The Mountain Home Tigers and Wood River Wolverines played close in the first half of Friday’s “Great Basin 10” West Division football game on the Tigers gridiron.

But the Tigers pulled away after halftime for a 24-7 season-opening varsity win.

Mountain Home led 6-0 at half and 13-7 after three quarters. Wood River’s first touchdown of the season came on a Matt Meyers touchdown pass to Andres Salamanca—the first varsity TDs for each.

Wood River coach Shane Carden said, “Andrew Nelson and Ethan Shoemaker had a couple big plays for us at receiver. Walter Kriesien kicked his first-ever extra point. And middle linebacker Johnny Servin was our leading tackler with 15 tackles.

“The defense had five total turnovers, two on two-point conversions. Victor Solis had one of the fumble recoveries and Andrew Nelson had an interception. But our four interceptions on offense have to be corrected.

“We took some shots late in the game that we weren’t able to connect on, but we had some chances to win the game. First-time varsity kids are in big roles so there were some nerves in the first game.”

Carden added, “We saw a lot of improvement from the jamboree to our first game and we look to improve going into next week.”

Wood River (0-1) returns to action Friday, Sept. 6 with a 7 p.m. Great Basin Conference inter-divisional varsity game against Minico (0-1) in Rupert. The Wolverine JV hosts Minico Thursday at 6 p.m.

The Minico varsity dropped its opener to Toelle, Utah 30-24 Friday at Holt Arena in Pocatello. Minico (7-3 last fall, 16-6 two seasons) has won 12 straight home games.

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