LATIMER For all intensive purposes, Friday's game was over after one quarter of play for the West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate Wolverines. The Wolverines led 40-0 after one quarter, and with the junior varsity playing the final three quarters, WBM/GCB earned an 82-6 win over CAL in Eight Man District Two play. The win leaves the Wolverines perfect at 8-0 on the season as they prepare to take on Laurens-Marathon this Friday night at West Bend.
WBM/GCB wasted little time in getting on the board as Davey Jergens went 59 yards on the third play from scrimmage for the score and a run by Jordan Buhs made the score 8-0 with 10:53 to go in the first quarter. The Cadets of CAL would go three and punt, with Davey Jergens returning the punt to the CAL 33. Nathan Grimm would rush twice and Jordan Buhs capped the drive with a six-yard run. A pass from Jesse Zinnel to Jason Zinnel for the conversion made the score 16-0 as the rout was on.
Another three downs and punt would follow for CAL and the Wolverines would need just three plays to travel 55 yards for a score, courtesy of a 48-yard run by Nathan Grimm. Jordan Buhs ran in the conversion for a 24-0 lead and there was still lots of time to go in the opening quarter.
BLOCKED!?- Cole Banwart, in back, blocked this CAL?punt during action in Friday’s 82-6 Wolverine victory over the Cadets at Latimer. West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City-Bradgate improved to 8-0 with the win Friday night . -- Tim Dahlhauser photo
CAL would pick up a first down on their possession, but a fumble would be recovered by Nathan Grimm at the Cadet's 20-yard line and ran it down to the five-yard stripe. Jesse Zinnel would take over on the keeper and ran o=in on the first down play. A pass from Jesse Zinnel to Jack Fehr made the score 32-0 with 3:18 to go in the quarter.
The Wolverine defense held CAL to three downs and a punt that Davey Jergens returned 45 yards for a touchdown. The Zinnel to Zinnel connection worked to perfection on the conversion to give WBM/GCB a 40-0 lead with just over 1:30 to go in the opening quarter.
To open the second quarter, CAL's fortunes did not improve, as the Wolverine defense struck again, with Cole Banwart blocking a punt and Jesse Zinnel picking it up and running in for a score. Davey Jergens added the conversion for a 48-0 lead just :10 into the second quarter.
Head Coach Pete Kapustynski sent his reserves into the contest at that point, and the JV squad picked up right where the varsity had left off. CAL would use a questionable interference call to string together a scoring drive, and tallied their only touchdown of the night with 7:43 to go in the first half for a 48-6 score after the conversion failed.
On the kickoff,Jordan Buhs returned the kick-off to the Wolverine 29 yard line, where it would only require two plays for a score. This time, Jesse Zinnel threw to Jason Zinnel from 25 yards away and Jesse Zinnel ran in the conversion for the 56-6 lead.
CAL would go three and out and the Wolverine JV responded with Nolan Roger Dahlhauser fielding the punt at his own 35 and making a nifty 45-yard return for a touchdown. This time, the conversion try came up short, making the score 62-6, which would hold to the intermission.
In the second half, the JV remained in the game for the Wolverines as CAL received the second half kick-off, but would be forced to punt after a first down. Starting at their own 30 following the punt, WBM/GCB was intercepted by the Cadets, but the Wolverine defense responded with a good stand that killed the Cadets' drive and got the ball back on downs.at their own 30-yard line.
WBM/GCB quickly marched down field, capping off a 50-yard drive with a 37-yard run by Tyler McKimmey with 1:12 to go in the third frame. Travis Fehr ran in the conversion for the 70-6 score to end the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, CAL would end up punting early, giving the Wolverine another scoring opportunity as Nolan Robert Dahlhauser would score a nine-yard touchdown but the conversion kick was blocked for a 76-6 score.
The Wolverines would end the contest with a 39-yard run from Dalton Knobloch with 5:00 left. The conversion run failed to make the 82-6 final tally.
West Bend-Mallard/Gilmore City Bradgate's offense racked up 380 total yards on the night, with 321 yards rushing and 59 through the airways, with Jesse Zinnel connecting on five of six attempts. Jason Zinnel had four catches for 56 yards and Jack Fehr had the three-yard reception.
Nathan Grimm rushed four times four 90 yards while Davey Jergens had four rushes for 78 yards. Tyler McKimmey picked up 50 yards on two rushes while Dalton Knobloch had a 59-yard run. Nolan Robert Dahlhauser ran three times to gain 24 yards, while Jordan Bush and Nolan Grimm both gained 12 yards each and Jesse Zinnel picked up 10 yards, while Jeff Riesenberg and Travis Fehr both gained three yards each.
dozen yards each and Jesse Zinnel gained 10. Jeff Riesenberg and Travis Fehr netted three yards each.
Jack Fehr led the defense with seven tackles, including a sack. Jack Banwart and Taylor Bennet both added six stops, with Bennett also tallying a quarterback sack. Jason Zinnel and Travis Fehr each had five tackles.