Twin Falls High School
Conference: Great Basin (West) Conference
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Head Coach: Allyn Reynolds
Years as Head Coach: 9th Season
Previous Experience: 22 years as an assistant at Twin Falls
Record Last Year: 7-3
State Titles: 2004
Zach Malina, QB, 12
Efrain Contreras, RB, 12
Tommy Trumbo, WR, 12
Peyton Richardson, WR, 12
Nic Salinas, OL/DL, 12
Ryan Elle, TE, 12
Austin Hatch, OL/DL, 11
Kris Webb, DB, 12
Jose Gil, OL/LB, 12
Ryan Nolan, DB, 12
Chase Hagl, WR, 12
Dayton Harshbarger, OL, 12
Returning Players with Honors:
Ryan Nolan, All-Conference DB
Efrain Contreras, All-Conference RB
Key Players lost from last year:
Kole Bailey, All-State OL, full ride scholarship to Boise State
Dallin Hatch, LB/OL, Conference Defensive Player of the YeaR
Landon Hatch, OL
Ethan Rovig, OL
Evan Allen, All-Conference DE
Photo By: Willy Harris - #10 Zach Malina
Written by: Sven Alskog
Each year the Twin Falls football program seems to have a dominant offensive line with a strong running game behind it. With the loss of now Boise State lineman Kole Bailey, along with fellow linemen Dallin Hatch, Landon Hatch and Ethan Rovig, the challenge will be recreating that outstanding front.
Fortunately for ninth year Head Coach Allyn Reynolds the cupboard is by no means bare of offensive line prospects in the program, with a bevy of players ready to step in to help mitigate the losses.
Nic Salinas, Austin Hatch, Jose Gil and Dayton Harshbarger are four of the five who can be expected to fill a role on the line, with All-Conference running back Efrain Contreras ready for a big season behind them.
One of the more important things for the Bruins is the return of a well-seasoned senior quarterback to go alongside Contreras, allowing for continuity in understanding the playbook on offense.
"Zack Malina (pictured) is returning as our starting quarterback. Best leader we have coached in many years. He makes thing happen," said Reynolds. "Efrain Contreras is a very solid running back. We run a one-back set with multiple shifts and formations. We will try to establish the run first."
Reynolds says an area for improvement is for Twin Falls to develop into a better passing team, something Malina should be primed to help accomplish.
Dallin Hatch is the major loss from the defense, as he was the 4A Great Basin West Conference Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.
There is enough coming back however to help reduce the level of concern.
"Defensive secondary has 2 returning starters," said Reynolds. "We have good size up front. [We run a] 4-4 cover three base."
Ryan Nolan is an All-Conference returnee in that defensive secondary and will be complimented by Kris Webb.
With what should be a good defensive backfield, Reynolds says Twin Falls needs to find a way to get more pressure on opposing quarterbacks this season.
While the squad went undefeated in conference play in 2015, the big thing will be forgetting about all of that, as it is a whole new year with a much different looking team and opponents.
The 2016 season begins on August 26 with a home game against Vallivue. Twin Falls gets an early start to conference play with a week three matchup with Wood River.