NEWELL - With a 44-26 victory over Newell-Fonda on Monday, the post-season will continue for the Wolverines of West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate. However, the next task for the Wolverines is going to be a daunting one - a re-match with District champion Armstrong-Ringsted.
A-R earned a 24-0 win over Remsen Union in their playoff game Monday night, but will travel to West Bend this Friday night, Nov. 4, for the quarterfinal contest.
The Wolverines traded scores with the Mustangs of Newell-Fonda in the opening quarter of Monday's second-round game at Newell, with the Wolverines breaking the ice with a 58-yard run from Mitch Bonnstetter with 4:50 to go in the first quarter. But, in what would become a bit of a consideration in the later stages of the game, the conversion run was stopped, making the score 6-0.
West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate’s Logan Streit plants Newell-Fonda's Jeff Reichter after a short pass completion in Monday’s second-round playoff battle. The Wolverines earned a 44-26 win to advance to next Monday’s quarterfinals against Armstrong-Ringsted. --Tim Dahlhauser photo
Newell-Fonda wold respond on their resulting possession, capping the drive off with a 33-yard run by Jonathon Johnson, but like the Wolverines, the conversion run failed to knot the score at 6-6 to end the first quarter of play.
The Wolverines would open the second quarter with another drive that would be capped off by a nine-yard run from Mitch Bonnstetter. the conversion run failed, making the score 12-6 with 9:35 to go in the first half.
The Mustangs would get the ball, but a good defensive effort by the Wolverine defense would get the ball back in the hands of the purple and gold, who would start the offensive machine once again.
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This time, WBM/GCB?would get a five-yard run from Bonnstetter for a touchdown with 1:46 to go in the half after the conversion pass try was stopped.
Now trailing 18-6, Newell-Fonda tried to mount a drive, but would be derailed when Mitch Bonnstetter intercepted a pass at the Mustangs' 39-yard line and returned it to the end zone with 1:12 to go in the half. The conversion failed, making the score 24-6 at the intermission in favor of West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate.
Newell-Fonda would open the second half with a scoring drive that was capped off with a 55 -yard pass reception from Brady Bohe to John Ryan with 6:59 to play in the third frame. The two-point conversion attempt was good, cutting the deficit to 24-14.
But West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate wasn't anywhere near done. The Wolverines took the kickoff and turned Mitch Bonnstetter loose for a 56-yard burst through the defense into the end zone with 6:39 remaining in the quarter. The conversion run failed again, making the score 30-14.
The Mustangs would get a break on the resulting possession, as they were able to engineer a 63-yard run by Brady Bohe for a score with 5:40 to go, but couldn't complete the conversion to make the score 30-20.
But the Wolverines weren't done just yet. On first down after the kickoff return, Bonnstetter broke loose for a 40-yard trip to the end zone with 5:23 to go in the third period. After seeing their two-point attempts go for naught, Coach Kap called for a conversion kick, but it was no good, making the score 36-20 at the end of three quarters of play.
Newell-Fonda would complete a scoring drive in the fourth quarter, getting a 10 yard run from Jonathan Johnson with 6:45 to go, but the conversion run failed for a 36-26 tally.
With the Wolverine lead cut to a pair of possessions, the issue of the finish was far from decided. WBM/GCB would tack on another run on their resulting possession, getting a 29-yard run from Bonnstetter, but this time the conversion kick was blocked by the Mustangs for a 42-26 score with 5:12 to go.
The Mustangs knew that a pair of quick scores could turn the game around and began a drive from deep in their own territory. But disaster would strike with 1:58 to go in the game, as Matt Goeders busted through the line and got to quarterback Zak Sievers, dropping him in the Mustangs' own end zone for a safety that all but ended the game.
Offensively for West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate, the rushing attack was led by Mitch Bonnstetter as the one-man wrecking crew shredded the Mustang defense for 338 yards and six touchdowns off 31 rushing attempts. Logan Streit would add 46 yards off nine carries, while Jesse Zinnel came away with 13 carries for 25 yards and Collin Thatcher added three rushes for 13 yards.
As a team, the Wolverines racked up 422 yards on the ground off 56 attempts, while Newell-Fonda gained 244 yards off 35 attempts.
Mitch Bonnstetter completed just one of seven passes for 19 yards and hand one interception. Jesse Zinnel completed one of five passes for 12 yards.
Logan Streit made one catch for 19 yards and Matt Goeders added a catch for 12 yards.
Defensively, Nate Grimm made five tackles and eight assists, while Logan Streit had five tackles and six assists. Dustin Johnson and Collin Thatcher both made five tackles with four assists while Matt Goeders added four tackles, four assists and a sack for a safety.
Dylan Zaugg made three tackles and five assists with a quarterback sack and Tony Bruellman added one tackle and three assists. Mitch Bonnstetter added one interception for a TD.