Wood River High School cheerleaders

Wood River High School cheerleaders coached by Heidi Kaminski (left) and Amanda Wilson (right) brightened the back-to-school mood at Hailey’s Wood River High School on the first day of classes Monday, Aug. 19. The cheerleaders are playing big parts in this week’s Homecoming activities.

     Twin Falls junior quarterback Nick Swensen was on fire for the Bruins on what turned into a rainy night at Hailey’s Phil Homer Field on Friday.

     Swensen completed all seven of his passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for two scores in the 49-7 Twin Falls football victory over Wood River High.

     Bruins 6-2 sophomore Jace Mahlke tallied three touchdowns, on 34- and 20-yard passes from Swensen, and on a seven-yard run. Senior placekicker Sergio Varela succeeded on all seven extra-point kicks.

     Twin Falls (2-2) captured its first Great Basin Conference triumph and also its first road win by capitalizing on turnovers for three of its seven touchdowns, and also scoring on a “Pick 6” interception.           Only the first Bruins score, on a 10-play, 73-yard drive to start the game, was an attack of some distance. Twin Falls scored in short fields after a blocked punt, a fumble recovery and interception return.

     Fortunately for the Wolverines (0-4), the Bruins went to their bench after building a 49-0 halftime lead and Wood River senior quarterback Andrew Nelson led the Hailey offense to its first touchdown in 11 quarters of football.

     With the rain intensifying in the running-clock second half, Nelson guided Wood River on a nine-play, 71-yard touchdown drive that started with an 18-yard kickoff return by senior Conner May.

     May hollered for the ball as Nelson rolled out to the right, and Nelson fired a 24-yard TD pass that May caught with his fingertips in the end zone. Walter Kriesien’s extra-point kick finalized the scoring, 49-7.

     Junior Eli Trevino rushed for 33 yards and added 23 yards in pass receptions for the home team. Nelson completed 8-of-22 passes for 75 yards. May caught two passes for 36 yards and led the defense with four tackles, same as junior David Hurtado.

     Wood River will be looking for more offense during its 2019 Homecoming game against non-conference opponent Buhl Tribe on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. back at Homer Field in Hailey.

     Buhl (0-3) fell 50-12 at home to Declo last Friday. The Tribe (42.3 ppg defense) has dropped 14 consecutive games since its last victory, 24-21 at home over Filer in 2017. Buhl hasn’t won on the road in three seasons, since a 23-16 win at Filer back in 2016.

     In the feature Great Basin game this coming Friday, Jerome (3-1) will entertain Minico of Rupert (3-1). Jerome’s Tigers won 34-20 at home over Mountain Home (2-2) last Friday, while Minico took care of Canyon Ridge (0-4) by a 27-0 score in Twin Falls.

     Check today’s Express web site for Wood River-Twin Falls football statistics from Friday.


Defense leads WRHS“C Team” 8-6 over Twin

     The Wood River High School “C Team” football squad, with 18 freshman and seven sophomores, went on the road Thursday and beat the Twin Falls Bruins 8-6 with a solid defensive performance.

     Wood River (2-2) collected its second straight road win after a 28-0 shutout at Jerome.

     At Twin Falls, the Bruins jumped out to an early 6-0 lead with a first-quarter touchdown. But Zack Dilworth’s interception on the two-point conversion attempt would prove to be the difference in the game.

     The Wolverines were held scoreless until the first play of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Sawyer Grafft hit Christian Hernandez on a screen pass and Hernandez raced 10 yards through several Bruin defenders to find the end zone.

     On the two-point conversion, Grafft found Hunter Thompson on a well-designed tight end delay route putting Wood River on top 8-6.

     The Wolverines defense continued to shut down the Bruins, stopping multiple drives in the fourth quarter.

     Hailey coach Juan Martinez said “Our defense was relentless tonight. Outside of their one big pass play in the first quarter, our defense shut them down all game with an aggressive attacking scheme.

     “It was really a team defensive win with our guys showing unbelievable toughness, team pursuit and gang tackling.”

     Head coach Martinez’s staff includes defensive coordinator Derek Agnew, offensive coordinator Todd Hunter and line coach Jay Moeller.

     Wood River travels to Buhl Thursday, Sept. 26 at 7:15 p.m. for a junior varsity game.


WRHS Homecoming Week hits the road

     “Road Trip” is the theme of Wood River High School’s Homecoming Week that reaches its high point Friday, Sept. 27 with the Homecoming football game against the Buhl Tribe at Phil Homer Field.

     Special school activities began Monday, Sept. 23 and continue through the non-conference varsity football game Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. at Hailey’s Homer Field.

     Other dress-up days are: Today, Texas (Western); on Thursday, Oregon (Hippie); and on Friday, Idaho (Camo).

     Home athletic games are Wood River girls’ soccer against Jerome today, Wednesday; and Wood River volleyball against Canyon Ridge Thursday.

     The Powderpuff football game is Thursday at 10:15 a.m.

     Friday’s Homecoming Parade along Hailey’s Main St. begins at 3:30 p.m. Members of Members of The Senior Connection choose the winner. Parade entry is $10. The winning float retrieves its entry fee.

     Homecoming football starts at 7 p.m. Friday against the 3A Buhl Tribe at Homer Field. Admission is $6 adults. The Homecoming dance is after the game, from 9:30-11:30 p.m. in the commons.

     Wolverine teams have lost two straight Homecoming games—20-14 to Burley last October, and 29-9 to Kimberly in 2017. Their last win was 45-0 over Burley in 2016. Wood River teams are 5-10 in 15 Homecoming games since 2004.

     Here are the candidates for the Homecoming royalty. Princes and princesses will be elected, plus senior queen and senior king:

     Senior girls: Grace Parke, Payson Bennett, Sariah Nilsen, Josie Saleen, Abigail Kirk.

     Senior boys: Henry Whittier, Sayler Beck, Chase Jones, Walter Kriesien, Ivan Varela.

     Junior girls: Tatnall Watts, Nysa Wood, Star Herron, Daisy Buxton.

     Junior boys: Isaac Esparza, Jaime Avila, Conrad Barrie, Atzel Jimenez.

    Sophomore girls: Cassidy Conely, Lily Enos, Maria Diaz, Madie Abell.

     Sophomore boys: Larsen Bier, Luke Mauldin, Nicholas Fehr, Devan Perez.

     Freshman girls: Jasmine Santacruz, Jette Ward, Lila Hess, Taylor Merrick.

    Freshman boys: Sawyer Grafft, Sebastian Buxton, Diesel Ward, Zeke Agnew.

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