Weiser can’t contain Homedale in 40-17 loss

Weiser’s Braden Bumgarner looks to gain some yards as a couple of Trojans give pursuit during Friday night’s conference game at Roy Dickerson Memorial Field. The Wolverines couldn’t get much of a ground game going against the Homedale defense, collecting just 67 yards running the ball. Weiser held the unbeaten Trojans to a 6-3 lead after one quarter. Once Homedale quarterback Dan Uranga got dialed in and running back Mason Kinchloe got warmed up, the Trojan offense kicked it up a couple of gears. With a mix of passing and running the ball, the Trojans put up 442 yards of offense and six touchdowns. Weiser scored two touchdowns and Angel Magana kicked a field goal.
Steve Lyon
Despite a nearly three-week layoff, Weiser came out fired up for a Homecoming game against conference rival Homedale on Friday night and kept the Trojan offense in check in the first quarter.
 Weiser’s defense slowed down and even stymied the potent Homedale offense early in the game, but containing the Trojans for four quarters is a feat that few football teams have been able to do this season.
 No defense in the league has been able to stop the running and passing attack of the unbeaten Trojans, who put up 442 yards of offense and scored six touchdowns on their way to a 40-17 win over the Wolverines. 
 With the loss, Weiser’s conference record stands at 2-2 and 5-3 overall. The Wolverines will play South Fremont in the play-in game at the 3A State Championship on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Holt Arena on the Idaho State University campus.
 Against Homedale, the Wolverines moved the ball on their first possession, picking up chunks of yards with short passes. Weiser went for it on fourth down, picked up the first down and continued the drive. 
 After Homedale’s defense stiffened, Weiser found running the ball difficult and collected only 67 yards on the ground for the game. Weiser got on the scoreboard first when Angel Magana kicked a 39-yard field goal to put Weiser out in front 3-0 early in the game. 
 The Trojans also put together a drive during their first possession of the game. Their main weapon on the ground, Mason Kinchloe, picked his way to the Weiser 8-yard-line. 
 A couple of plays later, he got the carry and found the endzone to give Homedale the lead 6-3. The Trojans could not convert the two-point play.
 It looked like it might be a low-scoring game under the Friday night lights in Weiser with neither team dominating the gridiron early. 
 Weiser’s defense was able to stymie Homedale’s offensive game plan. The first quarter ended with Homedale in the lead 6-3.
 Both teams completed a couple of big plays for touchdowns in the second quarter. Trojan quarterback Daniel Uranga, who had a big night with 192 yards passing the ball, connected with Carson Brown for big yards. The pass play moved the ball to Weiser’s 10-yard-line. 
 The handoff went to Kincheloe, a total threat when he carries the ball, who punched the ball in from one yard out for the first of his three touchdowns on the night. The Trojans tried for two points but a bad snap flubbed the attempt. With 4:28 left in the first half, Homedale took the lead 12-3.
 Weiser’s big play came a couple of minutes later in the first half when quarterback Brody von Brethorst connected with speedster Logan Wood for a 54-yard pass reception for a touchdown. Weiser was right back in the game trailing by two points 12-10 with 1:37 left in the first half.
 Weiser fans were shocked into silence when Homedale scored another touchdown with seconds left in the first half. Penalties against the Wolverines moved the ball inside Weiser’s 20-yard-line. 
 On the last play of the half, Homedale’s quarterback threw a lofty pass that connected with Brown for the score. Brown’s catch in the back corner of the endzone was an NFL-quality reception. The Trojans made the two-point conversion. Instead of a close 12-10 game at the end of the first half, Weiser was down 20-10.
 Homedale’s Uranga aired it out in the third quarter for two touchdowns. He hit his favorite receiver Brown for a 14-yard score early in the quarter, widening Homedale’s lead to 27-10 with 9:46 left in the third quarter. Brown led the Trojans in receiving yards with eight receptions for 109 yards.
 Uranga connected with Drew Deal three minutes later for a 17-yard touchdown strike with 6:24 left in the third quarter. Weiser blocked the extra point attempt and the score was 33-10 with the Trojans in command.
 The Wolverines put together a solid offensive drive that ended with a 9-yard carry by Tim Reed into the endzone and a touchdown. Weiser narrowed the score to 33-17.
 Weiser’s defense got a Trojan to fumble the ball after a long run down the field. The ball was scooped up by Darrian Hoobery to end the third quarter. The Wolverines could not get any traction on offense in the fourth quarter with both the running and passing game shut down by the Trojans.
 Homedale scored one more touchdown with five minutes left in the game to seal the win. Kincheloe scrambled for an 8-yard run into the endzone for the touchdown. A workhorse, Kincheloe carried the ball 30 times for 199 yards in the game. The Trojans were out in front 40-17 at the final buzzer. 
 Weiser had 225 yards of offensive production against Homedale with 67 rushing yards and 158 yards through the air. 
 Von Brethorst had a decent night passing the ball, completing 15 of 30 pass attempts for 158 yards and one touchdown. Logan Wood had the most receiving yards with 60, followed by Tim Reed with five receptions and 41 yards and Braden Bumgarner with four catches for 25 yards.
 Weiser’s leading rusher was Bumgarner, who had 11 carries for 38 yards. Wood had one run for 18 yards and Laten Tolman carried the ball four times for 15 yards.


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