Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Lindbloom’s rushing leads North All-Stars

In Monday’s Shrine football game

Wood River High School graduating senior Greg Lindbloom, shown here at Canyon Ridge in Twin Falls last October, rushed for nearly 200 yards on Memorial Day evening in Twin Falls during his North team’s 21-18 loss to the South 11-man All-Star squad. Photo by David N. Seelig

It was the Greg Lindbloom Show at Bruin Stadium in Twin Falls Monday night during the 35th annual Shrine All-Star high school football game.

The Wood River High School graduating senior, bound for the U.S. Army, rushed 41 times for 193 yards as his North team narrowly lost an exciting 21-18 game to the South squad.

Lindbloom scored a fourth-quarter touchdown giving the North a 12-7 lead, but the South stormed back with two unanswered scores and held on for the 11-man football victory.

Wood River head football coach Kevin Stilling, who shared North coaching duties with Gooding's Cameron Andersen, said, "Greg did a great job of hitting the holes and his line did well in front of him. All our players did a good job representing Wood River football."

Injuries to a couple of wingbacks from Rupert's Minico High School forced Lindbloom to become "the focal point of our offense," Stilling said. "That's a good choice to have."

Last fall, Lindbloom's rushing led Wood River to a 6-4 record and a State 4A playoff berth. In his senior year Lindbloom rushed 193 times for 1,426 yards (7.4 yards per carry, 142 yards game) with a school-record 21 TDs and 128 points.

He became the school's all-time top rusher with 283 carries for 1,863 yards (6.6 yards per carry)—or 62% of the team's total rushing yardage.

Other Wood River grid players seeing plenty of action in Monday's Shrine All-Star game included safety Chance Larkin, cornerback Colton Larkin, wingback Braxton Parish, guard Jake Vegwert, wingback Trace Tupper and tight end Connor Braatz.

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