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For the week of September 10 - 16, 2003


Wendell turns lights out on Wood River

Top-ranked Trojans breeze 50-6 in Hailey

The top-ranked Wendell Trojans had the horses and they stampeded past Wood River’s Wolverines 50-6 in a non-conference prep football game Friday at Phil Homer Field.

Wendell (2-0, averaging 55.0 ppg) spoiled Wood River’s home opener and the debut of first-year Hailey coach Dale Martin with a 356-yard rushing attack. 2A Wendell finished the evening with 574 yards in total offense, outdistancing 3A Wood River’s total of 313.

Brandon Silvia, Wood River senior quarterback, looks for a receiver against Wendell’s tough defense. The Trojans had Silvia on the run all night. Express photo by David N. Seelig

Leading Wendell was senior running back Cody Howerton (14 rushes, 151 yards), sophomore RB Zac Davis (9 rushes, 123 yards) and senior quarterback Tyrel Davis (11-for-17 passing, 178 yards, 4 TD).

Coach Martin said, "We didn’t play well. We just got beat by a better football team. Their skill people killed us. I wouldn’t be surprised if they win state. Wendell is probably the best team we’ll face."

It was 24-0 after the game was eight minutes old and 37-0 at halftime. Amazingly, Wendell had four TDs nullified by penalty during a flag-filled contest (302 yards penalties between the two teams). Penalties were a big reason the game finished way past 10 p.m.

Another reason for the lengthy three-hour contest was a 22-minute delay in the third quarter because the lights went out at the Hailey field.

Playing Frank Sinatra songs only added to the weirdness in the blackened bleachers and on the field, but Wendell’s scoring machine restored order when the lights returned. The Trojans scored on the first play after the blackout and led 44-0.

Wood River senior Matt Pruett broke up Wendell’s shutout bid by scampering for a 37-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter, after a fumble recovery by linebacker Tyson Reynoso.

But the Wolverine offense was ineffective all night. Martin said, "They had their linebackers sitting five yards off the line and were going everywhere we went. Wendell was ready for everything we did."

Although they were handcuffed by a well-prepared and talented team in their season debut, Wood River players maintained a positive attitude, Martin said. But they will have to tackle better in order to be competitive, he added.

"We missed 11 tackles on one of their runs," Martin said. "We can certainly do things to improve on defense. And we’ll spend a lot of time on tackling in practice this week."

The Wolverine special teams showed promise, especially kickoff returner Matt Ward (90 yards, 5 returns). Martin said, "Our kickoff team was one step away from breaking one."



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