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Wolverines Fall To Armstrong-Ringsted

By Staff | Oct 26, 2010

West Bend-Mallard’s Ryan Banwart runs out of the reach of a pair of Armstrong-Ringsted defenders in the Wolverines 42-8 regular season ending loss Friday night at West Bend. The Wolverines will advance to the post season when they play Newell-Fonda on Wednesday at Newell. --Tim Dahlahauser photo

WEST?BEND – If you always save the best for last, then Friday’s game between West Bend-Mallard and Armstrong-Ringsted should have been the best game of the season. Unfortunately, it didn’t pan out that way for the Wolverines of West Bend-Mallard, who fell to their guests by a 42-8 margin in the regular season finale.

But even in defeat there is victory, as the Wolverines still earned a berth in the post season playoffs that start this Wednesday night, as they will take on the Mustangs of Newell-Fonda at Newell in a first-round playoff matchup.

On Friday night, however, it was a night of frustration for the Wolverines, as they were held tightly in check by the Armstrong-Ringsted defense. Despite their best efforts, West Bend-Mallard would only find the end zone once on the night, a 10-yard run by Ryan Banwart and two-point conversion against the potent AR offensive performance of 42 points.

The Wolverines would get 70 yards rushing on eight carries from Mitch Bonnstetter, while Greg Mader gained 67 yards of six carries. Ryan Banwart would add 65 yards off a dozen carries. Collin Thatcher had 39 yards from four rushes and Logan Streit picked up 16 yards on three carries.

Mitch Bonnstetter would complete three of seven passes on the night for 50 yards, but had three of his passes picked off by the Armstrong-Ringsted defense, as the Wolverines would end up with 257 rushing yards and 50 passing for a 307 yard effort on the night.

On defense, the Wolverines got six tackles and four assists from Collin Thatcher, while Ryan Banwart made six stops with eight assists. Logan Streit had five tackles with eight assists and Tanner Bruellman added four stops with seven assisted tackles to the effort.

While the Wolverines complete the regular season with a third place finish in their district at 5-2 and 7-2 overall, they continue post-season play on Wednesday night when they travel to Newell to face off against Newell-Fonda in a 7 p.m. kickoff.