Wolverines’ Season Ends In Quarterfinal Setback
MARCUS – The hopes of a trip to the UNI?Dome were dashed Friday night for the Wolverines of West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate. The Eagles of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn took a 21-14 victory over the Wolverines in quarterfinal playoff action to end the Wolverines’ season with a mark of 6-5.
The Eagles would come out of the chute running to start Friday’s contest, as they would grind their way 42 yards down to the eight-yard line before scored an eight yard run by quarterback Ben Specht and added the kick by Jacob Spieler for a 7-0 lead with 9:39 to go in the opening frame.
The Wolverines would take over at their 15 on a touchback, but a bad snap put the Wolverines at their own three-yard line on second down. WBM/GCB would work out of the hole, but a pass from Nolan Robert Dahlhauser was intercepted by the Eagles, who took over at WBM’s 33.
The Eagles would go nowhere after the turnover and turned the ball over on downs, bu the Wolverines would go four and out, punting with 5:32 to go in the quarter.
MMC took over at their 21 yard line and began grinding their way down filed, and with :48 to play in the quarter, Jacob Spieler pulled in a 21-yard pass despite coverage by Travis Fehr to score the Eagles’ second touchdown. The kick gave MMC?a 14-0 advantage to end the first quarter.
The Wolverines would work their way downfield as the second quarter began, and got to the Eagles’ eight-yard line with 8:21 to play in the half. Facing a fourth and three at the eight, The Wolverines went to the air, only to have the pass batted down.
MMC would take over on downs, only to lead to a punt, but a good return to midfield was wiped out by an illegal block penalty on the Wolverines, that backed them up to their 25. Another penalty would ensue in the drive, forcing a punt from the eight-yard line.
MMC?would get to their 39 before having to punt and the Wolverines took over with :53 to go in the half at their 25 yard line. Good runs from Nolan Roger Dahlhauser would get the Wolverines to the Eagles’ 10 yard line with :08 to play, but MMC would make two stops to end the half with the 14-0 advantage.
WBM/GCB?would get the ball to open the second half and seemed like a completely different team. Starting at their own 21 yard line after the opening kick, After a pair of short gains, Nolan Roger Dahlhauser Found a seam and ripped off a run of 37 yards that took the Wolverines down to the one-yard line. Nolan Robert Dahlhauser would fumble the ball on the snap, but picked it up at the two and dove over the goal line for the score with 11:04 to play in the third frame. Gustav Taljegard spilt the uprights with the kick to make the score 14-7.
The Eagles would take over on the resulting kick and struggled against the Wolverine defense before fumbling the football at their WBM/GCB 25 yard line with 9:03 to go in the quarter. The Wolverines would recover the ball, but went nowhere and had to punt.
The two teams would end up trading punts again as the third quarter would come to a close with MMC?holding a 14-7 lead.
The exchange of punts continued in the final quarter, but penalties would dog the Wolverines down the stretch. MMC?would score off a one-yard run by Derek Erdman with 1:38 to play and the kick made the margin 21-7.
But like their namesake, the Wolverines were not about to go down without a fight.
An onside kick was fielded by Dexter Knobloch at the Wolverines’ 36 yard line for good field position. Once again, Nolan Roger Dahlhauser would carry the ball for short yardage across midfield and into MMC?territory, but with :57 to play, Jack Banwart went into the air in the end zone and pulled in a 20-yard touchdown strike from Nolan Robert Dahlhauser for the score. Gustav Teljegard’s kick was true, cutting the deficit to 21-14.
The onside kick attempt would not pan out as the Wolverines hoped for when MMC?was able to jump on the ball at their 32. The Eagles would take a knee on their final possessions to take the win and end the Wolverines’ season with the 21-14 setback.