Wolverines Fall In Season Opening Contest
WEST?BEND?- The opening game of the 2015 gridiron season was plagued with wet conditions and a formidable opponent for the West Bend-Mallard/Gil-more City-Bradgate Wol-verines Friday night. Hosting the defending State Champion Newell-Fonda Mustangs, the purple and gold came out on the wrong end of an 18-34 decision.
With a steady drizzle making the field slick and conditions less than ideal to start the contest, the Wolverines would strike first. Midway through the first quarter, Travis Fehr would take a handoff and scampered in from four yards out to put the first touchdown of the season on the scoreboard. A try for two points would fail, though, giving WBM/GCB a 6-0 advantage with 5:27 to go in the first stanza.
The Mustangs would take over on the resulting kick but would give the ball back to the Wolverines, who would also give the ball back.
Newell-Fonda would then engineer their first scoring drive of the evening off a 30-yard pass play for a score with just :08 to go in the first quarter. After a penalty on the first extra point try against the Wolverines, the Mustangs would get a second try, but again the Wolverines were flagged for a penalty, putting the ball on the one for the Mustangs. The third time wouldn’t be a charm as the Mustangs’ two-point try was stopped dead in its tracks to leave the game knotted at 6-6 to end the first quarter.
The second quarter would turn into a scoring derby for Newell-Fonda, as they would engineer three touchdowns. A 27-yard run would put the Mustangs up 12-6 after the conversion kick was blocked by Nolan Roger Dahlhauser with 9:09 to go in the half.
Newell-Fonda intercepted a Nolan Robert Dahlhauser pass at their own 38-yard stripe and a 42-yard pass play would put another score in the books two plays later. The two-point try was stopped by the Wolverines for an 18-6 Mustang lead with 7:45 to play in the half.
Disaster would strike the Wolverines on the resulting kickoff, as starting at their own 18, on first down, the ball was fumbled and Newell-Fonda came up with the loose ball.
It would only take a couple of plays before the Mustangs scored off a six-yard run, and a successfully two-point conversion made the score 26-6 when the intermission rolled around.
As the second half of play began, the drizzle subsided and Newell-Fonda would come up with another touchdown with 2:50 to go in the third frame off a 28-yard pass. A two-point conversion gave the Mustangs a 34-6 lead when the final quarter began.
But West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate refused to concede anything. With the ball in their possession to start the final quarter, the Wolverines would grind away and capped off a 52-yard drive with an eight-yard run from Travis Fehr with10:39 to play for a score, but the conversion failed to make the score 34-12.
The Mustangs would suffer some misfortune late in the contest when they fumbled the football, which was jumped on by Colton Wickman at the Mustangs’ 15-yard line.
With a gift in hand and great field position, the Wolverines fought and clawed their way towards the goal line, capping off the drive with a three yard plunged by Nolan Roger Dahlhauser for the score. But the conversion run attempt would come up short, making the final score 18-34 after the Wolverines were stopped by the Mustang defense on a final offensive series to end the game.
WBM/GCB would pick up 206 yards on the ground and 23 through the air for a total of 229 total yards of offense in the contest.
Travis Fehr led the Wolverines with 84 yards on 17 rushes, while Nolan Grimm added 49 yards off 15 carries. Nolan Robert Dahlhauser ran for 46 yards in 7 tries and Nolan Roger Dahlhauser added 27 yards off seven carries to round out the rushing.
Receiving-wise, Jack Banwart, Taylor Bennett and Nolan Grimm each caught passes, while Nolan Roger Dahlhauser picked up 105 yards in returns on kickoffs and punts.
Colton Wickman and Nolan Roger Dahlhauser would lead the Wolverine defenders with 12 tackles each on the night, while Nolan Grimm added 11 tackles.
Dalton Knobloch and Travis Fehr both made nine tackles and Jack Banwart added seven tackles to the effort. Travis Fehr would also record a quarterback sack in the contest.
The Wolverines travel to Northwood-Kensett this Friday night.