Head Coach: Allyn Reynolds, 11th year
2016 Record: 5-5 (4-1 4A Great Basin Conference)
Playoffs: Lost to Middleton 32-14 in first round of 4A playoffs
Twin Falls returned to the 4A playoffs last season, but is still looking for its first playoff win since 2009, despite making the playoffs in all but one of those seasons.
They return plenty of firepower on the defensive side of the ball, including linebackers Ryder Deloera and Bentley Swensen and defensive ends Connor Bradley and Cy Mahlke.
“When we went 1-8 (in 2014), we had a lot of talent, but I feel like the team bond wasn’t very strong,” Bradley said at the Times-News media day in July. “It just goes to show it doesn’t matter how much talent you have, you have to actually work as a team to be successful.”
The offensive side of the ball is riddled with open positions however, starting with the graduation of quarterback Zach Malina.
“We’re going to miss Zach. He was a real leader on the field the last two years,” said 11th-year head coach Allyn Reynolds. “Whoever takes that job will have some big shoes to fill.”
As of the first week of practice Twin Falls had three players competing for the starting quarterback spot—juniors Gage Plew and Collin Aardema and sophomore Carson Walters—though none had separated from the pack yet.
The Bruins also must find a replacements at fullback and wide receiver. Senior multisport standouts Preston and Drew Meyerhoeffer are suiting up for the football team for the first time in several years. Though they are unquestionably strong athletes, the development of their hands and football knowledge could determine the firepower of the Bruins’ offense.
“This is one of the more focused groups that we’ve had during the first week of practice. If we maintain that focus, we’re only going to keep getting better as the year goes on,” said Reynolds. “We’ve been pleased with their willingness to do the right thing on the field and learn their assignments.”