Oilers Cruise in Win Over Guardians
Roosevelt, Utah- The visiting Gem State Guardians traveled the long road to Roosevelt, Utah to take on the Uintah Basin Oilers. The teams had met once before in Greenleaf, Idaho with the Oilers winning that contest 38-0. The Oilers would quickly take control of this game literally from the opening kickoff as Kenja Mapp would receive the first kick and return it 77 yards for a touchdown with less than 10 seconds off the clock and place kicker Luca Bonalda would tack on the extra point to make it 7-0. Mapp would strike again after the Guardians second drive stalled and were forced to punt. He would receive the punt and return it 47 yards for the second score of the game and Bonalda’s extra point would make it 14-0. On the next Oilers possession QB Jake Ihde would scramble out of the pocket and scamper for a 78 yard touchdown with a converted PAT making it 21-0 after the first quarter.
The Oilers would continue to roll into the second quarter with a 2 yard touchdown run by fullback Viliami Nuku, and 4 yard and 5 yard touchdown rushes by running backs Jimmy Green and Ben Robinson plus 3 more PAT’s would lead to a 42-0 halftime lead. The turnover bug would bite the Guardians in the second half as those turnovers coupled with the continued strong run attack of the Oilers would prove to be too much for the rest of the game. After a fumble on the opening drive of the second half for the Guardians, back Oiler QB Travis Maxfield would take a snap and run 19 yards for a touchdown but the Guardians would block the PAT attempt making the score 48-0. Later in the third quarter Oiler defensive end Justin Yelenoski would strip the ball from the QB and return that 17 yards for a score. Another blocked PAT would make the score 54-0. Luca Bonalda would add a 28 yard field goal in the fourth quarter to bring the score to its final tally of 57-0.
The Oilers would be led by their rush attack and would chew up 189 yards on the ground by 9 different rushers and 5 touchdowns led by Jake Ihde’s 81 yards on 5 carries and Ben Robinson’s 44 yards on 4 carries. Jake Ihde would only attempt 4 passes in this game completing 1 for 37 yards to wide receiver Dan Yelenoski. Defensively the Oilers were led by Justin Yelenoski with 3.5 tackles (2.5 for loss), 1 sack, 2 pass deflections and 1 touchdown. JC Long would also add 3.5 tackles.
For the Guardians, they were led offensively by Jake Tolman who would complete 2 of 4 passes for 37 yards. Jakob Behrends would play QB most of the game and complete 2 of 8 for 8 yards. Sean Cole, Anthony Dunn, and Rene Espinoza would led the rushing attack with 2 yards apiece. Jonathan Percival would make 2 receptions for 20 yards and Ty Smith would add another 2 for 25 yards. Defensively Kyle Summers would lead the team with 5.5 tackles (1 for loss) with 2 blocked PAT’s and Jake Tolman would add another 3.5 and a fumble recovery.
Oilers Drop a Big One at Home
Vernal, Utah- Mistakes and big plays did in the Uintah Basin Oilers this week against the Nevada Warriors, in a game where the Warriors were going to make the home team pay for playing imperfect football. This game was billed as a defensive battle but the final score of 40-12 would suggest otherwise. Near the end of a scoreless first quarter, an injury to a Nevada player (sorry did not catch the name or number) put the game on hold for about 40 minutes as an ambulance was needed to transport the player to the hospital for what is believed to have been for a dislocated hip. After play resumed the quarter ended in a 0-0 tie.
On the first play of the second quarter the Oilers would jump on the board first with a 5 yard touchdown pass from Jake Ihde to tight end Keenan Harvey but the extra point would be blocked for a 6-0 scored. But then things would spiral out of control for the home team. On the Oilers next possession, deep in their own territory, they would line up to punt but the snap would sail over the head of the punter who would attempt to pick it up and kick it. However, the kick would be blocked and recovered on the 1 yard line by the Warriors and they would score on the very next play on a QB sneak by Ely Dejesus. After a missed PAT the score would be tied 6-6. The Oilers looked to put the mishap behind them and put a drive together until disaster struck. After picking up a first down QB Ihde would fumble the football along the sideline where the Warriors Marty Webster would scoop it up and return it 60 yards for the score and another missed PAT would make it 12-6 Warriors. Another mix up in the last 2 minutes before halftime by the coaching staff would prove costly for the home team once more. After a controversial call where what appeared to be a long reception by wide receiver Mike Cook, fumble, and a Warrior player recovering out of bounds, the side judge said it was an incomplete pass. While the coaches were trying to get clarification from the referees, they did not notice that they team had lined up to go for it on 4th and 13 from their own 23 yard line. The pass would fall incomplete and the Warriors would take over on downs. On third and goal with under 20 seconds left in the half Warriors QB DeJesus would throw a perfect pass to the back of the endzone to James Carter for a touchdown. The game would go into halftime with the Oilers trailing 18-6.
It did not take long in the third quarter for Warriors to strike again on long pass on third and 18 where the Oiler safety fell and allowed Aaron Allen to catch the ball and run 75 yards to paydirt uncontested. After a PAT the score would be 25-6. In need of something quickly the Oilers put together a drive and Ihde would again find Harvey for a 5 yard touchdown. A failed 2 point conversion would make it 25-12. Right before the end of the quarter the Warriors would put together their longest drive of the night capped off by a 27 yard scamper by running back Shawn Sandoval. Early in the fourth quarter the Oilers would again be punting from their own redzone when another high snap would sail out of the endzone for a safety and a 33-12 score. Late in the fourth quarter with the game well in hand and some players getting valuable learning playing time. A backup corner did not see the Warriors receiver Nick Jarvis who would take a quick pass 60 yards down to the 3. The Warriors would then just pound the ball up the middle until a sweep play that scored Sandoval from the 1 yard line would give the final 40-12 score. The Oilers would fumble the ensuing kickoff and the Warriors would kneel the next play to end the game.
Offensively for the Oilers Jake Ihde would finish 11 for 28, 106 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He would also lead the team with 8 carries for 49 yards. The next leading rusher for the Oilers was fullback Viliami Nuku would gain 15 yards on 3 carries. Keenan Harvey would haul in 4 passes for 16 yards but also he would catch 2 touchdowns. Mike Cook would add 42 yards and Dan Yelenoski would add another 25. For the Warriors, Dejesus would finish 3 for 11 with 142 yards and 2 big touchdowns. He would add 16 and another score on the ground to lead the way for Nevada. Shawn Sandoval would add 51 yards on 13 carries. 3 different receivers for the Warriors would catch 1 pass and 2 of them would result in touchdowns, the longest being the 75 yarder by Allen.
Defensively for Nevada Allen would also make a big impact by leading the team in tackles with 6 and an interception. Shane Thomas would add 4.5 tackles and Marty Webster would add an interception to his 60 yard fumble return touchdown. The Oilers would be led by DT Chris Carter with 8 tackles (2 tackle for loss), sack, and fumble recovey. DE Justin Yelenoski would add 6.5 tackles and Devin Mackay would add 6 (.5 for loss) and a half sack.
This week the Oilers will host the Gem State Guardians at Union High School, kickoff will be at 5 pm. The Nevada Warriors will have a bye week after finishing the first half of the season undefeated.
Oilers Go a Long Way for a Win
Greenleaf, Idaho- The Uintah Basin Oilers hopped on a bus at 6:30 in the morning and arrived at Greenleaf Friendship Academy, located about 20 minutes past Boise, Idaho, with under an hour before kickoff. At kickoff a steady rain started to fall upon the field making for some very slippery conditions as the Oilers set to receive the ball from the Gem State Guardians. The Oilers would fumble the football on their first possession giving the ball to the home team with some pretty good field position. Gem State would continue to pick up a couple of first downs until backup quarterback Will Mello would throw a pick to Oiler Travis Maxfield who would return it 35 yards to the Oilers 37. After an illegal formation penalty on the Oilers, the first of 11 penalties for 98 yards, QB Jake Ihde would take snap and run 68 yards for the game’s first score of 7-0.
Right when the Oilers had forced the Guardians to punt on their next possession, the ref blew his whistle and started yelling for all players off the field as precaution to the surrounding lightening that had just started. After a 30 minute weather delay, the Guardians would line up to punt in a sequence where personal protector Maxfield would field the short punt and return it 65 yards for a the games second score making it 14-0. The next offensive series for the Guardians would result in an interception by linebacker Carl Dieckmann and Ihde would take advantage by finding wide receiver Dan Yelenoski for a 58 yard strike and a 21-0 advantage into the half with the only blemish for the Oilers being the 2 turnovers of a fumble and interception.
The second half would find the Oilers continuing to roll as they would add touchdown runs by Jake Ihde (21 yards) and Ben Robinson (8 yards) for a 33-0 advantage. Defensively in the third the Oilers would add two more turnovers to the stat line with a pick by safety Jeremy Conetah and a forced fumble by linebacker Folau Lapuaho with a Keenan Harvey recovery. In the final period the Oilers Jared Ihde would break a run for 47 yards to paydirt and Maxfield would have himself a game by adding another interception to his totals leaving the final score 39-0.
Offensively in the game, Oilers QB Jake Ihde would finish 3 for 14 for 84 yards with a touchdown toss and an interception. His counterpart Will Mello playing in place of their injured starting QB would finish 6 for 21 with 41 yards and 4 interceptions. Though the weather did play a huge part in the QB’s low number as wet conditions lead to many drops by receivers for both sides. The Guardians running backs would run for 26 yards led by Jake Tolman’s 23. Tolman would also lead the team in receiving as he would have 4 receptions and 26 of the teams 31 receiving yards. For the Oilers offense, Jake Ihde would also lead the team in rushing with 111 yards on four carries including the 2 touchdowns followed by his brother Jared Ihde who would carry the ball 4 times for 61 yards and a score. Robinson would add 28 on 5 and the last rushing score. Dan Yelenoski would catch 2 passes for 69 yards and a score while Mike Cook would also have 1 for 15 yards.
The Oilers defense would have another spectacular game with a shutout, 5 turnovers, and less than 100 total yards. Led by Jared Ihde with 6.5 tackles (2 for loss), Folau Lapuaho 6 (1.5 for loss), Devin Makay 4 (.5 for loss), and Dieckmann and Dan Yelenoski with 3.5 each. Justin Yelenoski would lead the team with 1.5 sacks and Rylee DoMichael would add the other .5 sack. Jared Ihde and Jimmy Green would add 2 pass deflections while, Chase Dotter, Jason Walton, Conetah, and Will Jackson would add 1 apiece.
Next week the Oilers (2-0) travel to Rupert, Idaho to take on the Mini-Cassia Diggers (1-0) fresh off a 12 to 0 win over the Wyoming Outlaws in Evanston. The Guardians (0-2) will have the week off to prepare for their next opponent.
Oilers Take Season Opener 14-0
Vernal, Utah- Fans who like games with a lot of points and offensive flair were in for a long day at the Uintah Basin Oilers first contest in the newly renovated Uintah High School turf stadium against the expansion Wyoming Outlaws. Instead fans were treated to a trench war full of physical plays and gladiator like exhibition as both teams were held without a score for over three quarters of the game. “We expected a close hard fought game after last year’s preseason game,” Coach Stubbs stated. After all, last year when the Outlaws were an independent football team, they traveled to Duchesne High to give the Oilers all they could handle in a 6-0 Oilers victory.
The game saw numerous 3 and outs from both teams with the Oilers having a game high 6 penalties for 55 yards. The Outlaws would try to establish the run game against a very good Oiler defense, while the Oilers passing game was just a little off against an equally good defense from Wyoming. QB Jake Ihde would finish 12 for 30 with 150 yards passing but no touchdowns, a rarity for the 4th year starter and the last time it happened was the preseason game last year against the same defense, Ihde would also not throw an interception. His counterpart on the opposing team Hugo Herrera would finish 2 for 6 for 19 yards and and 2 interceptions.
Wide Receiver Mike Cook would lead the Oilers in receptions and yards with 9 for 69 and Dan Yelenoski would another 4 catches for 67 yards. H. Herrera would complete his 4 passes to 4 different receivers with Mason Kinion having the longest catch at 11 yards.
John Herrera would lead the Outlaws in carries and yards with 8 for 32 and Shad Anderson would add another 20 yards on 6 attempts and the team would total 77 rushing yards on the day. For the Oilers, they would be led by QB Jake Ihde who would use runs of 25 and 31 to finish with 81 rushing yards on the day. Rookie Ben Robinson would finish with 56 yards on 9 attempts with a touchdown and Jared Ihde would add 24 as they would pace the Oilers to a total of 178 yards on the ground.
Impressively the Oilers would allow only 96 total yards and would create 4 turnovers with 2 coming at the perfect times. With the score 0-0 the Outlaws were inside the 35 yard line when Safety Jeremy Conetah would pick off a deep pass and return it 7 yards to the 23. On the ensuing drive the Oilers would have a punt blocked by Wyoming’s Keith Lewis and Punter Carl Dieckmann would recover on the Oiler 1 preventing a touchdown. On the very next play a mishandled snap by the Outlaws coupled with a great push by the Oilers defensive line would allow LB Folau Lapuaho to recover the loose ball in the endzone killing the Outlaws best scoring opportunity of the game. The Oilers would then take the ball the length of the field for the Robinson score and on the next defensive series the Oilers would again force a fumble recovered by defensive back Kenja Mapp. Which in turn, would lead to Viliami Nuku, who would add a 1 yard touchdown and 2 point conversion for the final scores of the game.
The Oilers defense would be led by Jared Ihde who would finish the game with 6.5 tackles (.5 for a loss). Lapuaho would add 4.5 tackles (1.5 loss) and Carl Dieckmann, Kenja Mapp, and Devin Mackay would add 3.5 apiece. Lapuaho and Conetah would also add a forced fumble while DB Ray Verduzco would add a pass defense. For the Outlaws, Wayne Cook and Mason Kinion would pace their defense with 9 and 7 tackles respectively. Chris Griffiths would add 6 tackles with an impressive five of them for a loss. Corey Becker would also add 6 tackles (1 for a loss). Wayne cook and Jacob Blakeman would each have a pass defense in the contest.
Next week the Oilers travel up to Greenleaf, Idaho to take on the Gem State Guardians (0-1) coming of a loss to the Nevada Warriors at 4 pm, while the Outlaws will take on the Mini-Cassia Diggers (0-0) who were off last week at home.
Oilers Take Preseason Game 43-7
Idaho Falls, Idaho-Slow starts in preseason games are normal for teams no matter how many times you practice, especially in the first game of the year. This is to be expected! The first contest against the Idaho Phoenix was no different as the Oilers started very slowly in the first quarter only managing an eleven yard touchdown run by QB Jake Ihde in their first three offensive possessions. Coupled with a Phoenix drive helped by an unnecessary roughness and defensive pass interference, on second and goal, a blown coverage in the secondary allowed the Phoenix to tie the game at 7 a piece. Ihde would find WR Alex Brown for a 13 yard touchdown to give the Oilers a 13-7 edge at halftime.
However things picked up immensely for Uintah Basin offensively in the second half. The third quarter scoring would start when starting tight end Keenan Harvey would hall in a pass on 4th and 12 that he would take 38 yards to the house. After Ihde would add another 6 yard TD run, he would find back up TE Jeremy Conetah for an 8 yard score in Conetah’s first game as an Oilers player in almost three years. The score at the end of 3 would be 31 to 7. The Oilers would add two more scores in the 4th quarter to another returning Oilers Mike Cook and a 46 yard strike to WR Dan Yelenosky for a final score of 43-7.
Defensively the d-line for the Oilers held the run game in check while producing constant pressure on the Phoenix’s QBs in their up tempo passing attack. Rookie DE Matui Nuku made a huge impression in first game in the role and coupled with DT’s Rob Kasiata, Luca Bonaldo, and fellow DE Justin Yelenosky it was a force to be reckoned with and will only get better when DE Marcel Borque joins in on the fold. The Oilers Linebacker core and secondary were on point the whole game allowing only a few catches and limiting yards after catch when completions were allowed. Head Coach Colden Stubbs states “We played a near perfect game defensively aside from the drive we allowed them to score and a few penalties. We knew the offense would get it rolling and we as a defense just wanted to put them in the best positions possible to help with that endeavor.”
Two big setbacks happened in the form of injuries as lifelong Oiler Jared Lujan suffered a torn Achilles Tendon and will have season ending surgery. Also Rookie David Reese who started this game at safety will be out three months with a broken fibula. Both players will be missed and the Oilers thank them for their dedication and wish them a speedy recovery. The Oilers next game will be held on Saturday April 4th, at Uintah High School against the Wyoming Outlaws. There will be a Easter Egg hunt for the children at halftime and a possible Easter Bunny sighting as well so bring the kids and enjoy the game and festivities.
Oilers to take on Idaho Phoenix in Preseason Clash
The Uintah Basin Oilers 2015 season is set to officially kick off this weekend as the Oilers will travel to Idaho Falls, Idaho to take on the Idaho Phoenix in a preseason clash. The Phoenix are a part of the Idaho Contact Football League. The game will be the first for the Oilers since they lost in the league championship game against the Davis Vipers. “Though we are proud to have reached the championship game, we are still a little bitter about the outcome and look to improve this year and bring home the trophy to the basin.”
The team has welcomed back a good core of returning starters from last years team including reigning RMFL AA MVP Jacob Ihde at quarterback. Also returning this year on offense are WR Dan Yelenoski, Lineman Russ Grant, TE Keenan Harvey. One returning player not on the team last year was WR Mike Cook who spent the last couple of seasons playing with the Brigham Sting but is returning to the basin. Cook was an integral part of the Oilers 2012 semi-final team. One hole that will have to be filled will be at left tackle is the departure of Trevor “Tiny” Richards who has called it a career after several successful seasons.
Defensively is where the Oilers look to be strong again as they look to only replace safeties Andy Key and Blake Finn. Defensive lineman Marcel Borque, linebackers Jared Ihde and Foloau Lapuaho, and cornerback Kenja Mapp headline a defense that looks to make another deep run to the championship. “After the season we had defensively last year, to not win the championship was a tough pill to swallow. But we’ve implemented some new schemes that will help us adjust to whatever teams throw at us week in and week out.” Still Coach Stubbs knows his biggest challenge as usual is what players will be there week after week due to injuries and work schedules. “We are hoping our new system will help prepare everyone for game day from starters to the next man up.”
The Oilers regular season will kick off on April 4th when the Wyoming Outlaws pay a visit to Uintah High School in Vernal. Kickoff will be at 3:00 pm and there will be a free Easter egg hunt for children of all ages at halftime. The rest of the Oilers 2015 schedule is on the teams website.