Wolverines Edged By TRV In Finale
GILMORE CITY – The first season of eight-man football ended for West Bend-Mallard Friday night in a 42-30 loss to Twin River Valley. The Wolverines’ season ends with a 3-6 mark overall and a 2-5 mark in Eight-man District Two play.
Twin River Valley would open the scoring Friday night, taking the opening kickoff and using the clock to their advantage before scoring off an 11 yard run by Nate Tool with 6:40 to go in the first quarter. After the conversion try failed, the Thunder held a 6-0 lead.
West Bend-Mallard took their turn with the ball and answered with a nice 60 yard drive that resulted in a touchdown run of a yard by Wyatt Wirtz, with Jack Riesenberg adding the conversion for an 8-6 Wolverine lead with just 3:22 to go in the quarter.
The lead wouldn’t last very long as the Thunder used a 61-yard pass on their second down after the kickoff to score. The two-point try was stopped by the Wolverines, giving TRV the 12-8 advantage with 2:30 to go in the first frame.
After taking the kickoff, West Bend-Mallard looked like they might be able to answer the Thunder as the first quarter ended.
But a fumble early in the second quarter was recovered by the Thunder at their own 15 yard line, stopping the Wolverines’ threat.
Twin River Valley would drive the length of the field and score off a two yard run by Nate Tool. The two point try was good, giving the Thunder a 20-8 advantage with 7:48 remaining in the first half.
West Bend-Mallard would move the football well on their next possession, but the drive sputtered on the Thunder 24 yard line, and turned the ball over on downs.
TRV would start to drive, but the Wolverine defense came up with a stop, forcing a punt that the Wolverines fielded at their own 20.
With time running down in the half, West Bend-Mallard drove 60 yards downfield in just two plays, as quarterback Darin Banwart spotted Mitch Bonnsettter all by himself and dropped the ball in his arms for a 58 jaunt to the end zone. with 7:48 until halftime. Jack Riesenberg ran in the conversion for a 20-16 score at the intermission.
West Bend-Mallard got the kick to start the second half, but a fumble on the second down of the possession gave the Thunder the ball at the Wolverines’ 35. The Thunder cashed in on the turnover and scored off a two-yard touchdown. Trevor Peters kept the ball for the conversion and a 28-16 lead for TRV with just under 8:00 to go in the third frame.
Coach Kapustynski’s Wolverines weren’t finished as they went on a 12-play drive that covered 70 yards. The payoff came off a one yard dive into the end zone by Wyatt Wirtz with 3:37 to go in the quarter. The conversion run attempt failed, however, making the score 28-22 as the Wolverines weren’t out of it by any means.
Twin River Valley would tack on another touchdown on their next possession, getting a good return on the kick off. The drive ended with a three yard run by Nate Tool with just over :30 to go in the third frame. The conversion failed, making the score 34-22 at the end of the third frame.
West Bend-Mallard would mount a drive to start the fourth quarter, but the TRV defense turned the Wolverines away and forced a turnover on downs.
With the ball inside the Wolverines’ 34 yard line, TRV got a 28 yard keeper from Levi Peters and a two point run by Nate Tool to take a 42-22 lead with 10;15 to go in the game.
The Wolverines had nothing to lose as they started pushing downfield, and got a seven yard run from Jack Riesenberg with just under 7:00 to go in the game. Matt Ruppert would catch the conversion pass from Darin Banwart to make the score 42-30, keeping the Wolverines in the hunt.
It was time for the defense to step up and they did just that, forcing a punt by the Thunder, but the purple and gold offense sputtered and punted the ball back to the Thunder. However, TRV suffered a similar fate and punted again.
this time, the Wolverines got the ball at their own 35 with just over 2:00 to go in the game. Jack Riesenberg and Wyatt Wirtz both ran hard in the possession, bringing the ball to the Thunder’s 25 yard line, but Wyatt Wirtz was injured and had to be taken from the field by ambulance for treatment.
The loss of Wirtz seemed to take the wind out of the Wolverines as they ended up turning the ball over on downs as TRV ran the clock out for the 42-30 win.
The Wolverines got 115 yards off 19 carries from Wyatt Wirtz, while Jack Riesenberg added 21 carries for 88 yards. Darin Banwart had six carries for 52 yards and Mitch Bonnstetter added three carries for 20 yards.
Darin Banwart completed nine of 24 passes for 119 yards with one interception. Mitch Bonnstetter had four catches for 72 yards, including the 58 yard touchdown catch. Matt Ruppert added three catches for 29 yards and Travis Goeders added two catches for 18 yards.
The defense was paced by the duo of Travis and Todd Goeders, who combined for 30 tackles on the night.
West Bend-Mallard out-gained Twin River Valley 394 to 358 in total yardage, with 275 rushing yards, compared to Twin River Valley’s 251 yards. The Wolverines also had 119 yards in the air against TRV’s 107 passing yards.