Weiser ends season with 35-7 loss to Homedale

The 2022 Weiser football season came to a heartbreaking end Saturday, the Trojans beating the Wolverines 35-7 in a semifinal playoff game in Homedale.
 Weiser was presented with the state 3A third-place trophy following the game. Although the Wolverines recorded an outstanding season, the trophy seemed meager consolation in place of a championship birth.
 “Overall, we had a successful season; we got to play 12 games,” said Weiser head coach Tom Harrison. “You always want to end it with a championship, but only one team gets to do that. We have really good kids and I feel bad for our seniors; when the game is over, that’s when it hits you that this might be the last time you suit up. It’s hard.”
 Homedale will play perennial powerhouse Sugar-Salem this Saturday in Middleton for the Idaho 3A State Championship.
 Weiser ended the season 10-2 overall and 4-1 in conference.
 The Trojans scored on their first possession last Saturday, senior running back Trenton Fisher scoring on a 3-yard run almost four minutes into the first quarter.
 Weiser answered toward the end of the quarter, the Wolverines pushing downfield on runs from senior running back Michael Youngberg, senior quarterback Andrew Enders and junior running backs Brock Spencer and Kaleb Grove. On a third down and four-yard play, Grove took the handoff and flipped the ball back to Enders who hit senior receiver Malakye Scott downfield for a big gain that took the ball down to the 3-yard line. From there, Spencer ran right, off center, for Weiser’s only score of the game.
 “It was a tough loss, but our kids did everything they could,” said Harrison. “It wasn’t from a lack of trying, that’s for sure, but tomorrow the sun will shine. Our boys worked their butts off last week getting ready for this, and our coaches did, too. We have a great coaching staff, and they are great role models for our young athletes. I’m proud of our guys, and everyone in the community who supported us, including the parents who did everything they could to make it so their kids would be ready to play. We have a great community and seeing them in the stands and out on the hill this season was very important for us. It was really nice to see, to have so much support. The community has just been great.”
 Weiser recorded 198 yards of total offense, with 80 yards passing and 118 yards rushing. Enders went 4 of 9 for 22 yards passing and 1 interception. Sophomore quarterback Kolin Cook went 3 of 4, for 48 yards. Enders led all rushers with 70 yards on 9 attempts, followed by Grove with 23 yards on 7 attempts. 
 Youngberg ended the game with 4 receptions for 30 yards, followed by Jayden Walker with 1 reception for 29 yards. Scott had 1 reception for 21 yards.
 Homedale’s Fisher amassed 206 yards on the ground on 33 rushing attempts.
 Spencer led the defense with 6.5 tackles, six of them solo. Senior Trenton Hawker, Youngberg and Grove each recorded a total of 4.5 tackles.
 Trojan quarterback Jaxon Dines went 8 for 13, with 108 yards and 1 touchdown.


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