MHS Featured Football Player of the Week

Senior Tight End and Linebacker, Nishon Neal

Nishon Neal tries to haul in a 4th Down touchdown last week against Marsh Valley. Neal and the Dragons defeated Marsh Valley 27-14 last Friday in Arimo.

Nishon Neal tries to haul in a 4th Down touchdown last week against Marsh Valley. Neal and the Dragons defeated Marsh Valley 27-14 last Friday in Arimo.

The Malad Dragons opened up the 2013 season with a solid victory againstMarsh Valley last Friday night. And while the players were excited to finally go into Marsh and get their first victory of the season, their focus now turns to Ririe. One of the players who will play a big role in the game against Ririe is this week’s feature player, Nishon Neal.

Nishon Neal is a 6’0″, 185-pound senior tight end and linebacker. He is one of four senior captains for the Dragons. Neal also is the long snapper for punts and PATs. Malad Head Coach Coda Tchida was quick to praise all that Neal brings to this team. He said, “his speed and great hands make him a mismatch for opposing defenses as he is bigger than cornerbacks and safeties and quicker than most linebackers. On the defensive side, he is the play caller and vocal leader, so he is vital in that aspect as well. Nishon also works hard in the weight room and can be found helping his teammates with plays and how to properly run routes, or working on his long snaps with punter and kicker, Brody Hubbard both before and after practice.

Neal is a three-sport star for the Malad High Dragons, playing basketball and baseball along with football. But this week’s game is the only thing on his mind. “We know Ririe is going to come out and try to establish their run game early, using both the speed option and the veer. While they lost a lot of size up front, we still have to remain focused on the defensive side of the ball because we do not know what to expect from them this year as this is their first game of the season,” he said.

Nishon also mentioned the preparation that goes into each week and the

This week's sponsor for MHS Feature Player of the Week is KJ's Super Stores.

This week’s sponsor for MHS Feature Player of the Week is KJ’s Super Stores.

amount of time the players spend off the field. “We watch a lot of film. Whether it’s last year’s film, or even a couple year’s ago, we watch a lot of it to prepare our defense and offense for what to expect when we get out on the field,” Neal said. He also noted that the main focus this week was cashing in on scoring opportunities and forcing turnovers. “If we can do that, everything else will fall in place and we should come out on top.”
Neal, like every other Malad player, is excited to get out in the new black unis under the lights in front of the home crowd for the first time this season. “The first home game is always the most exciting because we want to take care of business in front of our fans.”

Nishon and the rest of the Dragons will be in action Friday, September 6 at 7:00 p.m. at home against Ririe. Come out and support the Dragons as they look to capture their second straight win to start the season.

Royce Jones Wins Week 1 Football Pick ‘Em Contest

Royce Jones won first place in The Idaho Enterprise Football Contest correctly predicting 19 winning teams and the high single-team score of 58 points. Dylan Thorpe ann Black Monte Thomas both predicted 17 winning teams, but Dylan won second place because his guess of high single-team score of 60 was closest to the actual high team score of 58 points which was scored by UCLA. Royce will receive $15 for first place and Dylan will receive $10 for the second place win. Scores for last week’s games follow below.

K-C Oil Northwestern 44, California 30

Nevada 20, UCLA 58

Critters Bar & Grill Mississippi St. 3, Oklahoma St. 21

Wyoming 34, Nebraska 37

Ward Feed & Seed Idaho Falls 40, Blackfoot 35

West Jefferson 0, Soda Springs 6

Malad Drive In Eastern Washington 49, Oregon St. 46

Declo 26, Sugar-Salem 36

Do It Best Hess Lumber

& Home Center Virginia Tech 10, Alabama 35

Boise St. 6, Washington 38

Thomas Market Stephen F. Austin 40, Weber St.  50

Georgia 35, Clemson 38

Evans Co-op True Value Idaho 6, North Texas 40

Firth 24, West Side 12

ATC Communications American Falls 13, Aberdeen 24

Spring Valley HS, NV 7, Pocatello 42

Dude Ranch Café Washington St. 24, Auburn 31

Preston 8, Bear River HS, UT 31

Thomas Electric & Furniture LSU 37, TCU 27

Malad 27, Marsh Valley 13

Flags West Truck Stop BYU 16, Virginia 19

Temple 6, Notre Dame 28

Allen Drug & Variety Bonneville 53, Skyline 23

Appalachian St. 6, Montana 30

Griffiths OK Tire West Jordan HS, UT 6, Shelley 28

Week 2 Football Pick ‘Em Contest

1st Place = $15 2nd Place = $10

1. Predict the winners of 25 games listed below. Indicate the winners by sending a PRIVATE MESSAGE to The Idaho Enterprise’s Facebook Inbox or by email to classifieds@atcnet.net. No score is needed – just pick the winners.

2. In case of a tie, pick a number that you think will be the highest number of points scored by any one team listed in the games below.

3. One entry allowed to each contestant. Entires must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on FRIDAY, AUGUST 30TH.

4. In the event of a first place tie, the winners will split the $25 prize pot, and no second place will be awarded. In the event of a second place tie, the $10 prize will be split.

Ririe @ Malad
Sugar-Salem @ Firth
Soda Springs @ Bear Lake
Aberdeen @ Oakley
West Side @ Rich County, UT
Marsh Valley @ Preston
Rigby @ Pocatello
Idaho Falls @ Bonneville
Blackfoot @ Skyline
Florida @ Miami (FL)
Tennessee-Martin @ Boise State
South Carolina @ Georgia
Texas @ BYU
Notre Dame @ Michigan
Weber State @ Utah
Dixie State @ Idaho State
Utah State @ Air Force
Idaho @ Wyoming
Minnesota @ Detroit
Green Bay @ San Francisco
NY Giants @ Dallas
Philadelphia @ Washington
Tampa Bay @ NY Jets
Seattle @ Carolina
Cincinnati @ Chicago

MHS Featured Football Player of the Week

Football season is back in full swing and players all around the state have

Jason Jensen, senior offensive and defensive lineman, tries to deflect a pass during last week's black and white scrimmage. Jensen was selected as the MHS Feature Football Player of the Week.

Jason Jensen, senior offensive and defensive lineman, tries to deflect a pass during last week’s black and white scrimmage. Jensen was selected as the MHS Featured Football Player of the Week.

already been through two grueling weeks of practice. For the Malad Dragons, opening against 3A rival Marsh Valley will be no easy task. Marsh Valley features a vicious running attack, which means stopping it will be key. While the whole defense will have to step up to ensure
a Dragons victory, this week’s featured player will take a lot of punishment and that player is senior defensive tackle and offensive lineman, Jason Jensen.

Jason Jensen is a 6’ 1”, 250-pound senior. The players voted him as a captain for this year’s team. He is the anchor to both the offensive and defensive lines because of his size, strength and “football smarts”. Not only does he excel on the
football field, but he also excels in the classroom and in the weight room. Head Coach Coda Tchida said, “Jason is vital
to the success of this team. He works hard and pushes his teammates to be the best they can be both on the field and in the weight room. He also will help his teammates before, during and after practice with pass protections, run blocking
and stance work. He puts in a lot of time and effort with this team and the other players respect him for it.”

When asked what the key to stopping Marsh Valley’s vaunted running attack was, Jensen said, “It all begins with discipline from every single defensive player on our team. Marsh Valley likes to double and even triple team the opposing defense’s biggest player, trying to get him to tap out due to exhaustion or injuryand my job as nose tackle means I have to take on as many blocks as possible and stuff their running lanes. The other defensive players have to stay in their lanes and not get caught up in the blocking scheme that they try to sucker us into.”

While Jason knows exactly what needs to be done to win Friday’s game at

This week's sponsor for the MHS Feature Football Player of the Week is Oneida County Hospital

This week’s sponsor for the MHS Feature Football Player of the Week is Oneida County Hospital

Marsh Valley, he explained why this season has the potential to be really special. “We have 10 seniors on this year’s team and every single one of us has the same goal: to win district and a state championship,” he said. “We have great leadership and the coaches make sure that we take things one week at a time. This week we have to just focus on the small picture (Marsh Valley) rather than the big picture,” he continued.

Jensen has one of the toughest roles on the field, playing both offensive and defensive line, or in “the trenches” as he
called it. He went on to say, “Playing on both the offensive and defensive line is tough because that is where the big guys go head to head and battle.” However, he is not one to shy away from the contact at either spot.

While Jensen excels on the field, football is not his only sport. He also is a key contributor on the basketball court for
the Dragons playing in the post. However, football is the only thing on his mind right now. “I just want to get out there and hit somebody and help this team beat Marsh Valley Friday night,” he said. All Malad fans are hoping for the same result; a Dragons’ victory Friday night in Marsh Valley.

THE ANNUAL IDAHO ENTERPRISE FOOTBALL PICK ‘EM CONTEST IS BACK!!!!

THE IDAHO ENTERPRISE FOOTBALL PICK ‘EM CONTEST IS BACK AND NOW AVAILABLE FOR ENTRIES ONLINE!!!

1st Place = $15 2nd Place = $10

1. Predict the winners of 25 games listed below. Indicate the winners by sending a PRIVATE MESSAGE to The Idaho Enterprise’s Facebook Inbox or by email to classifieds@atcnet.net. No score is needed – just pick the winners.

2. In case of a tie, pick a number that you think will be the highest number of points scored by any one team listed in the games below.

3. One entry allowed to each contestant. Entires must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on FRIDAY, AUGUST 30TH.

4. In the event of a first place tie, the winners will split the $25 prize pot, and no second place will be awarded. In the event of a second place tie, the $10 prize will be split.

Malad @ Marsh Valley
West Jefferson @ Soda Springs
Firth @ West Side
American Falls @ Aberdeen
Declo @ Sugar-Salem
West Jordan HS, UT @ Shelley
Idaho Falls @ Blackfoot
Preston @ Bear River HS, UT
Spring Valley HS, NV @ Pocatello
Bonneville @ Skyline
BYU @ Virginia
Idaho @ North Texas
Wyoming @ Nebraska
Georgia @ Clemson
LSU @ TCU
Boise State @ Washington
Nevada @ UCLA
Stephen F. Austin @ Weber State
Eastern Washington @ Oregon State
Appalachian State @ Montana
Temple @ Notre Dame
Washington State @ Auburn
Northwestern @ California
Virginia Tech @ Alabama
Mississippi State @ Oklahoma State

Thank you to this week’s sponsors:
K-C Oil, Critters Bar & Grill, Ward Feed & Seed, Malad Drive In, Do It Best Hess Lumber & Home Center, Thomas Market, Evans Co-Op True Value, ATC Communications, Dude Ranch Cafe, Thomas Electric & Furniture, Flags West Truck Stop, Allen Drug & Variety, and Griffiths OK Tire

State Fire Update – August 21

Acres: 29,827                                                          

Start Date: August 8, 2013

Cause: Lightning                                                        

Location: 8 miles west of Portage, UT

Containment: 95%                                                      

Fuels: Timber, grass and understory

Terrain: Steep, Rugged                                                                                  

Total Personnel: 180  

Summary: Good progress is being made on rehab efforts along all division lines. Incident Commander Christopherson expects that the chosen management strategy will succeed with full containment of the fire by August 26. Wetting rains from last night’s thunderstorms helped facilitate firefighting efforts. 

No projected movement is expected outside the established containment lines. The public can still expect to see smoke as interior pockets of fuels continue to burn. Many of the resources working the fire have been released to respond to other incidents. Approximately 180 personnel remain on scene to continue mopping up this incident.

For additional information please go to www.inciweb.org

State Fire Update – August 19 – 10:00 a.m.

Acres: 29,827                                                              

Start Date: August 8, 2013

Cause: Lightning                                                        

 Location: 8 miles west of Portage, UT

Containment: 85%                                                      

Fuels: Timber, grass and understory

Terrain: Steep, Rugged                                              

 Resources: Beginning to demobilize                          

Total Personnel: 150-180       

Summary: Effective 6 a.m. Monday, August 19, 2013, the fire is now managed by a local Type 3 Incident Management Team with Wade Christopherson as the Incident Commander.  “We are very happy with the progress being made,” said Christopherson. “The line is secure and we will be working on rehabilitation efforts and mopping up interior flare ups.”

A final town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 20 at 5:00 p.m. at the Fire Information Tent located at the Malad City Park. BLM Pocatello Field Manager, Dave Pacioretty and Incident Commander Christopherson will discuss the Type 3 organization, suppression and fire rehab efforts and answer other questions the public may have.

No projected movement is expected outside the established containment lines. The public can still expect to see smoke as interior pockets of fuels continue to burn. Many of the resources working the fire have been released to respond to other incidents. Approximately 150-180 personnel remain on scene to continue mopping up this incident.

For additional information please go to www.inciweb.org

State Fire Update – August 15 – 8:00 p.m.

Acres:  25,400                                     Start date:  August 8, 2013

Cause:  Lightning                                Location:  8 miles west of Portage, UT

Containment: 60%                              Fuels:  Timber, grass and understory

Terrain:  Steep, rugged

Resources:  6 crews, 24 engines, 12 water tenders, 4 dozers

Total personnel: 358                            Available air support:  1 helicopter

Summary: As expected, very active fire behavior occurred today due to varying wind direction and speeds, high temperatures, low humidity, and unstable atmospheric conditions. During the afternoon, a large smoke plume over the Water Canyon area on the northeast side of the fire created its own weather activity that led to extreme fire behavior with several fire whirls.A small spot fire on the northeast corner was quickly contained. Established lines along the north edge of the fire were improved. Burnout in this area was initiated earlier than planned, but successfully kept the fire within containment lines.

Patrol and mop-up will continue on all areas of the fire, and rehabilitation efforts will begin Friday.

For additional information see www.facebook.com/StateFirewww.twitter.com/StateFire and www.inciweb.org.

State Fire Update – August 15 – 9:00 a.m

Acres:  25,400                                     Start date:  August 8, 2013

Cause:  Lightning                                Location:  8 miles west of Portage, UT

Containment: 55%                              Fuels:  Timber, grass and understory

Terrain:  Steep, rugged

Resources:  6 crews, 19 engines, 4 water tenders, 6 dozers

Total personnel: 330                            Available air support:  3 helicopters

Summary:  Firefighters brought the fire down off the ridge in the northwest corner of the fire in the early evening and the night shift successfully kept it within the containment lines. The northeast side of the fire continued its natural progression through the interior pockets of heavy fuel.

Crews worked on the southeastern edge mopping up an area that crossed over containment lines yesterday. They will continue patrolling and mopping up in this area today and collecting GPS data on the locations of dozer lines.

Overnight humidity recovery was lower last night and heat remaining on the ground will create lower humidity today with increased flare-ups in the interior this afternoon. Crews will continue monitoring the containment lines, mopping up hotspots within the interior, and begin planning for rehabilitation of containment lines around the fire.

A second public meeting will be held at the Malad Elementary School Auditorium on Thursday August 15, 2013, at 7:00 pm. The Incident Commander and Operations Section Chief will both be on hand to discuss in detail the recent activity and objectives going forward, and to answer questions from the community.

With additional fire traffic in the area, residents of Malad are asked to exercise extra caution.

For additional information see www.facebook.com/StateFirewww.twitter.com/StateFire and www.inciweb.org.