Written by Devon Boen
The Wolves’ varsity football team secured their first victory of the year on Friday night, Oct. 5, coming out on top of Harlem with a score of 46-18.
The defense was led by Taylor Nygard with 10 tackles and Hunter Braaten who made nine overall. Coach David Knerr said the two give 100 percent and serve as good examples for younger players.
Defensive tackle David Hopson made seven tackles and two sacks, sophomore Tyson Bridges made three tackles and had an interception, and Josh McClammy and Dalton Hafner made eight and nine tackles, respectively.
Knerr acknowledged how great the defense performed, but couldn’t ignore the consistent success achieved by the offense.
“The Wolves’ offense ran the ball up and down the field behind an offensive line that controlled the line of scrimmage all night,” Knerr said. “Seniors Xandre Matejovsky and Hunter Braaten, juniors Trenton Wemmer and Garrett Pronto and sophomore Cameron Quincy all turned in fine performances. With the line playing so well, senior running backs Easton Copenhaver and Taylor Nygard both had great games.”
Copenhaver had 18 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns and caught a pass for 27 yards while Nygard had 16 carries for 127 yards and junior quarterback Tukker Toavs had 11 carries for 30 yards and a touchdown. Toavs also completed six passes on 11 attempts for 211 yards and made one interception and three touchdowns.
Senior tight end Mechiah Zilkoski had three receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns while sophomore Hayden Hanks caught two balls for 61 yards and a touchdown.
With the season coming to a close, Knerr spoke about how proud he is of the team.
“These young men are learning from adversity and getting better every day and it is reflection of their good character. People who do good things will have good things happen to them,” Knerr said.
The junior varsity team played on Monday night at Glasgow and had what Knerr referred to as a "dog fight" with the Scotties. The team lost 14-0, but made great defensive plays and Knerr expressed his contentment with the season.
“I am very pleased with their effort, I know the team always wants to win but as a coach their development at the JV and junior high levels is more important than winning, our JV is 3-2 on the year and a lot of those young men are getting some quality varsity reps, so as a coach I am very pleased with the junior varsity's season.”
The junior high team played in Scobey on Saturday and returned with a 40-6 victory under its belt. They also played against Glasgow on Monday and scored against the team who had yet to be scored against the entire season.
“I am very proud of the Junior high team. They went to Scobey short-handed, we were missing seven kids for that game, but the players who showed up all gave an A+ effort,” Knerr said.
The boys’ varsity team will play its last game at home against Glasgow on Friday at 7 p.m., and the junior high team will play its last game at Plentywood on Saturday at 10 a.m.