Garden Valley High School
Conference: 1AD2 Long Pin Conference
Classification: 1A D2
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Head Coach: Jason Yearsley
Years as Head Coach: 6th Season
Previous Experience: Optimist, Middle School and Assistant Varsity since 2005
Record Last Year: 0-9
State Titles: 1991
Gage Peterson, RB/LB, 10
Zack Johnson, RB/LB, 12
Darrell Lindstrom-Peppers, QB/DE, 11
Spencer Ward, OL/DL, 12
Incoming impact players:
Trystan Knox, WR/LB, 11
Sean Morris, WR/S, 12
Written by: Sven Alskog
Thing didn't go as planned for Garden Valley in 2015, with the offense failing to eclipse 14 points in each game outside of the season opener against Glenns Ferry, and the defense allowing over 50 points in every contest.
A tough 0-9 season was the end result, and it is safe to say the team is ready to jump back on the field and get things back on track in the new year.
Sixth year Head Coach Jason Yearsley brings back just about everybody, with the younger players receiving plenty of experience during what was a rebuilding year.
On offense the Wolverines hope to use an improved front to create some more holes to go through in opposing defenses.
"We are balanced this year and very fast," said Yearsley. "We have the ability to pound as well as go over the top. Our offensive line is very improved and everybody seems to mesh this year."
Spencer Ward provides the bulk and strength on each line, along with senior leadership. Behind him, running backs Zack Johnson and Gage Peterson will receive lots of opportunities.
On the other side of the ball it will be a completely different look for Garden Valley, as things can only get better from what was a struggle to slow down opposing offenses all of last year.
"Speed and aggressiveness were our huge strengths in camp," said Yearsley. "We have totally revamped our defense. [Coach] Jim Dovel will make the calls and has our guys dialed [in]."
The 1AD2 Long Pin Conference looks to be wide-open this season, however, the teams at the top such as Council, Salmon River and Tri-Valley will make for a challenging matchup week-in and week-out for each team.
Garden Valley gets 2016 underway with a home game on August 26 against a tough Notus squad.