Wolverines Blank CWL To Stay Perfect
WEST?BEND – Fireworks in the skies and a big lead at intermission would combine to give West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate a 38-0 victory over Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne in Eight-Man District Two action Friday night.
The scoring built as rapidly as the storm clouds on the horizon Friday night, as the Wolverines hit paydirt on their second play from scrimmage. After Davey Jergens fielded the opening kick and returned it to midfield, a pass from Jesse Zinnel to Jack Fehr move the ball 13 yards, where Jergens took the handoff on first down and raced 27 yards for a score just :30 in to the ballgame. Jordan Buhs ran in the two-pointer for an 8-0 lead.
CWL would take over, only to be picked off by Jordan Buhs on third down at the Panthers’ 28 yard line. Using the turnover to the fullest advantage, WBM/GCB got a 14 yard keeper from Jesse Zinnel for their second touchdown of the game. The conversion came up shy, giving the purpler and gold a 14-0 lead with 8:38 to go in the first quarter.
Once again, CWL?tried to get something going and managed to get to the Wolverines’ 23 yard stripe, but the Wolverine defense stepped up and forced a turnover on downs at their own 16.
Taking over in home territory, the Wolverines quickly moved down field, needing just four plays to strike. A pass from Jesse to Jason Zinnel started the quick scoring drive to the Panthers’ 37, and a penalty gave the Wolverines first down yardage at the CWL 19 yard stripe. On second down, Davey Jergens would find the end zone from 12 yards out with 2:20 to go in the quarter and Jesse Zinnel kept the ball for the conversion and 22-0 lead.
After holding CWL to three and a punt, the Wolverine offense took over once again. Starting at their 27 yard line, Jesse Zinnel took the first down snap and fired to his twin brother Jason close to midfield. Jason pulled in the throw and raced to the end zone for the 57 yard touchdown reception with :11 to go in the first quarter. Davey Jergens added the conversion run for a 30-0 lead as the first quarter came to a close.
Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne took over to start the second quarter and got into WBM/GCB?territory at the 36, but an untimely fumble was recovered by the Wolverines’ Jason Zinnel near the 40.
With a turnover in hand, the purple and gold tried to make a little hay out of the gift.
A pass attempt by Jesse Zinnel went awry as his ram was hit, and the wounded duck was picked off by the CWL?defense at the Wolverines’ 35 yard line.
The Panthers used the turnover to quickly get to the Wolverines’ five-yard line, but a big defensive stand by the WBM/GCB defense turned the Panthers away as a fumble on third down was recovered by Jason Zinnel in the endzone for a touchback.
Building off the big defensive stand, the Wolverines started at their own 15 and took off for the opposite end of the field. Using eight plays, the Wolverines started with a 25 yard reception by Jason Zinnel to the 40. Jack Fehr would catch a nine-yard toss to the 31 and Jordan Buhs then carried down to the 20 yard line off an 11-yard blast.
Davey Jergens picked up nine yards down to the 11-yard line and Nathan Grimm added seven more yards down to the four yard line.
Jesse Zinnel then dumped a four-yard screen pass into Jason Zinnel’s hands for the touchdown, and then kept the ball on the sneak for the two-point conversion and 38-0 advantage with 2:42 still to play in the half.
CWL?got the ball after the kickoff and managed to work their way down to West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate’s 17 yard line before time ran out for the intermission.
But, lightning began to flash in the skies above and a tornado warning was issued for the county, prompting the game officials, as well as the coaches and school administrators, to halt the contest at that point, giving WBM/GCB the 38-0 victory.
For the Wolverines, Davey Jergens would carry the ball a half-dozen times and gained 90 yards while scoring two touchdowns. Jesse Zinnel came up with six of seven completions in the contest with one interception to gain 113 yards in the air for the Wolverines.
Defensively, Nathan Grimm and Jesse Zinnel would both make 10 tackles in the abbreviated contest.
The next action for West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate will be a long road trip to Latimer Friday night to face the Cadets of CAL Community School..