Lone Tree spoils homecoming for Wolves
WINFIELD — The Winfield-Mt. Union football team faltered against a tough Lone Tree team Friday, dropping its homecoming game to the Lions, 20-6.
The Wolves scored their lone touchdown on a 20-yard run by Max Fricke in the second quarter, and W-MU trailed 7-6 at halftime.
However, the Lions were able to stretch their lead in the second half and the Wolves couldn’t do any more damage.
“(Friday’s) game showed us many things that we need to work on,” Coach Scott McCarty said. “We are still improving and not quite where we need to be in order to compete for a district title.
“The Lone Tree program has been successful in the last few years, and it is because they have kids that are dedicated to the weight room,” he added. “We are in a situation where our kids are starting to get in the weight room, but we need more effort and desire to be strong. The last two weeks have shown us that we need to get faster and stronger.”
So far this season, however, McCarty has been impressed with his team’s improvement.
In Friday’s game, he noted that the offensive line played a big role.
“In the first half, we were able to control the line of scrimmage and move the ball some,” McCarty said. “We were open in the passing game and did a decent job of protecting in the passing game.”
Max Fricke was 5-for-18 passing for 111 yards on the night.
Jake Edwards had two catches for 49 yards. Darren Hunter had a 31-yard reception, Lake Carlson made a 21-yard catch and Garret Baker caught a 10-yard pass.
On the ground, Thayne McElhinney picked up a team-high 38 yards.
Kyle Davis had nine tackles, while Fricke and Edwards each had an interception.
The Wolves are now 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the district.
“We have a big week coming up against our rival WACO,” McCarty said. “It hasn’t been a very competitive rivalry the last few years, (but) I feel that if we can get some excitement back into our guys and have a good week of practice, we should put ourselves in a position to be successful.”