Timberline took a giant step forward last year, starting 4-0 and making back-to-back playoff appearances, both firsts in school history. But coach Kirk Copeland says the next step requires another first — a playoff victory.
“I think the kids have something to work for now,” Copeland said. “About three years ago, we said we have to build something. Other teams have tradition. Other schools have tradition. So these guys said they want to be the tradition.”
The first hurdle in that next step is replacing first-team All-Idaho running back Tyus Zimmerman, now a walk-on at Boise State.
Copeland said the Wolves will miss his big-play ability. But with a stable of Joey Manibusen, Matt Roberts, Mitchell Peirsol and Jacob Pinkney, he said Timberline should be more consistent.
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“We probably won’t have the number of big plays we’ve had,” Copeland said. “But I think we’ll have far more consistency in that 4- to 8-yard range.”
Senior receiver Terek Zimmerman should bring plenty of big plays. And quarterback Justin Lavin can also make defenders miss.
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PLAYERS TO WATCH
TEREK ZIMMERMAN, WR
The speedy three-year starter and second-team all-conference receiver hauled in 30 passes for 451 yards and six TDs last year. He has drawn interest from Stanford and Navy, coach Kirk Copeland said.
JUSTIN LAVIN, QB
The senior played six different positions during summer camp. But the elusive playmaker can give defenses headaches under center.
MITCHELL PEIRSOL, RB/DL/LB
The powerful and fast senior racked up 30 tackles (10 for loss) last year, and he’ll move around the field on offense.
RILEY KNIGHT, DL
The senior and three-year starter will anchor the defensive line for the Wolves as one of two returning starters.