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Buhl High School

School Info
Conference: 3A Sawtooth Central Idaho Conference
Classification: 3A




Head Coach: Rick Wells

Years as Head Coach: 1

Previous Experience: 12 years in Oregon

Record Last Year: 2-7

State Titles: 1978, 1979

Assistant Coaches:
Oparnico, Seth Blick, Jimmy Newberry, Anthony Gaus


Who do you have coming back this year?
Kasey Crossland Wr/DB 11;
Brayden Israel QB/DB 12;
Tegon Tonge RB/DB 11;
Brady Wonenberg OL/LB 12;
Brandon Smalley OL/DL 12;
Matt Dekruyf TE/LB 12


Do you have any new incoming “impact” players?
Tegon Tonge #8 RB/DB 11

Photo By: Steve Conner - #11 Matt Dekruyf
As a team, what are your offensive strengths?
Quickness, balanced offense.

Offensive areas you hope to improve on over last year:
Ball Control, Scoring

As a team, what are your defensive strengths?
Quickness, Tackling.

Defensive Areas you hope to improve on over last year:
Turnover margin, Points allowed.

Does your team have a motto/theme for the upcoming season?
Be Great

What are you most excited about in regards to this year’s team?
New interest and new players, potential for long term sustained program.

For the fans, what is the must-see game of the year on your schedule?
Gooding, Hopefully we will be playing for league championship.

What is the ‘X-Factor’ to having success this season as a team?
Remaining healthy, and development of new players.

If you could change one rule in high school football, what would it be?
A kickoff should not be dead when kicked into the end zone, it should either be downed or returned. Eliminates a crucial exciting part of a football game, and is only a rule in high school. Silly to me. Additionally, I would change the width of our hashes. I have always felt they were way too wide. We should use the college field setup

Besides the pay, the fame and the glory, why do you coach high school football?
I am student focused, the game should be about kids who choose to do something difficult, in order to have fun. I have a blast coaching students, the relationship that we develop is so important. Many kids don’t have adults that they can trust and rely on. I hope I am an adult they can rely on.

What makes your school the best place to coach for?
The kids are fantastic, I love coaching them, and a supportive administration and great community members puts the icing on the cake.


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