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Wolverines Outlast Laurens-Marathon For Homecoming Win

By Staff | Sep 22, 2009

WEST?BEND – It wasn’t easy, but when a team is struggling to get its initial

win, Friday’s 23-22 decision over Laurens-Marathon by West Bend-

Mallard’s Wolverines was important.

“We’ll take it,” stated a happy WBM Head Coach Pete Kapustynski. “This was a total team and coaches effort. Everybody was on the same page all night long. I’m so excited that I probably won’t sleep

tonight.”

 Signal caller, Ethan Fehr had a huge hand in the final outcome. He put the Wolveirnes ahead to stay with a 63 yard sprint for a

touchdown with seven minutes left and preserved the win when he batted down a L-M pass attempt for a two point conversion that would

have given the Charges the lead with 41 seconds remaining.

 The Wolverines offense gave them the early lead with a 15-play march

following the opening kickoff as they drove 65 yards to set up a 22 yard field goal by Ryan Banwart with 6:31 left in the first quarter.

 The Chargers answered with a long drive of their own, a 13-play, 65

yard foray, and scored on a six-yard pass from Jacob Frye to Josh Sernett with :48 left in the period. The two point try was good and

it was the Chargers on top at 8-3 entering the second quarter.

 The Wolverines retaliated with another scoring drive as they went 63-yards in nine snaps. Andy Riesenberg was the work horse in that one as he carried five times, gaining 31 yards, setting up a three-yard scoring run by Ethan Fehr with 10:01 left until halftime. The kick missed to

the left, but WBM led 9-8.

 The Chargers mounted a drive that carried from their own 18 to the WBM 38, but the Wolverine defense stiffened and forced a punt. But both defenses settled in and the teams traded punts, one a great one by WBM’s Mitch Bonnstetter that went out of bounds at the L-M one-yard line. The half ended with WBM clinging to that 9-8 advantage.

 In the third frame, both defenses were performing well and the quarter ended with WBM still ahead by the 9-8 margin, but with the

Chargers having possession at their own 33.

Ten plays into the final frame, L-M scored when Frye hit Austin Stumbo on a six-yard pass. That came with 7:18 left and, after the two-point conversion, the Chargers led 16-9.

Then came the big run by

Fehr. It was a 2nd-and-8 call from the WBM 17. Fehr started around his right end and burst into the secondary. He shook off a tackle attempt at the 30 and sprinted away from the final Charger defender for the 63 yard score. Andy Riesenberg pounded in for the two point conversion and WBM was in the lead at 17-16 with 7:00 left in the game.

 The fired up Wolverine defense got the ball back with a three-and-out and the offense took over at their own 30. A holding penalty set it

back to the 23 but that didn’t deter them as they pounded down field on a scoring drive that covered the 57 yards in eight plays.

Fehr hit Jake Goodchild for 10 yards, then Riesenberg bolted for a first down,

got a late hit call and WBM was at the Chargers’ 27. Andy Riesenberg ran for seven more before Jack Riesenberg burst for another first down at the L-M 15. Jack carried again to the six and Andy gained the

1st-and-goal, just inside the L-M five-yard stripe. Two plays later, Andy stampeded into the end zone and WBM was on top 23-16 with 2:26 left in the

contest. The two point try failed and it stayed that way.The Chargers had one last statement to make as they took the kickoff to their own 22 and proceeded to drive for a score. It came with :41.3 remaining when Frye connected with Sernett again on a 16-yard

pass to make it 23-22.

 Up stepped Fehr again as he leaped in front of the receiver on the two point attempt and batted the ball to the ground to preserve the

Wolverines’ single point advantage. L-M attempted the on side kick, but Mitch Bonnstetter foiled that when he flopped on the squib kick at the WBM 38 and the Wolverines had their initial win of the season, a cozy 23-22 verdict.

 West Bend Mallard churned out 269 yards of total offense in the game

as they rushed for 236 yards in 47 carries and added 33 more through

the air as Ethan Fehr completed four of five passes. He was also the

leading ground gainer with 111 yards on 14 totes. Andy Riesenberg netted 95 yards on 24 tries. The WBM defense yielded 209 yards to L-M. The Chargers had 39 carries and gained 114 yards, while Frye went 18 of 24 through the

air and netted an additional 95 yards. A trio of Wolverines led the tackling attack. Homecoming King Todd Goeders, celebrated his crowning with seven stops and a couple of pass deflections. Mitch Bonnstetter and Collin Thatcher also had seven stops each. Tanner Bruellman was in on six take downs.

Now standing at 1-3, WBM stays at home this week as they take on Ruthven-Ayrshire this Friday night.

Wolverines Outlast Laurens-Marathon For Homecoming Win

By Staff | Sep 22, 2009

HAMMER?IT - Graettinger/Terril’s Tasha Neilson hammers down one of her 22 kills during play at the Ruthven-Ayrshire Tournament on Saturday. The Knights would finish second behind Harris-Lake Park at the tourney. -- Dan Voigt photo

WEST?BEND – It wasn’t easy, but when a team is struggling to get its initial

win, Friday’s 23-22 decision over Laurens-Marathon by West Bend-

Mallard’s Wolverines was important.

“We’ll take it,” stated a happy WBM Head Coach Pete Kapustynski. “This was a total team and coaches effort. Everybody was on the same page all night long. I’m so excited that I probably won’t sleep

tonight.”

 Signal caller, Ethan Fehr had a huge hand in the final outcome. He put the Wolveirnes ahead to stay with a 63 yard sprint for a

touchdown with seven minutes left and preserved the win when he batted down a L-M pass attempt for a two point conversion that would

have given the Charges the lead with 41 seconds remaining.

 The Wolverines offense gave them the early lead with a 15-play march

following the opening kickoff as they drove 65 yards to set up a 22 yard field goal by Ryan Banwart with 6:31 left in the first quarter.

 The Chargers answered with a long drive of their own, a 13-play, 65

yard foray, and scored on a six-yard pass from Jacob Frye to Josh Sernett with :48 left in the period. The two point try was good and

it was the Chargers on top at 8-3 entering the second quarter.

 The Wolverines retaliated with another scoring drive as they went 63-yards in nine snaps. Andy Riesenberg was the work horse in that one as he carried five times, gaining 31 yards, setting up a three-yard scoring run by Ethan Fehr with 10:01 left until halftime. The kick missed to

the left, but WBM led 9-8.

 The Chargers mounted a drive that carried from their own 18 to the WBM 38, but the Wolverine defense stiffened and forced a punt. But both defenses settled in and the teams traded punts, one a great one by WBM’s Mitch Bonnstetter that went out of bounds at the L-M one-yard line. The half ended with WBM clinging to that 9-8 advantage.

 In the third frame, both defenses were performing well and the quarter ended with WBM still ahead by the 9-8 margin, but with the

Chargers having possession at their own 33.

Ten plays into the final frame, L-M scored when Frye hit Austin Stumbo on a six-yard pass. That came with 7:18 left and, after the two-point conversion, the Chargers led 16-9.

Then came the big run by

Fehr. It was a 2nd-and-8 call from the WBM 17. Fehr started around his right end and burst into the secondary. He shook off a tackle attempt at the 30 and sprinted away from the final Charger defender for the 63 yard score. Andy Riesenberg pounded in for the two point conversion and WBM was in the lead at 17-16 with 7:00 left in the game.

 The fired up Wolverine defense got the ball back with a three-and-out and the offense took over at their own 30. A holding penalty set it

back to the 23 but that didn’t deter them as they pounded down field on a scoring drive that covered the 57 yards in eight plays.

Fehr hit Jake Goodchild for 10 yards, then Riesenberg bolted for a first down,

got a late hit call and WBM was at the Chargers’ 27. Andy Riesenberg ran for seven more before Jack Riesenberg burst for another first down at the L-M 15. Jack carried again to the six and Andy gained the

1st-and-goal, just inside the L-M five-yard stripe. Two plays later, Andy stampeded into the end zone and WBM was on top 23-16 with 2:26 left in the

contest. The two point try failed and it stayed that way.The Chargers had one last statement to make as they took the kickoff to their own 22 and proceeded to drive for a score. It came with :41.3 remaining when Frye connected with Sernett again on a 16-yard

pass to make it 23-22.

 Up stepped Fehr again as he leaped in front of the receiver on the two point attempt and batted the ball to the ground to preserve the

Wolverines’ single point advantage. L-M attempted the on side kick, but Mitch Bonnstetter foiled that when he flopped on the squib kick at the WBM 38 and the Wolverines had their initial win of the season, a cozy 23-22 verdict.

 West Bend Mallard churned out 269 yards of total offense in the game

as they rushed for 236 yards in 47 carries and added 33 more through

the air as Ethan Fehr completed four of five passes. He was also the

leading ground gainer with 111 yards on 14 totes. Andy Riesenberg netted 95 yards on 24 tries. The WBM defense yielded 209 yards to L-M. The Chargers had 39 carries and gained 114 yards, while Frye went 18 of 24 through the

air and netted an additional 95 yards. A trio of Wolverines led the tackling attack. Homecoming King Todd Goeders, celebrated his crowning with seven stops and a couple of pass deflections. Mitch Bonnstetter and Collin Thatcher also had seven stops each. Tanner Bruellman was in on six take downs.

Now standing at 1-3, WBM stays at home this week as they take on Ruthven-Ayrshire this Friday night.