Written by Devon Boen
The Wolves’ football team was just barely defeated in a low-scoring home game against Plentywood on Friday night, Sept. 21. The final count was 7-6 and coach David Knerr said the match was a defensive battle.
Quarterback Tukker Toavs was 10 for 15 on passing for 137 yards and scored one touchdown, while tight-end Mechiah Zilkoski caught one pass for a 15-yard touchdown and Easton Copenhaver caught one pass for eight yards.
Wide receivers Hayden Hanks caught six passes for 107 yards and Aaron D'Ambrosio caught one pass for 11 yards. Knerr said the defense was led by Garrett Pronto with 12 tackles, with Easton Copenhaver, David Hopson and Hunter Braaten all close seconds with more than seven tackles each.
“The game was a tight battle from the kickoff to the final horn,” Knerr said. “The defense played ‘Lights Out’ all night. If we continue to execute like that game in and game out, the future will be very rough for our opponents! We had several opportunities to take the lead in the game, but they were just out of our grasp. The team played well — their best effort yet. They now have to grasp and finish all the opportunities they work toward, on the field.”
The Wolves’ junior varsity team played at home against Fairview Monday night, Sept. 24, and overcame its opponent’s 12- point lead, winning 26-12.
Sophomore quarterback Dalton Hafner was six for nine on passing with 228 yards, had 10 rushes for 65 yards and made multiple touchdowns. Sophomore Hayden Hanks caught five passes for 209 yards and made three touchdowns, and sophomore Tyson Bridges caught one pass for 19 yards and made seven tackles.
Knerr was impressed with the team’s perseverance.
“It was awesome watching the team not pack it in after being down, but to rise up and fight back for a great win,” Knerr said.
The varsity team will play next at home against Colstrip on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., and the junior varsity team will play at home against Poplar on Monday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m.