KIMBERLY • Prior to the players on either side breaking a sweat, before the first gulps of Gatorade had even settled into various stomachs and way before the lights were turned on over the field, Kimberly was on the board.
The Bulldogs scored on its third offensive play of the game and never looked back, taking down 4A foe Burley 48-6 Friday night at Kimberly High School.
“It’s crucial to get something going early offensively to get those jitters out,” said Kimberly head coach Rich Bishop.
“Our kids came onto the field, took advantage of the opportunity and punched it in early.”
After a defensive stop to begin the game, quarterback Zach Wright found the end zone from four yards out. On the Bulldogs’ next possession, he found Mason Egbert in the flat and the junior receiver raced 83 yards for another touchdown.
Leading 14-0 after the first quarter, Wright continued his aerial assault when he hit Canyon Olsen for a 54-yard score. Feeling confident and in control, Wright notched another rushing touchdown before hitting Zac Hallet from 28 yards out.
When the night was finished, Wright had been involved in five Bulldog touchdowns.
“Zach is a hard worker, he’s a good athlete and he has the ability to make plays with his feet,” Bishop said. “He didn’t have his best game, but he came back and made some big plays.”
Burley head coach Jed Thomas, leading a young group of Bobcats, felt his players were in the right places at the times, but lacked finishing ability.
“We were in the right spots, but we gave up some big plays,” he said. “The little things come back to get you every time.
“We have a young team, and I’m trying to stay positive with them because they have so much talent. Those little things, we’ll hit them in practice on Monday.”
The Bobcats got on the board in the fourth quarter when senior Michael Dayley hit Emilio Polanco from 19 yards out. Defensively, sophomore Beau Phipps set the tone for Burley.
“Beau is very vocal,” Thomas said. “He’ll let you know when he made a big play. He stood out for us tonight, and the kids follow his lead.”
Next week, Burley travels to Jerome to begin conference play against the Tigers. Kimberly will be in American Falls to face the Beavers.
“We have got talent. Depth is where we’re lacking,” Thomas said. “About 90 percent of our kids are playing both ways. We have to be well-conditioned, pin our ears back and just play.”
“It’s coach talk, and even though we put up 48 points, we were sloppy on offense at times,” Bishop said. “We need to clean things up moving forward and we have to know that each game we’ll be seeing different teams that will provide different challenges for us.”
Kimberly 48, Burley 6
Burley 0 0 0 6—6
Kimberly 14 20 7 7—48
K—Zach Wright 4 run (Zac Hallet kick) 11:04
K—Mason Egbert 83 pass from Wright (Hallet kick) 4:23
K—Canyon Olsen 54 pass from Wright (Hallet kick) 11:12
K—Wright 1 run (Kick fail) 7:04
K—Hallet 28 pass from Wright (Hallet kick) 2:19
K—Antwan Vega 1 run (Hallet kick) 9:23
B—Emilio Polanco 19 pass from Michael Dayley (Kick fail) 11:51
K—Josiah Schroeder 8 run (Hallet kick) 7:37