Timberline (Boise) High School
Conference: 5A Southern Idaho Conference - West Division Pod B
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Head Coach: Kirk Copeland
Years as Head Coach: 7th Season
Previous Experience: Assistant at Bonneville and Timberline
Record Last Year: 7-2
State Titles: None
Matt Roberts; Running back, Senior
Aaron Crockett; Tight end, Senior
Ryan Uria; Wide receiver, Senior
Matt Crawford; Quarterback/ Wide receiver, Senior
Dawson Zebarth; Defensive back, Senior
Tyler Diehl; Linebacker, Senior
Ardan Berg; Defensive back, Senior
Jake Mendiola; Linebacker, Senior
Ayden Callahan; Defensive line, Senior
David Hollbrook; Offensive/Defensive line, Junior
Gus Kormylo; Offensive/Defensive line, Junior
Ryan Pke; Offensive/Defensive line, Junior
Izaak Oakey; Offensive line, Senior
Returning Players with Honors:
Matt Roberts; Running back – Honorable mention for All-Conference
Photo By: Steve Conner - #3 Matt Roberts
Incoming impact players:
Iven Etienne; Wide receiver/ Running back, Junior
Jacob Pinkney; Running back, Junior
Matt Stefanic; Linebacker, Junior
Zach Paporello; Linebacker, Junior
Written by: Lucas Gebhart
Timberline was able to grab a playoff spot after a 7-2 record in the regular season. The Wolves drew a tough team in the first round, Madison.
Not only is it a four hour drive to Rexburg, but the Bobcats were heavily favored and it showed, as the Wolves saw their season end with a 49-7 loss. Make that two years in a row where Timberline saw their season end with a road playoff loss to the Bobcats.
Head coach Kirk Copeland doesn’t quite know what to expect from his 2016 Wolves, as they will be an inexperienced bunch. Copeland is facing the challenge of getting his players where they need to be.
Although senior running back, Matt Roberts, returns off his All-Conference honorable mention season, the Wolves need to get tougher.
That is where their moyto for this season comes into play; Black and Blue.
At the forefront of this goal are returning linemen Ayden Callahan, David Hollbrook, Gus Kormylo, Ryan Pke and Izaak Oakey, most of which will play both sides of the ball.
The strength of this Timberline team, however, will be the quickness of the receivers. Ryan Uria and Iven Etienne are both returning for their senior campaigns and look for Copeland to utilize their speed in various ways. Screen plays, quick hitches, deep throws and maybe even an end around, these two play-makers will touch the football a lot this season.
Throwing them the ball will be senior quarterback, Matt Crawford, who is also listed as a receiver.
Joining Roberts in the backfield will be Jacob Pinkney. The junior and senior combo will be a double-headed monster in the backfield, but the offensive line must provide running lanes or else the Wolves will struggle.
Timberline’s linebackers have potential to be great this season. Jake Mendiola, and Tyler Diehl are seniors and Copeland has seen great things from Tanner Tracy and Matt Stefanic who will be thrown into the mix.
If Timberline can play as well as they did last season on defense, they could have another good year.
The last couple years, Timberline seems to be fighting for their playoff lives, with each week being that much more important than the next.
The Borah-Timberline game has had significant playoff implications the last few seasons, with both teams fighting for a playoff spot.
This year they are slighted for Oct. 7, the teams have split the series 2-2 the last four years.