Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Devin Buys breaks away for Salmon River's first score against Horseshoe Bend on the Savages' homecoming night, Oct. 9.
As of Wednesday, October 14, 2015
RIGGINS Salmon River coach Charlie Shepherd praised his offensive and defensive lines for their play against Horseshoe Bend on a night the host Savages were clearly amped up for homecoming, a night the visiting Mustangs were clearly overmatched in a 60-6 SRHS win last Friday night, Oct. 9.
Salmon River took over leadership of the Long Pin Conference earlier this month, and made only a few lapses despite the usual hubbub surrounding the royalty ceremony. In other words, the Savages looked like league leaders intent on protecting the gains they made a week prior.
“Beating Council put us in the driver’s seat,” Shepherd said. “Tri-Valley has the potential to knock us off.”
Against Council, Devin Buys literally carried the SRHS offense, with 44 rushing attempts. Against Horseshoe Bend, he ran it just eight times, but still piled up 127 yards and two scores.
So dominant was the Salmon River rushing offense that Shepherd turned more and more to the pass as the score got progressively more lopsided.
The Savages quarterbacks completed fewer than half their passes, though Tucker Boyd (seven of 10 for 32 yards and a touchdown) connected on a higher percentage than Branstetter (eight of 17 for 87 yards and two scores).
Defensively, four Savages came up with turnovers: Rylie Travis (five tackles and an interception), Canyon Harper (12 tackles and an interception), Branstetter (seven tackles and a fumble recovery) and Beaud Hopkins (eight tackles and an interception return touchdown) all made big plays.
“I’m real pleased with our overall team play,” Shepherd said. “We’re executing really well.”
Coming — Winless Garden Valley is next up for the Savages, who will host on Oct. 16 and fight the urge to look ahead to unbeaten Tri-Valley (5-0), which be in town on Oct. 23.
“Our run defense will be tested,” Shepherd said. “We’re pretty comfortable against the pass.”