Big summer for Woodcreek High School football looms

By: Cameron Salerno
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The Timberwolves are on a mission this year.
Woodcreek joins the Capital Valley Conference this fall and will look for new rivalries and conference games with Woodcreek being a proud member of the SFL since the school opened and have been training this summer to prepare for it.
“Our new league gives us a better opportunity to win football games than in the SFL,” Woodcreek co-head coach Kyle Stowers said. “We take it one day at a time and our mindset is to do your job, and if each person does their job, the wins will add up.” 
Woodcreek during the summer has already been mentally preparing for the fall’s long grind by playing in many 7v7 games early on. 
“The competition we have faced this year in 7v7 has been very good for us,” senior Carter Krupp said. “On offense, we have faced defenses that have put us in tough situations and has given us an opportunity to push through adversity and still push the ball and do our job.”
Woodcreek early on has taken on teams such as Colfax, Whitney and Lincoln in 7v7 competition but the highlight of the summer will be marked by the Timberwolves competing in a passing tournament in the Bay Area in mid-July.  
“The passing tournament in the Bay Area should be great,” Krupp said. “I remember that the Woodcreek team two years won the championship for it so we have high hopes coming into this and big shoes to fill. We are just looking to get better and learn to do our own job.”
Headlining the returners will be senior quarterback and defensive back Carter Krupp, who made a big impact last year on a young Timberwolves team last fall.
“(Carter) has only been playing quarterback two years and he is really starting to understand the game,” Stowers said. “He has really learned how to read a defense and how to pick apart coverage. I think it is a big credit to him and all the hard work he has put in, in the offseason.”
Additionally, Woodcreek will feature one of the tallest receiving groups not only in the CVC but the Sacramento area. Wideout Matt Wilford, 6’5, is the main returnee with two years of varsity experience under his belt. Also, Woodcreek managed to pull in 6’6 Keeshawn Bell and 6’8 Hudson Habermehl from other sports across campus to lead the Woodcreek receiving group. 
“Anytime you have big receivers, it is huge,” Stowers said. “It allows you as a quarterback to miss a little bit, and for us as a program, we like having the basketball kids because they can jump and get the ball.”
Woodcreek also returns three starters from last season’s offensive line that helped protect Krupp and helped lead a veer running based offense succeed. 
“We are still running a little bit of the veer and it is still apart of our offense,” Stowers said. “The key for us this year is having a core of our offensive line from last year returning and having them set the tone upfront.” 
Woodcreek opens the season at home on Aug. 17 versus Rio Americano and will make their quest for their first winning season in school history and first playoff appearance since 2009. 
“(All of this) is getting us prepared mentally and physically for a 48-minute football game,” Stowers said. “We tell our kids a football season is like building a house, and over the spring and summer, you have to work hard to build that solid foundation.”