Wolverines Fall To CWL
The West Bend Mallard football season got off to a rocky start as the Wolverines were dealt a 24-8 defeat by Corwith-Wesley-Lu-
verne at Corwith on Friday, August 28.
The only scoring play for WBM came in the first quarter when Mitch Bonnstetter took a CWL kick-off back for a touchdown. That return came at the 5:35 mark following a 58 yard scamper for a score by the Panthers’ quarterback, Caleb Anderson, on third-and-2 at the CWL 22.
The Wolverines kicked off to begin the contest and held the Panthers on downs but failed to move the ball and punted. CWL took over at its own 1 and went the 79 yards in just six plays. Jason Carroll ran for
the two point conversion for CWL.
Bonnstetter answered immediately with his return of the ensuing kick-off when he gathered in the kick, hesitated, then burst through an
opening veered to his right and rambled almost untouched for the score. Ryan Banwart ran in the conversion and the game was knotted at 8-8.
The Panthers answered right back as they started on their own 15 after Banwart’s kick-off went into the end zone. It was a 15 play march, culminated when Anderson again got to the corner and went the final 7 yards to paydirt. Carroll again added the conversion run and CWL led 16-8 with 10:23 remaining until halftime. That was the tally at the break, althpough CWL had one score called back because of a penalty.
The teams traded possessions in the third frame before WBM offense seemed to get into a rhythm. They drove from their own 23 into the CWL end before Bonnstetter was stopped short on a 4th-and-goal at the CWL 4.
The Panthersthen moved to WBM territory, got a big fourth down play and finally scored with 7:30 left when Carroll went the final six yards. Anderson ran in the conversion and CWL led 24-8.
The Wolverines made one last foray into Panther territory but a fumble recovery by CWL ended the threat at the CWL 23 and the final
score read: CWL 24 – WBM 8.
Ryan Banwart was the leading ground gainer for the Wolverines. He ran the ball 14 times and netted 88 yards. Andy Riesenberg added 37 more on 16 carries. Jack Riesenberg went for 28 in 7 totes. Ethan Fehr was 2 for 4 through the air, netting 9 yards, as Andy Riesenberg and Mitch Bonnstetter each caught a pass.
On the defensive side of the ball, it was Banwart with 13 tackles, Bonnstetter had 9 and Aaron Johnson 8 in the contest.