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BOISE - Looking to regain their once dominant standing in the 5A division, the Timberline High School football team has been working all summer to prepare.

Last season, Timberline finished in the middle of the pack with a 4-5 record.

Assistant linebacker coach Justin Jackson (Coach "Juss"), said the Wolves are ready to compete against 5A power houses like Rocky Mountain, Capital and Eagle.

"We have more confidence," Jackson said."The team is just more together."

Head coach Kirk Copeland said he is ready for his team to play under the Friday night lights.

"I'm excited about my kids, how excited they are and get the season going," Copeland said. "I'm also really happy with the depth we have at several positions."

After losing several seniors from last season, Jackson is confident the returning players will carry the wolves to a successful season.

"We have a lot [of players] coming back on our offense," Jackson said. According to Copeland, those players include Seniors Kaden Stewart (OF), Shasten Jolley (DE/TE) and Riley Amundson (WR).

On defense, Jackson said Seniors Zach Wagner (LB) and Paul Dewitt (MLB/FB), "are ready to carry that defense."

Dewitt added, "We feel pretty confident. We've been growing as a program every year, and this is the year we take it."

The race is still on for the starting quarterback position. Senior Brian Uhlrickson and Junior Justin Lavin have been competing for the position, but Copeland may play both if they continue practicing well.

"To be honest, I might just play both of them in the first game," Copeland said.

Of the teams they'll play this season, Copeland is most excited for Timberline's rivalry with Boise. His players, however, are excited for a 4A opponent.

"The kids are really excited to play Bishop Kelly," Copeland said. "They call us 'public school kids,' our kids have friends who defected to Bishop Kelly over the years, so it'll be fun."

No matter the opponent, Jackson said the team is ready to play.

"We have the ability to compete with these big schools out here and stand out with these Eagle and Rocky Mountain teams," Jackson said.

Timberline also added former Boise State standout Charles Hayes III (2007-2011) as the offensive line coach.

Timberline opens their season 7 p.m. August 29 against Meridian at Meridian High School.

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