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W-MU can’t solve Comet defense on homecoming

Sep 12, 2017
Photo by: Dana Royer Kaleb Hagge dives to drag down a Cardinal player during Winfield-Mt. Union’s homecoming game on Friday night.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

WINFIELD — It was a defensive struggle all night on Friday in Winfield as the Wolves took on Cardinal in their homecoming game. W-MU kept it close all game long, but the Wolves’ offense couldn’t quite pull out any much-needed second half points.

After going down 14-6 early on in the second quarter, the Wolves’ defense was able to hold Cardinal scoreless all game long. The only problem was that W-MU couldn’t muster up any points of its own, and had to settle for the eight-point loss.

Cardinal scored first when Comet quarterback Trey Albert found Ben Clark for a 33-yard touchdown pass with 5:15 showing on the first quarter clock. The Wolves stopped the two-point converstion attempt but still trailed 6-0.

W-MU responded shortly afterward with a score of its own. Quarterback Christian Gerot finished a drive off with a one-yard touchdown run. The PAT was no good and the game was tied 6-6 after one quarter.

In the second quarter, Albert found Kade Chance for a two-yard strike. The Comets converted on a two-point conversion by Albert and W-MU found themselves in a 14-6 hole.

That was all the scoring the W-MU crowd would see. The two offenses went stagnant and the Wolves came eight-points short of their first win of the season.

Gerot finished 13-27 with 107 yards and an interception through the air. The one-yard touchdown run was his only rushing attempt of the night.

Daunte Oepping had a nice night offensively, catching eight passes for 56 yards. Juanito Piper had two catches for 18 yards and the trio of Alex Adams, Jacob Ford and Hagge each caught one pass apiece.

Andrew Brady ran for 46 yards to lead the ground game. Graham Hagge finished the game with 23 yards rushing.

Kyle Giese had 11 tackles including 4.5 tackles for a loss to lead the defense. Piper finished with 10.5 tackles, including 2.5 TFLs. Jayce Malone had seven tackles in the loss and Brady finished with seven tackles and a fumble recovery.

The Wolves fell to 0-4 overall this season and 0-1 in the district. W-MU will have a bye week this weekend and get two weeks to prepare for a tough Lynville-Sully team on Friday, Sept. 22. That game will take place in Winfield at 7 p.m.

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