Genesee High School
Conference: 1AD1 Whitepine League
Classification: 1A D1
Head Coach: Jason Hanson
Years as Head Coach: 11th Season
Record Last Year: 6-4
State Titles: 1965, 2005
TE/LB Eddie Becker (Soph)
OL/DL Cole Allen (Soph)
OL/DL Coy Stout (Soph)
RB/DB Garrett Borth (Jr)
QB/LB Kyle Moser (Jr)
RB/DB Carson Parkins (Sr)
Photo By: Mark Borth - #12 Garrett Borth
“Key Players” lost from last year:
QB/LB Beau Tilleman
RB/LB Austen Jones
Incoming “impact” players:
RB/LB Hayden Woods (Soph)
OL/DL Kade Best (Jr)
Written by: Will Hoenike (@willhoenike)
Head Coach Jason Hanson isn’t conceding anything. But he and his staff understand that the Genesee Bulldogs are young in a tough, tough White Pine League.
“We need to get confident quickly,” Hanson told IdahoSports.com. “Being in the White Pine League is a tough task.”
Tough? The defending state champion resides in the White Pine (Prairie) and that team returns three first-team All-State players, including the Idaho 1A Player of the Year. Kamiah has the look of a daunting foe, rival Troy always has the look of a daunting foe.
“It (the Genesee/Troy game) is at Troy and it has been a long time since we have beat them there,” Hanson noted of his team’s biggest rival, located about a 30-minute car ride away. That game is scheduled for Friday, September 25.
Before that game, though, the Bulldogs will look to gain the confidence that Hanson craves. His team features three, young linemen up front in junior Kade Best and sophomores Cole Allen and Coy Stout. Those three will be charged with protecting junior quarterback Kyle Moser on offense and creating pressure on opposing quarterbacks on defense.
How important are those three? Consider: Genesee averaged just over 40 points per game last season. Prairie, the defending state champions, averaged over 60. Lapwai averaged around 50 points per football game. Potlatch put up 90 points in a game. Kamiah exceeded 60 points in five different occasions last season and notched 58 in a sixth.
The point – if you want to succeed in the White Pine, you’re going to do it against offenses capable of putting up big numbers. Which means getting stops which, football players and fans are told repeatedly, starts up front. The Bulldogs have to replace linebackers Beau Tilleman and Austen Jones, but have Moser and sophomore Eddie Becker lining up behind the defensive front of Best – Allen – Stout. If Moser and Becker have big years defensively, along with newcomer Hayden Woods at the linebacker position, Genesee should be playing postseason football. Junior Garrett Borth and senior Carson Parkins round out the defense in the secondary.
Moser will trigger the offense with Becker at tight end. Parkins and Woods will spend time in the backfield as well.
“We need everyone ready to contribute and focus on the team,” Hanson said. “As we do our best as individuals.”
The Bulldogs get Prairie, in Cottonwood, on September 4. That puts added importance in games one and three on the schedule, where Genesee takes on 1A Division 2 foes Kendrick (six wins in 2014) and Deary (seven wins in 2014).
The confidence the Bulldog staff seeks likely lies on these games. Both present challenges but, if Genessee wins each, the team will hit the conference portion with two wins under its belt and some much-needed game experience for the young Bulldogs.