Wolverines See Season Come To An End At Armstrong-Ringsted
ARMSTRONG – The late-season charge of the West Bend-Mallard Wolverines came to a halt Monday night in a 54-14 loss to Armstrong-Ringsted in an Eight-man first-round playoff game. For the Wolverines, the season comes to a close with an overall mark of 4-7.
After pulling off the upset win over Remsen St. Mary’s a week earlier in the Eight-Man playoff Substate round, the Wolverines had to be considered a serious contender by the Mustangs, who had defeated the Wolverines during their regular season meeting by a 53-14 tally.
For West Bend-Mallard, the Mustangs’ offense would prove to be almost unstoppable in Monday’s contest, as the first four possessions Armstrong-Ringsted had concluded in scores.
The Wolverines got the kickoff to open the game but were held to three downs and a punt by the Mustangs, who quickly converted the opportunity into a score. AR would drive 34 yards for the opening score and their defense would stop the Wolverines once again on their next possession.
The Mustangs would score on a 53 yard run by Tyler Tonderum for a 12-0 lead, after missing a two-point conversion try.
West Bend-Mallard would continue to struggle offensively in the opening quarter and the Mustangs added a third score to their tally for an 19-0 lead.
The Wolverines would get the ball back, only to fumble it away, leading the Mustangs to a 15 yard touchdown run by Tonderum and kick by Nathan Eisenbacher for a 26-0 lead over the Wolverines as the first quarter came to a close.
West Bend-Mallard continued to struggle against the high-flying Mustang offense in the second quarter, as AR used a quick pass to set up a 55 yard scoring run by Tonderum.
An interception would also stymie the Wolverine offense in the quarter and result in a touchdown as the Mustangs ran the table in the quarter to post a 47-0 lead.
However, the Wolverines weren’t ready to give up. Armstrong-Ringsted got the ball to start the second half of the contest, but an untimely fumble was recovered by Aaron Johnson at the Wolverines’ 26 yard line.
With the turnover in hand, quarterback Ethan Fehr drove the Wolverines downfield, piking up a first down, but the drive would stall out at the Mustangs’ 33 yard line when the Wolverines came up inches short on a fourth down, and ended up turning the ball over on downs.
With the clock running continuously in the quarter, the Wolverines faced the 47-0 deficit to start the final quarter, and their Wolverine Pride helped spark a pair of scoring drives.
After getting the ball early in the quarter, Fehr handed off to Mitch Bonnstetter, who would take off for a 50 yard adventure through the Mustang defense for a score with 7:30 to go in the game. Andy Riesenberg added a two-point conversion for a 47-8 tally.
An onside kick by the Wolverines followed, and Jack Riesenberg jumped on the ball to give the Wolverines another opportunity at the Mustang’s 38 yard line.
Mitch Bonnstetter would pick up a first down at the 27 yard line, which was followed up with another first down at the 15 yard line off a five yard push by Andy Riesenberg that was aided with a face-mask penalty against Armstrong–Ringsted.
Ona second and nine at the 14 yard line, a pass by Ethan Fehr was intercepted to kill the Wolverines’ drive.
Both teams brought their reserves in to play out the game, and the Mustangs managed to push another touchdown into the end zone for a 54-8 lead after the kick.
On the ensuing kickoff, Mitch Bonnstetter took the kick-off and got a couple of huge blocks. Bonnstetter broke a pair of tackle attempts near the sideline and would go 79 yards to score with 2:10 left in the game. The conversion failed, making the final score 54-14 as time ran out and the season ended for the Wolverines.