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Wolverines Rebound For Win Over Mavericks

By Staff | Sep 27, 2016

CONVERGING DEFENSE - A trio of West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate defenders, put a stop to this Maverick rushing attempt. Trinton Schmidt (#56), Nick Ford (#50) and Danie Riesenberg (#81) all combined to make the tackle for loss in the Wolverines’ 58-6 win Friday night. -- Tim Dahlhauser photo

Bouncing back after a tough loss a week ago, the Wolverines of West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate used a big second half to earn a 58-6 win over Clay Central-Everly Friday night. The win improves the Wolverines to 4-1 as they prepare for a key district matchup this Friday in West Bend as they host Harris-Lake Park.

The Wolverines would score on their first possession of the ball game off a 16-yard run by Dexter Knobloch with 8:38 to play in the quarter. The conversion try failed for a 6-0 lead but it was a positive start for the Wolverines.

After a quick three and out by the Mavericks of Clay Central-Everly, WBM/GCB found paydirt when Michael Fehr scored off a two-yard run. The conversion try failed, giving the Wolverines a 12-0 lead that would hold through the end of the first quarter.

It wouldn’t take long to score in the second quarter as Michael Fehr put the ball in the air and Danie Riesenberg made a 53-yard catch for a score with 8:10 to go in the half. But once again, the conversion try was for naught, giving the Wolverines an 18-0 lead.

The defense was doing its job as well for WBM/GCB, as on the next series, Michael Fehr intercepted a pass at the CCE 29. The turnover wouldn’t pan out, and the two teams traded possessions to close out the first half.

In the second half, the Wolverines came out ready for more and got a starting books from Dexter Knobloch as he ripped off a 50-yard run for a touchdown with 10:42 to go in the third quarter. The conversion failed, making the scored 24-0.

On the next series, a bad snap on a punt gave WBM-GCB the ball on the Mavericks’ five-yard line, and two plays later, Thad Fogarty added six points off a two-yard plunge. Knobloch ran in the two-point conversion for a 32-0 lead with 8:31 to play in the third frame.

After a Maverick punt, Trinton Schmidt returned it to Clay Central-Everly’s 17-yard line with just 1:36 to go in the quarter. The Wolverines would take advantage of the field position and scored with :19 to go in the quarter when Michael Fehr kept the ball on the sneak from the one-yard line. The conversion failed for a 38-0 lead and continuous clock for the remainder of the ball game.

CC-E would go nowhere in a hurry to start the fourth quarter, as after a big quarterback sack by Mason Studer and Juan Falcon, a bad snap on a punt was recovered in the end zone by Dexter Knobloch for a touchdown. The two-point conversion by Danie Riesenberg made the score 46-0 with 10:47 remaining in the game.

West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate would get a final score from special teams as Brandon Fehr hit the punter before he could set up for the kick and recovered the ball in the end zone. The two-point conversion would make the score 52-0 with 4:14 to go in the game.

Clay Central-Everly would finally score off a 10-yard run with :40 to play for a 52-6 score, but on the ensuing kickoff, Trinton Schmidt fielded the kick at the Wolverines’ three-yard line and raced 77-yards up the middle of the field for the score and the 56-6 score with :25 to play, effectively ending the game.

The Wolverine offense got 113 yards from Dexter Knobloch off 13 carries, while Thad Fogarty picked up 52 yards off four rushes. Michael Fehr had seven carries for 41 yards while Lincoln Fehr had three yards in one carry and Nolan Blair gained two yards with his only carry. Danie Riesenberg added a 53-yard reception from Michael Fehr and Trinton Schmidt chipped in a 77 yard kickoff return to help the Wolverines rack up a total of 264 yard in the win.

For the defense, Mason Studer made16 tackles with a pair of quarterback sacks. Trinton Schmidt made 10 tackles and Dexter Knobloch added seven stops.

Juan Falcon and Isaac Rodriguez each added quarterback sacks to the effort and Michael Fehr made two interceptions.