KINGSLEY - River Valley football coach Kent Bass felt his Wolverines "played extremely well the entire ball game" against Kingsley-Pierson on Friday, in their season-ending game.
The Wolverines ended up on the wrong side of a 22-7 score, though, so what was the problem?
Bass concluded by saying, "We played physical football, just like I hoped we would, but the bounces didn't come our way."
River Valley , which finished the season with a disappointing 1-8 mark, was led in rushing Friday by Ethan Byers, whose 11 carries netted 102 yards and the lone RV touchdown. Justin Dicks also carried 11 times, and gained 25 yards.
Quarterback Zach Hullinger completed two of 12 pass attempts for 20 yards, and was intercepted twice by the Panthers. Pat Brinkman made the two receptions, and also led the Wolverines' defense with 14 tackles, 11 of them solo efforts. Andy Paulsen had eight stops, and Ross Baldwin and Dylan Rex seven each.
Kingsley-Pierson was led by an impressive 32 carry, 235-yard rushing effort from Isiah Corbin, who scored all three Panther touchdowns. K-P's Dexter Mahrt totaled 15 carries for 50 yards.