Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Tribe upsets WRHS 19-18 with late score

Wolverines host Canyon Ridge Friday night

     Trailing or tied most of the game, the 3A Buhl Tribe scored the game-tying touchdown with 12 seconds left and made the extra-point kick for a 19-18 prep football victory over the 4A Wood River Wolverines Friday at Bowers Field in Buhl.

     Senior quarterback Brayden Israel tossed a 23-yard TD pass to junior Kasey Krossland on a fourth-and-long play. Buhl sophomore Jose Cervantes kicked the extra point capping a 65-yard drive in the final 90 seconds.

     The last gasp effort gave Buhl (4-2, 2-0 home) its third straight win and ended Wood River’s try for a fifth road win in five away games. It’s Buhl’s best grid start in four years.

     Cervantes opened the scoring on a 70-yard TD run capping a 95-yard Tribe drive in the first quarter. Buhl trailed 12-6 at halftime, but tied the game 12-12 on a three-yard TD plunge by junior Tegon Tonge in the third period.

     Wood River junior quarterback Alec Nordsieck, who scored Hailey’s first TD on a 32-yard run in the first quarter, put the Wolverines ahead 18-12 with a two-yard plunge in the fourth period.

     “Alec ran the ball well all game and did a great job filling in at safety,” said Wolverine coach Kevin Stilling. His team lost seniors Hayden Thayer and Austin Savaria to injuries at Buhl and was whistled for 10 penalties after half.

     Buhl blocked two extra-point kicks attempted by Wood River, and a two-point conversion run try failed for Wood River (5-2, 3-0 league) after an Ashton Owens six-yard TD run in the second period.

     Stilling credited Buhl’s defense that he said “tackles as well as any group we’ve seen in a while.”

     He said, “Buhl’s defensive backs are an exceptional group. We just seemed to be missing a few little things the whole night, and seemed out of sync.”


Canyon Ridge arrives Friday

     The final two Wolverine regular-season games are Great Basin clashes Friday, Oct. 17 against the upstart Canyon Ridge Riverhawks (5-2, 2-1 league) and Friday, Oct. 24 against the Minico Spartans (5-2, 3-0).

     Those two games will help determining the champion of this year’s league and should also settle the three automatic qualifiers from the GBC to the 12-team State 4A football playoffs starting Nov. 1.

     The Minico Spartans, GBC winner from 2010-12 and also seven times in eight years through 2012, captured their fifth straight win 54-21 at Twin Falls (1-6, 1-3) Friday. The Spartans average 37.1 ppg on offense. They host Jerome (2-5, 1-2) on Friday, Oct. 17.

     Stilling said Friday’s home game with Canyon Ridge will be a “Pack the Place Pink” evening on behalf of breast cancer awareness. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday at Phil Homer Field in Hailey.

     Canyon Ridge won at home 28-20 over Jerome Friday. Early in the season, the Riverhawks trounced Buhl 46-28. Only a 41-6 loss at Minico Sept. 26 blots the conference record for Canyon Ridge.




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