TWIN FALLS – The Times-News held is District IV football media day in Twin Falls Thursday.
Stay tuned for updates and video highlights from the day as we work toward our team-by-team preview that publishes on August 20. In the meantime, here are some highlights of sports reporter Victor Flores’ interviews with players and coaches from across the Great Basin Conference.
Highlights of interviews with 3A and 1A coaches and players will publish in Sunday’s paper.
Canyon Ridge head coach Sean Impomeni: “(Last year’s 3-6 season) was disappointing. We had our best year in the weight room. We had a great group of kids that I liked, that worked hard, they liked each other. But there was just something about our chemistry on Friday night that we didn’t produce. That says a lot about having to have the right kids.”
Canyon Ridge QB Jonathan Eastman: “We don’t have that much depth, but quality over quantity, right? We have the right dudes out there, and I think we’ll go far this year.”
Twin Falls DE Connor Bradley: “When we went 1-8 (in 2014), we had a lot of talent, but I feel like the team bond wasn’t very strong. 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.”
Twin Falls OL/DL Austin Hatch: “Last year, a lot of our losses were at the beginning of the year. I feel like we didn’t really have that bond on the field. We weren’t on the same page, and it kinda messed things up.”
Jerome OL/DL Dallyn Koch: “Not jumping ahead. We’d be like, ‘Oh, we’re gonna beat Wood River. Oh, we’re gonna beat Minico. Our team’s that good.’ It comes down to the final couple plays, and we mess up on them, and we lose. It goes from using skill to using heart, which leads to mistakes.”
Jerome RB/LB Colten Craig: “I think we can definitely improve on commitment towards the team. Big time kids showing up when they want and stuff like that. Once we get those dudes who aren’t really committed right now to be committed, I think we’ll be a pretty good team this year.”
Wood River K Taylor Koth: “Our goal is to make a playoff game. We know we lost 20 starting seniors (from last year’s team that won the Great Basin Conference), but that’s in the past. We’re focusing on the future now with new guys and people that can rise to the occasion.”