Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Great Basin chooses top football players

All-Conference in 4A league

Wood River leading rusher KJ Savaria is chased by Gooding senior Eric Finley (right) during the 13-0 Senator win on the Hailey gridiron Sept. 14. Photo by Willy Cook

Eleven Wood River High School football players have been named to the Great Basin Conference All-League squads on either first, second or third teams, or honorable mention.

Senior KJ Savaria and sophomore Hayden Thayer earned the highest honors of being named to the GBC first teams. At the Hailey team’s banquet in November, Savaria was “Best Offensive Player” and Thayer earned the “Best Defensive Player” award.

Other Wolverines on second and third teams were seniors James “Buck” Horn and Chris Carnes, juniors Cooper Bailey and Gus Conrad, and sophomore Jackson Toothman.

Four seniors made honorable mention for coach Kevin Stilling—Tommy Bailey, Wyatt Griffith, Jared Anderson and Trevor Brand.

During the team’s 2-6 season, 5-11, 200-pound running back and linebacker Savaria piled up four 100-yard rushing games and rushed 128 times for 775 yards and a team-high five touchdowns for 30 points.

He was the main cog in a Wolverine rushing attack that, in its first seven games, doubled up opponents in ground yardage—rushing 334 times for 1,846 yards compared to 219 times for 962 yards by its foes.

The Great Basin was top-heavy this fall. For the first time in its nine-year history, three teams tied for first place. Leading the way was top state playoff seed Minico of Rupert (7-3) followed by Twin Falls (5-5) and Jerome (5-4).

Fittingly, players from each team shared the top player honor, and Minico’s earned the top coach honor.

( GB Co-Players of the year: Jordan Browning (Minico), Kolton Parsons (Jerome) and Jason Byce (Twin Falls).

( Coach of the Year: Minico’s Tim Perrigot.

Here are the All-GBC selections, abbreviations Minico (M), Twin Falls (TF), Jerome (J), Wood River (WR), Burley (B) and Canyon Ridge (CR).


Quarterbacks—First team: Zach Thibault (J). Second team: Thomas Corr (TF).

Running backs—First team: Taylor Seaton (M) and Jacob Johnson (TF). Second team: Anthony Archuleta (TF) and Edgar Ramirez (CR).

Wide receivers—First team: Jackson Kunz (B) and Deion Ortega (J). Second team: Cody Bowman (J) and Lee Johnson (TF).

Tight ends—First team: Matt Harper (M). Second team: Lee Johnson (TF).

Offensive line—First team: Brett Thompson and Josh Barclay (M), Brad Lucas and Ricky Garcia (TF), and Damon Zamora (J). Second team: Jackson Toothman and Buck Horn (WR), Josh Clark and Will Hope (J), Carlos Gutierrez (CR).


Defensive line—First team: Garrett Allen and Garrett Pirtle (TF), Aaron Marcus (J), Matt Harper (M) and Kelly Admire (CR). Second team: Chris Carnes (WR), Chance Connell (TF), Colten Anderson (J), Jon Valero (M) and Tyler Turner (CR).

Outside linebackers—First team: KJ Savaria (WR) and Andy Powlus (CR). Second team: Michael McClure (TF) and Jackson Kunz (B).

Inside linebackers—First team: Juan Labra (B) and Jesse Smalley (J). Second team: Chris Patterson (TF) and Tanner Stallings (M).

Defensive backs—First team: Hayden Thayer (WR), Trae Bishop (CR), Tyler Frisbey (J) and John Hohnhorst (TF). Second team: Cooper Bailey (WR), Edgar Ramirez (CR), Andrew Evans (J) and Carson Hawker (B).


Punters—First team: Lee Johnson (TF). Second team: Cade Summers (CR).

Placekickers—First team: Ben Worst (TF). Second team: Jorge Cardenas (B).

Return specialists—First team: Carson Hawker (B). Second team: Vince Burke (CR). Third team: Gus Conrad (WR) and Gunner Gridley (J).


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