The Eagles took the opening drive and nearly 5 minutes of the 1st quarter to score the first points of the night on a 1 yard blast up the middle. The Wolverines then had a drive of their own and Mike Faust plunged into the endzone with 46 seconds gone in the 2nd quarter. Nick Massmann added the extra point kick and the score was knotted at 7.
With about 7 minutes to go in the second quarter, Lawton-Bronson ran another short run of 2 yards to put them up 14-7. Lawton-Bronson tried scoring again a short time later, but fumbled the ball in the endzone and the Wolverines were able to cover it up for a touchback. This was one of the first games of the season where we got some breaks and were able to take advantage of them acknowledged Coach Fuhrman. In fact we made a pretty good run at a score before half but came up short when Adam Paulsen got pressured out of the pocket with a few seconds to go and had the ball knocked out of his hands.
The third quarter and the first part of the fourth were much the same as both teams scored and kept it a close game. Tanner Mathews scored with 8:00 to go in the third quarter on a 7 yard run. Nick Massmann kicked the extra point and the score was tied 14-14. The Eagles answered with a 7 yard run of their own and put them up 21-14 with 2:57 to go in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter started out with a goal line stand by the Wolverines. The Eagles came up short on a fourth down and 2 play. This gave the ball back to the Wolverines on the two yard line. When the first 3 plays for the Wolverines didn't net any positive yards fourth down proved to be much different. "I knew they would be trying to block it and would be sending everybody. We had good luck with fake punt a year ago against them and decided to give it a shot, stated Coach Fuhrman." Tim Jenness threw a pass to Jarod Syndergaard for 19 yards and enough for the first down. A few plays later Adam Paulsen broke out of the pocket and cruised 69 yards for the score. Mike Faust couldn't get across the goal-line on the PAT and now the Wolverines were only down 21-20.
After the kick off the Wolverines stopped the Eagles and forced them to punt. The return was fumbled and the Eagles were able to put together a short drive to the endzone. Later the Eagles would add another score as a pass to Syndergaard was picked off.
The Wolverines were led by Mike Faust with 26 carries for 94 yards and a touchdown. Tanner Mathews had 8 carries for 51 yards and a TD. Adam Paulsen, in his first start as quarterback this year, had 7 carries for 59 yards and was 4 for 12 for 59 yards passing. He rushed for one touchdown and threw one interception. Jarod Syndergaard led all receivers with 2 catches for 55 yards.
Defensively, Pete Mathews led the team with 5 solos and 5 assists. Mike Faust had 2 solos and 3 assists with a fumble recovery. Adam Paulsen had 5 and 2 and Tim Jenness had 3 solos and 4 assists.
Next week the Wolverines travel to Hinton. It will take improved effort and real hard work to stop the run next week. Hinton is a well coached team and will be ready. So will the Wolverines