Wolverines Qualify For Post Season With Win
WEST?BEND – You couldn’t have scripted a more thrilling end to a regular football season for the West Bend-Mallalrd Wolverines. After struggling at times through the season, the Wolverines came up with a 52-8 pounding of Twin River Valley on Friday night. The win gave the Wolverines a final season mark of 3-4 in Eight-man District Two and 4-5, but more importantly, the Wolverines earned a berth in the post-season for the first time since the 2005 season with the win, and will travel to Remsen this Wednesday night to take on Remsen-Union in the Substate round of playoff action. Game time will be 7 p.m. at Remsen.
Twin River Valley would get the ball first on Friday and drove deep into WBM territory, but fourth down pass was tipped by Andy Riesenberg and fell incomplete turning the ball over to the Wolverines.
Twin River Valley would earn their only touchdown of the night on their next possession. Despite a pair of penalties, the touchdown came when Peyton Vote found Raymond Howe with a 32 yard pass for the score. Levi Peters ran in the conversion and it was 38-8 with 10:44 to go in the game.
An onside kick attempt failed for the Thunder when the Wolverines’ Anthony Bruellman caught the bounding ball and returned it to the Thunder’s 37 yard line. The TRV?Defense held firm, though and forced the Wolverines to punt.
Twin River Valley would get a first down after the punt, but a big sack of Peyton Vote on a third and 15 play by Tanner and Anthony Bruelleman would kill the drive and force a punt.
Penalties against the Thunder would aid the Wolverines on their possession, and help lead to a 20 yard touchdown by Ethan Fehr. The conversion try failed, giving West Bend-Mallard a 44-8 lead with 3:15 to go in the contest.
Once again, TRV?would face a tough fourth down and missed on the conversion, giving the Wolverines the ball back deep in in TRV territory.
With the Wolverine reserves now in the game, West Bend-Mallard’s Logan Streit broke free for a 19 yard run to the end zone to give the Wolverines their final touchdown of the contest. Dan Eubank found the end zone for the conversion and it was 52-8 with 1:11 left in the game.
The Wolverine defense would add the exclamation point to the game when Dylan Zaugg tallied a quarterback sack to end the game in the victory.
The Wolverine offense rolled up and down the field and netted 408 yards, with 58 rushes that gained 339 yards and five of six pass completions by Fehr for 69 yards.
Andy Riesenberg carried 20 times and put up 120 yards with a pair of touchdowns and also had a touchdown reception. Jack Riesenberg netted 72 yards off 13 carries and added two touchdowns as well.
Ethan Fehr ran 9 times for 69 yards and a score and Ryan Banwart had 10 rushes for 44 yards and one TD.
Andy Riesenberg led the defense with eight tackles and a quarterback sack. Todd Goeders added six tackles and a quarterback sack to the winning efforts and Aaron Johnson also had six tackles.
The ensuing drive set the tone for the rest of the contest as the Wolverines embarked on a 10 play march for their initial score. With the Andy and Jack Riesenberg show carrying the load for the entire drive, Andy Riesenberg would get the first touchdown when he ran in from two yards out with 4:50 left in the opening frame. Andy would run in the conversion and WBM led 8-0.
TRV would be plagued by a pair of punts and ended up punting, so the Wolverines went back to work, deep in their own territory.
This time, the purple and gold would march 74 yards for their second score which was capped off when Ethan Fehr hit Andy Riesenberg with a 10 yard pass. The conversion failed, giving West Bend-Mallard a 14-0 lead just into the second quarter.
.West Bend-Mallard’s defense came up big, forcing Twin River Valley into three and out. After taking the punt, the Wolverines struck again with 8:06 to go in the half. Ryan Banwart raced to the end zone from eight yards away for the score and Ethan Fehr added the two-point run for a 22-0 lead.
TRV would end up with three downs and a punt once again and the Wolverines started at their own 26 yard line. Once again, the Wolverines strung together a nice drive, which would end up with a three-yard run by Andy Riesenberg would cap off the drive with 2:54 to go in the half. Fehr would keep for the extra point and the 30-0 advantage at the intermission.
West Bend-Mallard got the ball to start the second half but had to punt to end the possession, However, Twin River Valley finally earned a first down on their resulting possession after a fake punt, but then had to punt the ball back to the Wolverines.
But on the punt, the ball was partially blocked and the Wolverines came up with the pigskin at their own 33 yard line.
An exchange of punts would ensue before West Bend-Mallard got the ball back.
This time the Wolverines used seven plays, starting at their own 19. A 20 yard pass to Jake Goodchild got the drive started and it ended when Jack Riesenberg tallied from the TRV two-yard stripe with :31.5 remaining in the third quarter. Andy Riesenberg went in with the conversion and gave the Wolverines the 38-0 advantage.