Wolverines Advance With 52-14 Victory
WEST?BEND – The Wolverines of West Bend-Mallard-Gilmore City-Bradgate claimed a at 52-14 win over Remsen-Union in the first round of the 2013 football playoffs Wednesday night. The win set up a re-match with Marcus-meriden-Cleghorn in Marcus on Monday night.
It took awhile for the Wolverines to get their post-season on track, as they would trail Remsen Union at the end of the first quarter. The Wolverines had drawn first blood by taking the opening kickoff to score after a 12-play drive capped by a four-yard run from Davey Jergens, who also ran in the conversion for an 8-0 lead.
But Remsen-Union would answer after an interception set up their first score. A second score with time winding down would put the Rockets on top, 14-8, just after the start of the second quarter
WBM/GCB would do some quick soul-searching and came out with renewed purpose to their play.
An onside kick by Remsen-Union was recovered by the Wolverines, but a second interception of a Jesse Zinnel pass would give the Rockets the ball back. But the defense held firm and forced a punt.
Just four plays later, the Wolverines were back on track. An eight-yard run from Jesse Zinnel with 6:59 would tie the game at 14-14 after the conversion failed.
The Wolverine defense was back in the swing of the game as Jesse Zinnel got an interception of his own at the Rockets’ 25-yard line on the next series for the Pick-Six touchdown. Zinnel then added the conversion to put the Wolverines up 22-14 with 6:12 to go before the intermission.
With a lead in hand, the situation was a little more familiar for the Wolverines, as they went to work defensively, giving the Rockets little if anything to work with and forcing a punt.
Davey Jergens fielded the punt at the Wolverines’ 19-yard line and took off for the other end of the field and 61-yards later, Jergens had returned the punt for a touchdown. Jergens put the exclamation point on the score with the conversion run and a 30-14 lead with 3:24 to play in the half.
But the Wolverine defense was just getting started. A three-and-out by the Rockets gave WBM/GCB?the ball at their 39 with just under 2:00 to go in the half, and the offense went to work.
Jesse Zinnel called his own number and raced 41 yards on the first play of the series to score, but after the conversion failed, the Wolverines now held a 36-14 advantage at the intermission.
Remsen-Union got the ball to start the second half, but ended up punting, only to have the punt blocked for a safety, giving the Wolverines the 38-14 lead with 10:24 to go in the third quarter.
WBM/GCB got the free kick and then needed just four plays to go 44 yards, capping the drive with a 29-yard reception by Jason Zinnel with 9:13 to play in the quarter. The conversion failed, making the score 44-14 as the Wolverines were rolling.
The Rockets would mount a drive into the Wolverines’ half of the field on their next possession, getting to the 24 yard line before fumbling the ball. Braden Knobloch jumped on the loose ball, but the offense couldn’t get going after the turnover and was forced to punt.
However, the Wolverines’ punt was blocked, but the defense stopped the Rockets cold to force another punt.
As the clock wound down to end the third frame, the Rockets faced a tough fourth and 15 at their own nine yard line and punted.
Davey Jergens would return the punt to the Rockets’ 19-yard line to start the fourth quarter, and with 8:23 to go in the contest, Jesse Zinnel kept the ball for the final touchdown. Nathan Grimm ran in the conversion for the 52-14 tally.
The clock would run non-stop for the rest of the game as the Wolverine reserves took over to preserve the victory for West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore-City-Bradgate.
The defense came up big for the Wolverines, racking up seven quarterback sacks, with Cole Banwart getting to the QB three times for losses and Braden Knobloch tallying two sacks, while Nathan Grimm and Carson Wirtz both tallied sacks.
Cole Banwart and Braden Knobloch both made nine tackles, with Nathan Grimm and Carson Wirtz both making seven tackles on the night. Jesse Zinnel also recorded an interceptions.
The Wolverines gained 270 total of offense, with Jesse Zinnel completing just five of 15 passes. Jason Zinnel had three catches and Jack Fehr had the other two catches for a total of 86 passing yards.
Jesse Zinnel would lead the rushing attack with 113 yards off 12 carries, while Nathan Grimm added 33 yards off 11 rushes for a total of 184 rushing yards off 36 attempts.
Remsen-Union was held to 143 total yards of offense in the contest.