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Mountain Home football trying to end losing streak, turn the corner

Mountain Home football making progess in Clark's second year

The Mountain Home football team went 0-9 in 2015, stretching its losing streak to 16 games. But Tigers coach Jim Clark said the program has come a long way in his second year at the helm.
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The Mountain Home football team went 0-9 in 2015, stretching its losing streak to 16 games. But Tigers coach Jim Clark said the program has come a long way in his second year at the helm.

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Entering the program as its fourth coach in the past calendar year, Jim Clark started last season in a no-win situation.

Mountain Home struggled, going 0-9 to stretch its losing streak to 16 games and its record the past five years to 2-43. But with a full offseason under his belt, Clark said the Tigers are miles ahead of where they were last year.

“Last year, we never even got into football,” Clark said. “We were too busy worried about attitudes, improving attitudes, improving motivation, getting kids to do something, to have some pride in what they’re doing. Now we’re getting a little bit more into the football side of things. We’ve actually got our schemes a little more developed.”

The Tigers’ triple-option attack returns, led by second-year starting quarterback Michael Campbell and five other returning starters. Clark said the offensive line is much improved, and the return of running back Chris Wright from a knee injury provides a big-time playmaker.

A more potent offense should help protect a defense put in unwinnable positions last year. Put them together, and the Tigers should see the proof of all that Clark has preached the past year.

“We’re getting them to see they can win, they can compete in this league,” Clark said.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Chris Wright, RB/DB

A weapon on both sides of the ball, the senior returns after an ACL tear sidelined him three games into 2015.

Michael Campbell, QB

An offseason learning the offense has the Tigers excited for what he can do in his second year as a starter.

Caleb Huntley, OL/DL

The 5-10, 200-pound senior transitions from fullback to the offensive line, bringing toughness and brains to the front.

Jonathan Kiser, OL/DL

The 6-3, 290-pound senior can play multiple positions on the offensive line and will see some snaps on defense this year too.

SCHEDULE

 

Date

Opponent

Time

Aug. 26

Jerome

7 p.m.

Sept. 2

at Columbia

7 p.m.

Sept. 9

Bishop Kelly*

7 p.m.

Sept. 16

at Ridgevue*

7 p.m.

Sept. 23

at Vallivue*

7 p.m.

Sept. 30

Skyview*

7 p.m.

Oct. 7

Caldwell*

7 p.m.

Oct. 14

at Middleton*

7 p.m.

Oct. 21

at Emmett*

7 p.m.

* conference game

Last year: 0-9, 0-5 4A SIC

Playoffs: Did not qualify

Coach: Jim Clark, second season

Record at school: 0-9

Stadium: Tiger Field

TEAM PREVIEWS ALREADY FEATURED

Mountain View loaded, ready for another playoff run

Capital has talent to extend playoff streak to 10th straight year

After success in 4A, Kuna makes the jump to 5A

Borah coaches, players welcome new era

Boise looking to build off three-win season

Middleton expects experience to pay off

Fourth straight title? Bishop Kelly not looking ahead

Eagle will lean on strength of its offensive line

Emmett returns to 4A looking for more history

Receivers, O-line lead way for Skyview

Young, quick Timberline looking for first playoff win

Vallivue ready for return to 4A classification

Caldwell rebuilding after losing 31 seniors to graduation

Nampa eyes an end to playoff drought with new coaching staff

Michael Lycklama: 208-377-6424, @MichaelLycklama

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