Any Fruitland fans who didn’t know Joe Henggeler certainly know him now.
In his debut as the Grizzlies’ No. 1 quarterback, the senior put up a dominant performance in a 28-20 win at South Fremont on Aug. 31 to open the year. Henggeler completed eight of 15 passes for 196 yards and four touchdowns as the Grizzlies completed a comeback against the Cougars.
South Fremont held a 20-14 lead after one quarter.
Marcus Barinaga had four catches for 109 yards and two touchdowns. Josh Henggeler had two catches for 75 yards and one touchdown.
Fruitland’s defense came up big after a tough first quarter, holding the Cougars scoreless through the later three quarters as the Grizzlies’ offense took over. Jacob Walker and Barinaga each had one interception.
The Grizzlies’ classic rushing attack struggled to get moving on Friday night, as they combined for 136 rushing yards. Sid McHenry was the Grizzlies’ top rusher with 10 carries for 54 yards.
There’s no rest for Fruitland this week, as the Grizzlies will play at Gooding on Friday.
The other teams of Payette county weren’t so lucky in opening week. The Payette football team fell 62-0 to 2A powerhouse Cole Valley.
New Plymouth drew a tough opening game, with defending 3A state runner-up Homedale taking a dominant 48-0 win. The Pilgrims were able to keep the game scoreless through one quarter, but the Trojans dominated in the later three quarters.
New Plymouth was held to 23 total rushing yards against Homedale, averaging 0.8 yards per carry.
The Pirates will host New Plymouth on Friday night.