Wolverines Claim 28-8 Win
WEST?BEND – It was a long time in coming by West Bend-Mallard’s Wolverines put together a total game effort to come up with a 28-8 win over Harris-Lake Park Friday night. The win improves the Wolverines to a district mark of 2-4 and a 2-6 overall mark with a week to go in the season.
A steady rain and soggy field made the game that much more challenging for both teams on Friday, with turnovers would also equalize the two clubs.
West Bend-Mallard would mount the opening drive, but but would fumble the ball at the Wolves 20. However, Jack Riesenberg would intercept an HLP pass on the other end of the field to equalize the turnovers. The two clubs would exchange possessions and punts to bring the first quarter to a scoreless close.
The running game came into play in the second frame as Ryan Banwart would team up with Andy Riesenberg to set up the first score. After Banwart made a 25 yard run to the two-yard line, he bulled his way into the end zone with 10:12 to go in the half and added the conversion run for an 8-0 advantage.
That lead would stand to the intermission, as the sloppy field conditions made moving the ball a struggle for both squads.
In the second half, West Bend-Mallard would mount a scoring drive after being charged with a pair of penalties that would allow Harris-Lake Park to tie the contest up with 7:41 to go in the third quarter.
After getting the ball back, the wolverines would go three and out, but on the Wolves next possession, Mitch Bonnstetter would pick off a pass at the Wolves’ 30 yard line and returned it four yards. Ryan Banwart would take the slippery orb down to the 13 yard line for another first down, and one play later, Banwart found a hole and raced 11 yards into the end zone. The conversion run would fail, but the Wolverines were leading 14-8 at the end of the third quarter.
An exchange of possessions and punts would open the final quarter of play, as both teams continued to struggle in the weather and conditions. But it was West Bend-Mallard who got a good punt return from Mitch Bonnstetter down to the Wolves’ 33 yard line with just over 9:00 to go in the contest. With the ball in good field position, West Bend-Mallard worked downfield and on third and shot, Ryan Banwart found a seam and raced down the right side of the field for a 24 yard touchdown with 8:41. Andy Riesenberg made the two point conversion run for a 22-8 advantage.
After three downs and a punt for the Wolves, the Wolverines looked to score once again, but a costly penalty brought an apparent touchdown back and West Bend-Mallard would be forced to turn the ball over with just over 2:20 to go in the game.
It was time for the defense to step up and they did in a big way. With just over 2:00 to go in the game, Ethan Fehr intercepted a Harris-Lake Park pass to kill a potential scoring drive.
But the fortunes turned their back on the Wolverines, as they fumbled the ball two plays later. The Wolves would take over deep in their own territory, and on a fourth and five at their own 30 yard line, the Wolverines’ Todd Goeders came flying in at HLP?quarterback Colin Bruns, who threw the ball under severe pressure. The hurried ball ended up in the hands of Andy Riesenberg, who managed to keep his feet and raced 33 yards for the interception return touchdowns. The conversion run attempt came up short, but the Wolverines held a 28-8 advantage with just over 1:00 to go in the contest.
Ryan Banwart led the ground attack with 103 yards while Andy Riesenberg added 72 yards. Ethan Fehr completed two of nine passes.
On defense, the Wolverines intercepted four HLP passes and were led in tackles by Leading the tackling department was Tanner Bruellman with 12 while Todd Goeders had seven stops and a sack and Andy Riesenberg had a pair of sacks to go along with the interception for the score.
West Bend-Mallard will close out the regular season hosting Twin River Valley.