Wolverines sink Pirates 56-8; still undefeated at 5-0

Senior Brock Spencer, center, takes the ball downfield as junior Luke Sarich, left, and senior Carter Jensen, right, watch him shake a would-be tackler during the Wolverine’s 56-8 victory over the Pirates Friday in Payette. Weiser is now 5-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Below, the Wolverine offense pushes forward for yardage. The Wolverines will travel to McCall this week to face the Vandals and will play Homedale on the road Oct. 6. Photos by Keith Bryant
Philip A. Janquart
 In their first conference game of the season, the Wolverine varsity football team put up another impressive win, handing the Pirates a 56-8 loss in Payette.
 The victory puts Weiser at 5-0 overall and 1-0 in conference standings. So far, the Weiser offense has scored a total of 249 points and has allowed only 49.
 “We are happy; the kids are playing well,” said head coach Tom Harrison. “Everyone gets in and plays a little bit because of the high scores, so that’s pretty solid.”
 Weiser was up 49-0 by halftime against Payette on Friday, which triggered a running clock in the second half of the game.
 “They (backups) would probably play more if we had a regular running clock because it goes fast,” said Harrison who noted that some JV offensive players saw time on the field in the fourth quarter. The unit was able to score against the Pirates on a 19-yard touchdown run by junior Colby Walker.
 The Wolverines started the game on offense, with junior Kash Cobb scoring on a 7-yard run. Kicker Ryndon Olsen made good on the extra point to make it 7-0 early in the first quarter.
 Payette’s offense was ineffective throughout the game and scored its only touchdown on a 5-yard run late in the fourth quarter, followed by a successful two-point conversion attempt to make it 56-8.
 The Wolverines executed 33 plays, generating a total of 335 yards on offense, 232 of them on the ground.
 Junior quarterback, Kolin Cook, went 8 of 10 for 103 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Jayden Walker caught 5 passes for 49 yards, followed by senior Brock Spencer who had 2 receptions for 46 yards and 2 touchdowns.
 J. Walker led all rushers, gaining a total of 82 yards on the ground, followed by senior Kaleb Grove who had four carries for 31 yards and 2 touchdowns.
 Cook recorded 6 tackles on defense, all of them solo. Junior Luke Sarich also recorded 6 tackles, 3 of them solo. Senior Carter Jensen added 5 tackles, with 2 solos. Grove, J. Walker, and Cobb had 3 tackles a piece. 
 Harrison said he is pleased with his team overall and that the offense appears to have some balance.
 “Kolin was pretty close to spot on,” he said. “His receivers all do a nice job, and the kids protect him pretty good. I think we have a nice passing attack, which makes it so our run game can be more effective, so it’s a one-two punch.”
 He added that the JV squad is also undefeated at this point and that giving younger players time on the field is crucial to their development and to preventing potential injury to varsity players.
 “We want to get everybody in and get those varsity guys out to keep them healthy,” Harrison said. “But we try to get as many kids involved as we can.”
 He noted that some players could potentially heap up bigger stats, but is not concerned about individual numbers.
 “We sacrifice stats for some people, but we aren’t about big stats,” he said. “We are about winning. You could keep those guys in and ‘Ooh and ahhh’ people with their stats, but that’s just not who we are.”
 Although the Wolverines are undefeated, the team has yet to face a truly formidable opponent. Weiser’s first real test could come this Friday when they travel north to play conference rival McCall, which is also undefeated, with 4-0 overall and 1-0 conference records.
 The Vandals beat Fruitland 37-14 last Friday, and have notched wins against Timberlake (32-26), Nampa Christian (22-14), and Wood River (42-7).
 The team has put up 133 total points and has given up 61.
 Weiser will travel to Homedale the following week, on Friday, Oct. 6, to face off against the Trojans who are sure to be 6-0 after their Sept. 29 game against Payette.
 “We have two tough games coming up; two tough weeks,” Harrison said. “The stress level just went up, so we’ve got to get with it.”


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