After Two Gameless Weeks
WEST?BEND – Going into Friday’s game with Graettinger/Terril there were a couple of real unknowns to be answered. First, the West Bend-Mallard/GCB Wolverines hadn’t played a game in two weeks, and secondly, the Knight had just come of a contest where they gave Armstrong-Ringsted all they could handle for three quarters.
All questions were answered definitively in a 66-6 romp by the Wolverines.
The Wolverines would score on their opening drive, as Matt Goeders would catch a 25-yard pass from Mitch Bonnstetter, with Bonnstetter running in the extra point for the 8-0 lead with 9:38 to go in the first quarter.
Graettinger/Terril would answer in-kind on their resulting possession however. On a halfback option pass, Trent Lundgren hit Collin Leiting with a 31 yard pass for a score with 8:21 to go in the quarter. The conversion failed, making the score 8-6, but unfortunately, it would be the Knights only score of the game.
The Wolverines would come marching back down on the next possession and once again, it was Goeders with a 50-yard reception for a touchdown at the 7:55 mark. Bonnstetter put on two more points to take a 16-6 advantage.
The Knights would take the kick but fumbled and the Wolverines took over.
West Bend-Mallard/GCB would waste little time in adding to their total as Bonnstetter would keep the ball and score on a 15-yard run with 5:31 to go in the period. Collin Thatcher would run in the conversion for a 24-6 advantage.
The Knights would use up some clock on their next possession but came up empty-handed as the Wolverines would engineer a final scoring drive in the quarter, capping the possession of with a five-yard run by Bonnstetter. The conversion would fail and give West Bend-Mallard/GCB a 30-6 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Wolverines would score again in the second quarter as Bonnstetter turned to Goeders for a 60-yard touchdown bomb reception. The conversion run attempt was stopped by the Knights, giving the?Wolverines a 36-6 advantage that would hold through the rest of the halt to the intermission.
Things wouldn’t get any better for the Knights in the second half of the game, as West Bend-Mallard/GCB’s defense would continue to harass and stymie the Graettinger/Terril offense at every step and turn.
The Wolverine offense kept grinding away and would be rewarded with a one yard run by Bonnstetter early in the third quarter to make the score 42-6 after the conversion run came up short, but the point differential started the continuous clock for the remainder of the game.
Bonnstetter would score one more time in the third quarter off a 16-yard dash. This time, the Wolverines got a nice run from Logan Streit for the conversion and the 50-0 advantage.
WBM/GCB would strike one more time in the closing stages of the third quarter, as Collin Thatcher would find his way into the end zone off a six yard effort. Bonnstetter ran in the conversion on the keeper to make the score 58-6 to close out the quarter.
In the final stanza, the Wolverines would strike one more time with Logan Streit ripping through the Knight defense for a 42-yard touchdown jaunt. Backup quarterback Jesse Zinnel kept the ball on the conversion for the two-point addition that would account for the 66-6 final tally.
The Wolverines racked up 242 rushing yards off 37 attempts, while Graettinger/Terril earned just 45 yards off 35 carries of the football. In the air, WBM/GCB had eight of 13 pass completions for 211 yards, while the Knights had three of 13 pass completions to pick up 47 yards.
Overall, the Wolverines would amass 453 total offensive yards, compared with the Knights’ 92 yards.
Leading the way for WBM/GCB was Mitch Bonnstetter with 18 carries for 95 yards, while Logan Streit earned 73 yards on eight carries and Collin Thatcher added 56 yards off eight rushes.
Davey Jergens had two carries for nine yards, while Ashton Fehr gained six yards on a carry and Jake Zinnel had a three yard carry.
Matt Goeders was the favored target of Bonnstetter on the night, as he pulled in six receptions for 211 yards and four touchdowns. Sean Riesenberg added a pair of catches for 31 yards in the effort.
The Wolverine defense did its share to dominate the game, limiting the Knights to just two first downs in the contest. Nathan Grimm would grab six solo tackles and five assists, while Collin Thatcher and Dylan Zaugg both made four solo stops and a pair of helpers. Dan Eubank had three stops and a pair of assists, while Tony Bruellman and Dustin Johnson both had three solo tackles and an assist to their credit. Matt Goeders would also make three solo tackles, as well as a quarterback sack and the defensive unit recovered three Knight fumbles during the contest.
For West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate, the next foe will be Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne on Friday night at West Bend,
Graettinger/Terril moves into its Homecoming week as they prepare to host Harris-Lake Park this Friday night at Graettinger.