Whitney improves to 2-0 with victory at Woodland

By: Chayla Furlong
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Whitney High’s varsity football team improved to 2-0 on the season, both wins on the road, by topping the Woodland Wolves 22-12 Friday night. “We didn’t play our best game,” Whitney head coach Mike Gimenez said. “But I think that’s a sign of a good team, when you don’t play your best and you still win.” Gimenez, formerly a coach and star player for Woodland, gives credit to his old team. “They were solid and big, and really physical,” he said. “But we still found a way.” The game started slowly for both sides and Whitney led 9-6 at the break. Whitney came out strong after halftime and was able to overcome the back and forth scoring that occurred in the first half. “Last week it was so easy,” Gimenez said. “When it was harder this week, it took the kids a little bit of the game to settle down and relax.” Halfback Zack Graves agreed with his coach. “We had some ups and downs in the game,” Graves said. “But we outscored our opponents in the second half and that helped us win.” Graves led the Wildcats with 195 rushing yards and Jake Snyder (66 receiving yards) was quarterback Charlie Hetland’s top target. Graves scored Whitney’s first touchdown with a 68-yard run and he added another rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Snyder returned a kick for a touchdown in the third quarter and Nick Law kicked a field goal for the Wildcats in the first half. The coaches are happy their team pulled out a win for their second week in a row on the road. Whitney topped Idaho Falls in Idaho 48-0 to open the season a week ago. “We told the boys it was going to be a challenge,” Gimenez said. “We knew if we could come out (ok), at least 1-1, it would be good; so coming out 2-0 on the road gives us a lot of confidence.” Gimenez is looking forward to the Wildcats’ first home game against Valley next week. “We’re going to be happy to be home,” he said. “We need some rest and a little energy boost - something to get us going. We went undefeated at home last year and that should give us a boost.”