Canyon Ridge High School
Conference: 4A Great Basin Conference - West Pod
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Head Coach: Sean Impomeni
Years as Head Coach: 4th Season
Previous Experience: 16 Years
11 at Bishop Kelly
1 at Emmett (AD)
4 at Caldwell
Record Last Year: 4-6
State Titles: None
Johnny Eastman, QB, 12
MJ Brooks, RB, 12
Bam Kondracki, RB, 11
Nate Maxfield, OL, 11
Jesse Mark, DB, 12
Returning Players with Honors:
Jesse Mark, 2nd Team All-State DB
MJ Brooks, 1st Team All-Conference WR
Johnny Eastman, 2nd Team All-Conference QB
Nate Maxfield, 2nd Team All-Conference OL
Key Players lost from last year:
Zane Smith, 1st Team All-Conference OL
Kyle Symes, 1st Team All-Conference ILB
Luke Teske, 1st Team All-Conference OLB
Reilly Dahlquist, 2nd Team All-Conference RB
Bryck Morrison, 2nd Team All-Conference DL
Jared March, 2nd Team All-Conference K
Photo By: Steve Conner - #7 Johnny Eastman
Written By: Sven Alskog
After making the playoffs for the first time since 2014 last season, Canyon Ridge enters the new campaign with the expectation of getting back again.
Three players who earned All-Conference honors return on the offensive side of the ball, led by senior quarterback Johnny Eastman.
Eastman is benefited by having Nate Maxfield up front to block and the versatile MJ Brooks available out of the backfield and as a receiving threat.
“We are well-balanced with a returning starter at quarterback,” said head coach Sean Impomeni.
Bam Kondracki is another running back who will receive plenty of touches this season for the Riverhawks.
With the talented Eastman at the patrols, the hope is that Canyon Ridge can continue to further develop the passing game to make things difficult for opposing defensive coordinators.
Defensively, Impomeni has to replace linebackers Kyle Symes and Luke Teske, along with lineman Bryck Morrison. Many other members of the defense return however to make that a less daunting task.
“We have a lot of returning players that saw significant playing time last year,” added Impomeni.
Of course there are multiple areas for improvement that the coaching staff will have the players focusing on.
“Our ability to create turnovers and takeaways.”
Jesse Mark earned Second Team All-State honors last season and will be one of the leaders of the defense from his defensive back position.
As a collective unit on both sides of the ball, Canyon Ridge has plenty of good “team” guys, which always helps through the trials and tribulations of a football season.
“They are just a good group of individuals,” said Impomeni.
The Riverhawks join the west pod of the Great Basin Conference this season. Within that pod will be Twin Falls, Mountain Home, Wood River and Jerome. If the offense can continue to grow under the senior leadership of Eastman, it may very well be two Twin Falls schools taking the top two seeds out of the pod and earning playoff spots.
Impomeni and his team get the 2018 season started on August 24 by welcoming in Vallivue out of district three.