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Weekly Updates

11/2/13 - Week 9: Our Bruin football team went down to defeat last Friday night for the first time since the second week of the season. We ran into a very good football team in the Kuna Kavemen. They are the 3rd seeded team in the Boise valley when playoffs start this week. We could run into each other again should they beat Bishop Kelly and we defeat Century this Friday. We needed that game last Friday as a test before the playoffs to see where we stand. We found out a few things about ourselves and we need to work on some of those things to have a chance to go deep into the playoffs for the remainder of the season. We needed to make a couple of key plays in the Kuna game and we would have been right there to claim another victory this season. We will see what kind of a team we are coming off of a defeat. Good football teams come back better not worse after a defeat.

We face the Century Diamondbacks in the first round of the playoffs this Friday night in Bruin Stadium. Century is the second place team out of the East. They are a very good team and will be a great test for us in the first round. They have played most of their opponents very tough this season and have earned the right to be in the playoffs. We are going to have to play our best football of the season to advance to the next week. There are 8 teams left in division 4A football, and they are the best 8 teams at this point. We have to understand that the game will get faster, more intense, and everything is on the line for each quarter we play. Our guys cannot afford to take a play off, as it may cost us the end of our season. We believe our guys understand this and we are looking forward to the test this coming Friday. We hope that you will get out and support the Bruins and be a part of our State Championship run. Thanks for all of your support so far this season.

GO BRUINS!
Coach Reynolds

10/26/13 - Week 8: Our football team reached a goal that we set last spring practice this past Friday night. That goal was to win the conference championship outright this season. We accomplished that by defeating Burley 35 to 8. We were undefeated in conference play for the first time since we entered the 4A classification. We are very proud of this accomplishment, but we now must re-focus and begin to get ready for post season play. We fell behind in the first quarter 8 to 0, and it was probably the poorest execution of football our team has experienced the entire season. We regained our composure in the second quarter and scored 22 unanswered points to take a 22 to 8 halftime lead. We came out and shut the Bobcats out the second half and added 14 more points to secure the win. Our special teams came up big in the second quarter with the recovery of two consecutive on side kicks that both resulted in touchdowns. We felt like we had a good chance each time we kicked off because of some weaknesses in their kickoff receiving team that we picked up on film during the week of preparation. Our preparation paid off for us.

We travel to Kuna this Friday to play a non-conference game against the Kuna Kavemen. They are the 3rd place team in district 3 and most likely will be in the state championship playoffs. It will be a good test for our team going into the playoffs ourselves. We will have to have great execution on all facets of the game......offense, defense, and the kicking game. We are looking forward to this challenge going into our playoff season. The best part of winning last Friday night is we now have home field advantage during the entire playoff run. We will host the 2nd place team out of District 5/6 on November the 8th at 7:00 pm. We hope that you will make future plans to come out and see us play and cheer the Bruins on to a victory as we make our quest of a state championship this year. It will be a tough battle and a very big challenge, but we believe our team is looking forward to this challenge. Thank you for all of your support and we hope to see you in Bruin Stadium a week from this Friday.

GO BRUINS!
Coach Reynolds

10/19/13 - Week 7: We came up with 3 program wins this week against Canyon Ridge High School. Our freshman team won 31 to 0 and our junior varsity team defeated the RiverHawks 38 to 0 this past Thursday night. On Friday night the varsity won the 5th consecutive Service Bowl with a 32 to 19 win. It is always an honor to play the game for those who serve our country in our armed services. It was our 6th win of the season, but more importantly our 4th conference win putting us in a good position to win the conference championship and home field advantage in the playoffs. Bruin Stadium was full of energy last Friday night and it was a great Friday night atmosphere for high school football.

We scored first and Canyon Ridge answered to make the score 7 to 7. From that point we scored 17 unanswered points in the first half to make the score 24 to 7 at halftime. We scored on 4 touchdown passes which we have not done all season. We were pleased to do that. Our defense came up with one turnover, 2 short of our game goal. We again gave up an on side kick and missed extra points by them being blocked. We must shore our special teams up and get better at winning the special teams portion of a football game. In the end we came up with the victory and maintained "The Bucket" in our trophy case for another year. We were proud of the way our kids played.

This Friday we host the Burley Bobcats and it will be senior/teacher appreciation night. This has become an annual event for our graduating senior players where they are escorted in by family members and each player has picked his most inspirational teacher to also be there to see him in. With a victory on Friday night, we will clinch the conference championship and secure home field advantage for the playoffs all the way up to the State Championship game. Burley will come into Bruin Stadium with a 5 and 2 record. This is the best record that Burley has had since 2002. We must remained focused on what is at stake at the end of the night. We will have to play a solid football game in order to come away with a victory. We hope that you will come out and see the Bruins play this Friday, as it will be our last regular season home game. We are pushing for a playoff run and Friday's game has important implications in that playoff run. Thanks for all of your support!

GO BRUINS!
Coach Reynolds

10/12/13 - Week 6: Our freshman football team went down to defeat last Thursday in an overtime loss to Wood River. We had a chance to win the game in overtime but were not able to take an advantage of the opportunity. Our junior varsity did not have a game due to the fact that Wood River does not have enough players to field a JV team. Our O'Leary Cubs 7th and 8th grade teams are still undefeated as both teams defeated East Minico this past week. Congratulations so far to Coach Garbett, his staff, and his players for a good season so far. Keep up the good work.

The varsity traveled 70 players to Wood River last Friday and came away with a 48 to 13 victory over the Wolverines. We were very happy that every one of the 70 players got to break the huddle at least one time in the game. We started slow but scored 35 unanswered points in the second quarter and were able to rest our starters in the second half and let our backups and junior varsity players finish the game. We had another solid performance from our defense and our offense got un tracked in the second quarter with a solid showing. The kicking game was much better this week. The only concern we had in the special teams area is that we let two on side kickoff attempts by Wood River end up back in the hands of the Wolverines. We came out of the contest with no significant injuries and are looking forward to this week.

This Friday evening marks the 5th annual "Service Bowl" hosted in Bruin Stadium at 7:00 pm. We will be playing our cross town rival Canyon Ridge and we will honor all those men and women that either have served or are serving in our armed services. It is our way as a community school district to say thank you to all of those who serve this country each and every day to protect and defend our freedom. Canyon Ridge is coming off a win last week at Buhl and will be looking for a conference win. We will be looking for our 4th conference win of the season and a chance to secure home field advantage should we be fortunate to make the playoffs this season. The game has been well attended in the past and we hope the same will happen this year. It is a chance for our community to come out and see a community only football game and share in honoring our folks of the military. We hope that all of you will show up in Bruin Stadium this Friday night and cheer on your Bruins and show your gratitude to those who serve.

GO BRUINS!
Coach Reynolds

10/5/13 - Week 5: Our freshman football team had a bye this week and our junior varsity team lost to Skyline 27 to 20 last Thursday night. They got off to a slow start, but played solid football the 2nd half of the game. When they put four quarters of football together, they are going to be a good football team.

The varsity traveled to Idaho Falls on Friday to play the Skyline Grizzlies in a non-conference football game. We were victorious defeating the Grizzlies 40 to 20 on a cold crisp October evening. Our defense came up with 7 takeaways and were very solid all night. We were impressed by the physical play of our defense from the first quarter to the end of the game. The offense got back on track and put 40 points on the scoreboard. We experienced the luxury of playing on a short field most of the night due to the defenses ability to get turnovers. We had a very balanced attack with 245 yards rushing and 240 yards passing. The biggest concern we had coming out of Friday night was the inconsistency of our kicking game. We need to clean this up if we expect to make the playoffs and go deep into the playoff season.

We travel to Wood River High School to take on the Wolverines this Friday night. We will be Wood River's homecoming and we hope to play the spoiler to their homecoming week. Our freshman will play Wood River in Bruin Stadium this Thursday at 6:30 pm due to the fact that Wood River does not have a junior varsity team this year. Note the time change for our freshman game this week. We will have to play a solid football game in all three aspects if we expect to come away with a win this week. We need to work very hard in practice this week to get better. We will be traveling a few more sophomore players this Friday hoping to allow them to see game action this week, since they do not have a football game this Thursday. If you get a chance to come out and see the Bruins play this year, please take the opportunity to do so. We like the direction our program is taking at this point in time of our 2013 season. Thanks to all of you who have supported us this year and continue to support Bruin Athletics.

GO BRUINS!
Coach Reynolds

9/28/13 - Week 4: It was a very successful week for the entire Bruin Football program versus Jerome. Our 7th and 8th grade teams at O’Leary defeated Jerome on Tuesday. Our freshman and junior varsity teams won on Thursday and our varsity put an exclamation mark on this year's TFHS homecoming by defeating the Tigers 19 to 14 this past Friday night. Our defense came up big coming up with three turnovers and holding their running game to under 100 yards. It has been Jerome's running game in the past couple of contest that we have had a hard time stopping. We were able to keep their passing game in front of us most of the night. We gave up a long touchdown pass, but we had very good coverage and the play resulted because of a nice throw and catch by the Tigers. Our offense sputtered a little but we did enough to put a victory on the board. Our punting game was solid and we were able to turn the field over when our offense got stopped. We have a lot of work to do this week to shore up some offensive line play. We must get better up front offensively if we expect to win more football games.

We travel to Idaho Falls this Friday to take on the Skyline High School Grizzlies. They are another 5A football team and will be a tough road test for us. Skyline has won two games and lost three so far this season. They are always a very aggressive football team and will give the Bruins all we want this coming Friday. We hope to get our offense back on track and continue to play tough defensively. We have been very pleased with our team's progress so far this year. We will work to improve this week and shore up some of the things that we need to improve on. We hope that you will continue to support the Bruins and we are looking forward to this Friday's contest in Idaho Falls.

GO BRUINS!
Coach Reynolds

9/21/13 - Week 3: The Twin Falls Football program came up with two wins this week against the Minico Spartans. Our freshmen won, junior varsity lost and our varsity came up with a huge first conference win last Friday night, winning 40 to 19. It was our first win in Minico since 2005 and we were very pleased with our team's performance. We came out and gave up a touchdown on Minco’s first offensive possession, but after that, we were in control of the football game. We answered their first touchdown with a touchdown on our next drive that was helped out with a 60 plus yard pass on our first play from scrimmage. We put up over 500 total yards in offense and our defense came up with four turnovers. Needless to say, it was a good night for the Bruins.

We host the Jerome Tigers this week. It is Homecoming Week at Twin Falls High School and there will be a few distractions that our football team will have to overcome in preparing for the Tigers. Jerome is coming off its first conference win this past week. They defeated Canyon Ridge 19 to 10 and so we will have two undefeated conference teams playing each other this Friday night in Bruin Stadium. One team will stay undefeated and the other will get its first conference loss. Jerome handed us our first conference loss last season and we hope we do not end up in that situation again. It will be a tough test for the Bruins and we are looking forward to the challenge. We hope that you will all come out and support the Bruins this week, and if you are a Twin Falls High School graduate, come back home. Thanks for all of your support.

GO BRUINS!
Coach Reynolds

9/14/13 - Week 2: The Bruin Football program was put to the test this past week and we came up short in all three contests. This past Thursday our Freshman and Junior Varsity football teams both lost to Highland High School of Pocatello.

On Friday, our Varsity football team traveled to Pocatello and play Highland in Holt Arena. We lost 31 to 16 to a very good football team. As a staff, we felt like we got better in all areas of our team this week. We did not come away from a victory but we got better on offense, defense was able to contain a very high-octane offense, and we got a little better in our special teams. Our goal was to improve from the first week and we felt we were able to do this. We felt like our two young quarterbacks did a better job this week in moving the team and executing the offense. Our defense was able to come with our team goal of at least three turnovers per game and held the Highland offense to under 150 yards passing which is a difficult thing to do most years. We still need a great deal of work in our kicking game and we have some personnel package issues to clean up.

We have a big week ahead of us as we begin conference play with our first conference game against the Minico Spartans. The past several years the conference championship has landed with either of our two programs. Minico is coming off a win against conference foe and area rival Burley. We need to have a good week of preparation as we prepare to travel to Minico to take on the Spartans this Friday night at 7:00 pm. We hope that all you Bruin fans will come out and support Bruin football programs this week.

Go Bruins
Coach Reynolds

9/8/13 - Week 1: The Twin Falls Bruin Football team opened up this week with 3 games. Our freshman defeated Hillcrest and our Junior Varsity team went down to defeat.

Our Varsity football team earned its first win of the season with a 4 overtime victory 32 to 26 last Friday night in Bruin Stadium. The game ended in a 12 to 12 deadlock and each team is given the opportunity to have 4 offensive plays to score from the opponents 10 yard line. It took 4 of those situations to finally determine a winner and the Bruins showed a great deal of heart and determination to pull out the victory. We were so proud of the way our guys played like winners the entire game. We had a couple of setbacks in regulation play, but our guys kept fighting back.

We have plenty of work to do for the upcoming week and we have a very solid opponent in the Highland Rams of Pocatello. Highland is 2 - 0 for the season and is coming off a come from behind victory over Century of Pocatello this past week. They are always a top 5A team in the state of Idaho and they will be a great test for our football team. We hope to continue to get better and prepare our football team for league play that starts the 3rd game of our season.

We hope that you will continue to support the Bruins throughout the season and make plans to come to our next home game which is Homecoming on the 27th of September against the Jerome Tigers. Thanks for supporting Bruin Football

GO BRUINS!
Coach Reynolds

8/20/13 - Pre-Season: Our 2013 football season began August 16th, with a military "Boot Camp" in the south hills for our juniors and seniors. We had 47 young men participate in a boot camp conducted by our own 116th Army National Guard Unit here in Twin Falls Idaho. We feel it was an eye opening experience for our players and we met the objectives we sat out to meet when we came off the mountain that Saturday.

Football practice began on the 19th and we had 119 young men turn out grades 9 through 12. We completed our double days this past Friday and we still have a lot of work to do in order to be prepared for our first contest with the Hillcrest High School Knights at Bruin Stadium on September 6th at 7:00 pm.

We will conduct an inter squad scrimmage on Thursday, September 29th at 6:15 with our mandatory parent meeting to follow the scrimmage. We hope that you will all get out and attend both the scrimmage and the parent meeting.

Our Freshman and Junior Varsity teams will travel to Idaho Falls on the 5th to play Hillcrest's freshman and junior varsity teams. The frosh game will start at 4:00 with the junior varsity team to follow at approximately 6:30 pm. We all hope that you are making plans to come out and support the Bruin Football program this season. As a reminder, any Bruin Football youth camper, who wears his or her 2013 camp shirt shirt to our first home game against Hillcrest will get into the game free of charge. Thanks for supporting Bruin Football.

GO BRUINS!
Coach Reynolds