Kevin Cooley and Jake Vegwert did a great job blocking, in particular.
"In our three games two things have stood out: Our defense is very stout against the run and we are very effective running the ball on offense."
Wood River (2-1) visits 2A Gooding (0-2) Friday, Sept. 16 for a 7 p.m. non-league game.
Gooding (4-5 last fall) has opened its 2011 season with a 40-13 home loss to Butte County and 23-6 loss at Salmon. Last September, Wood River won its first Homecoming game since 2006 with a 14-12 home triumph over Gooding. The Senators still lead the 34-season series 25-9, but Wood River has won six of the last nine meetings by a combined 205-56 score.
WOLVERINE NOTES—Wood River's previous record of 62 points was recorded Oct. 25, 2002 in a 62-8 home victory over the Gooding Senators. It was John Blackman's final game as Wood River head coach, and the Wolverines had 627 yards in offense against an 0-8 Gooding team that was outscored 355-22 for the season. Wood River (462 rushing yards) had three 100-yard rushers in that game as well—Dylan Welcome 148, Joe Paisley 132 and Kellen Chatterton 101. Chatterton scored four touchdowns and six extra-point kicks, and also had 18 tackles and two interceptions....Before that game, the single-game high was the 56-28 win at Kimberly in 1991, with 389 rushing yards....Wood River's 72 points in a single game was more than the 2003 Wolverine grid team (63 points) scored in eight games.....Equipment manager and former Wood River coach Dale Martin has attended 113 consecutive varsity football games, home and away, in 14 seasons since 1998.
WRHS Line Score
Wood River 72, Wendell 13
WOOD RIVER 20 26 13 13 72
wendell 0 6 0 7 13
WR—Greg Lindbloom, 10-yard run (kick failed); 9:04 1st (6-0 WR)
WR—Greg Lindbloom, 4-yard run (Gus Conrad kick); 4:19 1st (13-0 WR)
WR—K.J. Savaria, 2-yard run (Gus Conrad kick); 1:43 1st (20-0 WR)
WR—Trace Tupper, 7-yard run (run failed); 10:13 2nd (26-0 WR)
WR—Braxton Parish, 25-yard run (Gus Conrad kick); 8:05 2nd (33-0 WR)
WR—Ian Keys, 60-yard run (kick failed); 3:42 2nd (39-0 WR)
WR—Trace Tupper, 20-yard run (Gus Conrad kick); 0:25 2nd (46-6 WR)
WR—Greg Lindbloom, 57-yard run (kick failed); 6:56 3rd (52-6 WR)
WR—Gus Conrad, 29-yard run (Conrad kick); 3:40 3rd (59-6 WR)
WR—Ian Keys, 46-yard run (kick failed); 11:32 4th (65-6 WR)
WR—K.J. Savaria, 60-yard run (Gus Conrad kick); 9:37 4th (72-13 WR)
WR INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Rushing (38-607, 16.0 yards per carry)—Greg Lindbloom 10-171 (17.1 per carry), 3 TD; Ian Keys 12-141 (11.8 per carry), 2 TD; K.J. Savaria 7-96 (13.7 per carry), 2 TD; Trace Tupper 5-73 (14.6 per carry), 2 TD; Braxton Parish 3-41, 1 TD; Gus Conrad 2-36, 1 TD; Chance Larkin 2-31; and Tommy Bailey 2-19.
Passing—Tommy Bailey 2-4, 21 yards.
Receiving—Connor Braatz 1-19; Trace Tupper 1-2.
Interceptions (3)—Jared Anderson 2, Chance Larkin 1.
Punt returns—Braxton Parish 4-82.
Kickoff returns—Ian Keys 2-36.
Tackles/assists (21 tackles/40 assists)—Drew Barsch 2/5, Gus Conrad 3/4, Greg Lindbloom 2/4, Jake Vegwert 0/5, Calub Castle 0/4, Colton Larkin 2/2, Chance Larkin 1/3, K.J. Savaria 2/2, Ben Williams 2/2, Karel Kaiser 2/1, Trace Tupper 1/2, Chris Carnes 0/3, Connor Braatz 1/1, Braxton Parish 1/1, Nick Schell 1/0, Buck Horn 0/1 and Wyatt Griffith 1/0.