Wolverines Fall In Battle Of The Undefeated
ARMSTRONG – Friday’s meeting of the West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate Wolverines and the Armstrong-Ringsted Mustangs had been long-anticipated through the season. With both teams entering the final week of he regular season without a loss, everyone knew someone would end the night with their first loss of the season.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, it was a long trip home with a 41-18 loss to think about to close out the regular season with a 5-1 district mark and 8-1 overall record.
The host Mustangs would strike first on Friday night, scoring on a 64-yard punt return by Tyler Fedderson. The Mustangs would score again with 5:11 to go in the opening frame when Fedderson would run into the end zone off a three yard dash to give AR a 14-0 advantage.
However, the Wolverines would finally get an offensive series to pan out, as with 3:30 to go in the quarter, Mitch Bonnstetter ripped through the Mustang defense for a 42-yard run to score with 3:38 to go in the quarter, but the two-point conversion pass fell short to make the score 14-6 at the end of the first quarter.
After the almost frantic flurry of scoring in the first quarter, the offensive pace slowed in the second quarter of the game.
Armstrong-Ringsted would eat up clock time and come up with a score with 3:27 remaining in the half off a 12-yard pass reception by Evan Hagebock. The kick was good, making the score 21-6.
After a three-and out by the Wolverines, the Mustangs would strike one more time with just :01 to go before the break as Hagebock would make another catch to give the Mustangs a 28-6 lead at the intermission.
In the second half, West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate would score of a seven yard run by Mitch Bonnstetter, but once again, the Wolverines were unable to capitalize on the conversion point, making the score 28-12.
The Mustangs would score on their next possession off a 77-yard bomb to take a 34-12 lead at the end of the third quarter.
In the final frame, the Wolverines fought back like their namesake, working their way down to the one-yard line, only to be turned away by the Mustangs.
Armstrong-Ringsted would come back to score on a 32 yard run with 8:09 to go in the contest for a 41-12 advantage.
The Wolverines refused to concede and managed to post a final touchdown when Jesse Zinnel completed a seven yard pass to Matt Goeders with 1:15 remaining in the game. The conversion attempt failed, for the 41-18 final score.
The Wolverines gained 153 yards off 24 attempts and made seven of 20 passes for 124 yards to amass 277 yards total offense.
Armstrong-Ringsted would amass 262 yards rushing off 50 attempts and made five of 14 passes for 148 yards to amass 410 yards total offense.
Offensively, Mitch Bonnstetter gained 91 yards on 12 carries, while Logan Streit had 41 yards off eight carries.
Nate Grimm gained 12 yards off three carries, while Dan Eubank had seven yards off a carry and Jesse Zinnel gained two yards off one rushing attempt.
Mitch Bonnstetter completed four of 11 passes for 70 yards and Jesse Zinnel connected on three of nine throws for 54 yards and a touchdown.
Matt Goeders made five catches for 100 yards and a touchdown and Jason Zinnel had one reception for 24 yards.
Defensively, Nate Grimm made seven tackles and assisted on nine stops, while Collin Thatcher made six tackles and assisted on three stops.
Dustin Johnson had four solo tackles and five assists and Logan Streit added two tackles with six assists. Matt Goeders added one pass interception to the Wolverines effort.