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Homedale High School

School Info
Conference: 3A Snake River Valley Conference
Classification: 3A

Head Coach: Matt Holtry

Years as Head Coach: 8th Season

Previous Experience: Assistant at Nampa for 6 Seasons

Record Last Year: 5-4

State Titles: 1977, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1997

Assistant Coaches:
Tony Uranga
Randy Lyons
Alex Willson
Jamie Mertz
Tyler Ford
Cameron Long

Returning Players:
RB-SO Karsen Freelove
RB-JR Mason Kincheloe
H Back-SR Max Mertz
WR-SR Wyatt Wolfe
WR-JR Carson Brown
TE-SR Scott Matlock
OL-JR Clayton Wolfe
OL-SR Kaden Henry

DL-SR Scott Matlock
DL-JR Clayton Wolfe
LB-SR Wyatt Wolfe
LB-SR Kaden Henry
LB-SR Max Mertz
DB-JR Mason Kincheloe
DB-JR Carson Brown

Returning Players with Honors:
RB-SO Karsen Freelove, 2nd Team All-Conference
RB-JR Mason Kincheloe, Honorable Mention
WR-SR Wyatt Wolfe, 1st Team All-Conference
WR-JR Carson Brown, Honorable Mention
TE-SR Scott Matlock, Was a 2nd Team All-Conference OL last season
OL-JR Clayton Wolfe, 2nd Team All-Conference
OL-SR Kaden Henry, Honorable Mention

DL-SR Scott Matlock, 1st Team All-Conference
DL-JR Clayton Wolfe, Honorable Mention
LB-SR Wyatt Wolfe, 1st Team All-Conference
LB-SR Kaden Henry, 2nd Team All-Conference
LB-SR Max Mertz, Honorable Mention
DB-JR Mason Kincheloe, Honorable Mention
DB-JR Carson Brown, Honorable Mention

Key Players lost from last year:
OL- Wyatt Dorsey
TE- Kendall Freelove
QB/WR- Jake Deal

Team Preview:
Written by: Sven Alskog

Homedale had some hard-luck losses in 2016 that the team will look to avenge as the Trojans embark on a new year with plenty of promise for the group in place.

Lots of skill position talent is back on offense to go along with three All-Conference selections and four Honorable Mention All-Conference athletes on defense.

That combination should make the Trojans a tough out in the 3A ranks this season, as the team appears to be the primary challenger for defending state champion Fruitland in conference play.

Offensively look for the two-headed backfield tandem of Karsen Freelove and Mason Kincheloe to pace things when Homedale has the ball. Each back should benefit from a balanced attack that has big play capability from the receiver core as well in the form of First Team All-Conference honoree Wyatt Wolfe and Honorable Mention Carson Brown.

“In our skill positions we return a lot of starters from last year,” said Head Coach Matt Holtry. “Our spread offense and up-tempo no-huddle should have improved timing this year and should bring about better consistency.”

The offensive line is led by Clayton Wolfe and Kaden Henry, while Scott Matlock looks to move outside to tight end after earning Second Team All-Conference as a lineman last season.

On the back end of the Homedale defense, multiple starters return, giving confidence that the Trojans could be stingy on that side of the ball.

Those returners are highlighted by every member of the linebacker core and a couple of key defensive backs in Kincheloe and Brown. Matlock is an enforcer on the defensive line and Clayton Wolfe will be a big presence on the front as well.

“The return of several starters at linebacker and defensive back will bring more confidence and better communication,” said Holtry.

He hopes to see his group improve when it comes time to slow down the run.

Within a conference as tough as the SRV annually is, the Trojans know they have to be at the top of their game on a weekly basis.

“Each and every game is a must-see game in the SRV, as it is one of the most competitive conferences in the state,” added Holtry.

Homedale’s first test of 2017 will come on the road with a non-conference matchup against the New Plymouth Pilgrims on August 25.

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