Written by Al Stover
The smell of hamburgers from Northern Prairie Auto’s tailgate barbecue filled the air as the Wolf Point Wolves’ football team took on the Harlem Wildcats at Lowry Field, Oct. 4.
After four quarters, the Wildcats defeated the Wolves, 43-35.
Harlem scored early in the first quarter. During their first offensive drive, Wildcats’ running back Seth Adams scored a touchdown that was followed up by a successful extra point.
The Wolves began their second drive of the game with running back Josh Berger and quarterback Tukker Toavs making a couple of first down runs that brought the Wolves near the end zone. On fourth down, kicker Nathaniel Paine made a successful field goal, which earned the Wolves their first points of the game and brought the score 7-3. Harlem quickly answered Wolf Point’s field goal with Adams scoring another rushing touchdown.
After a couple of unsuccessful scoring drives from each team, the Wolves would regain the ball after forcing a turnover on downs. Receiver Tyson Bridges would catch a pass from Toavs and score the first touchdown for the Wolves, bringing the score 13-10.
Later in the first half, the Wolves’ defense was able to stop Adams’ momentum and force Harlem to fourth down. What was initially supposed to be a punting attempt by the Wildcats, turned into a turnover on downs after the punter lost his grip on the ball and got tackled after he made the recovery.
After Berger ran for a short gain, Toavs would punch his way into the end zone for a touchdown, bringing the Wolves into the lead.
Wolf Point would score two more times before the end of the second quarter. The first was a receiving touchdown from Bridges after he caught a pass from Toavs. The second was a rushing touchdown by receiver Trevor Hamilton.
During halftime, it was announced the volleyball team raised over $425 during their “Pack the Gym in Pink” fundraiser. Wolf Point outside hitter Sierra Hanks was voted by fans who donated money during the fundraiser to kiss Casey the Cow.
After halftime was finished, the Wildcats began the second half with Stan Irvine scoring a rushing touchdown that was followed by a successful point conversion.
Harlem was able to gain control of the ball once more after a punt from Wolf Point. Irvine scored another touchdown that was followed by another extra point. This tied the score 29-29.
The Wolves’ defense also had impressive moments in the third quarter. Paul Nygaard, David Kneer and Owen Lepper made tackles that kept Harlem from scoring.
Wolf Point once again took the lead, after Hamilton caught a pass from Toavs for a touchdown.
Shortly after Hamilton’s touchdown, Irvine made another trip to the end zone, once again tying the score.
Just as the Wolves were on their way to pick up a touchdown, they fumbled the ball with the Wildcats. With less than one minute on the clock, the Wildcats continued to drive toward the end zone.
With 13 seconds left on the clock, Adams scored another touchdown that would give the Wildcats the game.
The Wolves will play their next game in Glasgow against the Scotties, Oct. 11.