Fricke leads Wolves to win
MARENGO — With 101 yards passing and 105 yards rushing, Max Fricke led the Winfield-Mt. Union football team to its first victory of the season, 30-22 over Iowa Valley on Friday.
The Wolves’ quarterback went eight-of-15 passing, averaging 12.6 yards per completion.
Jake Edwards had four catches for 61 yards, while Garret Baker and Lake Carlson each had two catches for 23 and 17 yards, respectively.
Fricke led the team in total rushing yards, scored all four of the team’s touchdowns on the ground and rushed for a pair of two-point conversions.
Darren Hunter also rushed for a two-point conversion.
Carlson averaged a team-high 26 yards per carry. Thayne McElhinney picked up 55 rushing yards and Hunter ran for 26 yards. Kolt Rossiter had 31 yards on the ground.
“Our front five — Klayton Booth, Kyle Davis, Sam Jennings, Taime Fenton and Colton Hinkle — did an outstanding job of blocking bigger opponents and opening holes for the running game,” Coach Scott McCarty noted.
On defense, Jennings came up with a team-high 18 tackles, including three solo tackles for loss.
“I am so incredibley proud of the way our young men came out and competed throughout the game,” McCarty said. “It was a back and forth battle ... and we had to come from behind to win.”
The Wolves were down 24-22 in the fourth quarter of the road game. On fourth down with four yards to go, the Wolves needed a big play.
And they got it.
Carlson ran for 44 yards, and the Wolves capped the drive with a touchdown by Fricke. Hunter ran the ball in for the two-point conversion, and the Wolves took the lead with four minutes left to go.
Iowa Valley was able to march the ball down into Wolves’ territory and went for it on fourth and long, but the combined efforts of Fricke, Edwards and Rossiter deflected the pass.
With three minutes to go, the Wolves got the ball back. Iowa Valley nearly got one more chance on offense, but Fricke converted fourth and short, allowing W-MU to take a knee to end it.
The Wolves are now 1-1 overall and open district play when they host Danville on Friday.