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W-MU football team falls to undefeated Eagles

Sep 25, 2017
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Andrew Brady breaks a couple of tackles to bust the run outside on Friday night.

By Andy Krutsinger,

Mt. Pleasant News

 

WINFIELD — It was tough sledding in Winfield on Friday night as the hosting Winfield-Mt. Union Wolves had trouble moving the ball against a stacked Lynnville-Sully squad that came in ranked fourth in the Gazette poll Class 1A rankings.

The Wolves were shut out 48-0 in the first half, and with no points being scored in the third and fourth quarters, the Eagles walked out with a 48-point victory.

W-MU did have the first big play of the game. Juanito Piper picked off the Eagles’ quarterback on Lynnville-Sully’s first drive and the Wolves had the ball inside the 35-yard line.

Quarterback Christian Gerot threw a swing pass to the right side that missed his intended target, however, and the ball fell into the hands of Lynnville Sully’s Jesse Van Wyk, who had 69-yards of open space ahead of him and ran the interception all the way back for a touchdown.

The Eagles had four interceptions on the night, two of which went back for scores. Gage Vander Leest had a 43-yard pick-six later in the first half.

Despite the loss, the W-MU defense made plenty of big plays. The Wolves forced three turnovers. Daunte Oepping had the second interception of the game and the Wolves forced a handful of fumbles, falling on one of them for another takeaway.

Oepping had six tackles to lead the team. Piper, Jacob Ford and Carter Hinkle all came away with three tackles of their own.

The Wolves were led offensively by running back Andrew Brady, who went for 44 yards. Josh Burroughs was 3-7 with 17 yards to lead the passing attack and Oepping had four catches for 21 yards.

After the game, W-MU coach Scott McCarty said while it wasn’t pretty, he was proud of the team’s effort. Coach McCarty said the Wolves have done a good job in the turnover battle this year, but haven’t found many ways to generate offense.

With a young and small team, McCarty says healing from injuries is a key to reaching more of their goals this season.

“Our main thing is getting healthy,” McCarty says, “so we (have enough people) to play and to compete.”

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