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High school football

Woodcreek says hello to bye week

T-wolves now can heal wounds, prepare for Whitney, SFL
By: Kayla Nix
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Bye week finally has arrived for Woodcreek High School’s football team, and with it, a chance to heal numerous injuries and sharpen its game before Sierra Foothill League competition begins. “Let’s use it wisely,” Timberwolves coach John Hildebrand said. “We’ve got some healing to do, and we need to put in some work. There are things we could do better.” Woodcreek (3-1) will be host to Whitney on Oct. 1 in its homecoming game – and final nonleague game – before opening SFL play at Roseville on Oct. 8. “We’ve never played them,” Hildebrand said of Whitney, which is 2-1 after beating Vanden of Fairfield 39-36 on Friday. “They have a nice tradition for a young school. We’ll see if we can start fast and finish strong.” The Timberwolves jumped to their first stellar start of the season Friday and finished with a 35-7 win at home over Bear River. “We’ve started out slow in games this season,” Hildebrand said, adding that Friday’s emphasis was, “Let’s go right from the start.” Injury-riddled Woodcreek finally gave itself breathing room early and coasted to victory. After sustaining more injuries in a win over Oakmont on Sept. 10, Hildebrand had concern going into Friday’s game against tough, physical and undefeated Bear River. “The opening kick was the start of the whole thing,” Bear River coach Scott Savoie said of his team’s struggle against Woodcreek. “We got knocked on our heels early.” Woodcreek’s J.J. Nourth returned the opening kickoff 54 yards. The Timberwolves followed with a touchdown drive that ended with a 25-yard run by Blake Cervantes less than three minutes into the game. Quarterback Shaun Mize doubled Woodcreek’s lead to 14-0 on a 25-yard keeper with 40 seconds left in the opening quarter. The Timberwolves sneaked in a third touchdown just before halftime, as Mize connected with Justin Rogers on a 30-yard pass for a 21-0 lead. A Dylan Zuverink 34-yard interception return gave Woodcreek a 28-0 lead in the third period. It was Zuverink’s third interception return for a score this season. Bear River (3-1) finally scored early in the fourth quarter on a 12-yard run by Justin Butler, but Woodcreek answered on Mize’s second touchdown pass of the game, an eight-yarder to Luke Summers with 5:11 left. Mize has 480 yards passing and eight touchdown throws this season with just one interception. Cervantes has rushed for 503 yards.