Written by John Plestina
Wolves Touchdown -- The first two pictures are Wolf Point’s Tyson Bridges (42) getting past Plentywood’s Kyle Fawcett (8) to score in the third quarter after receiving a pass from Dalton Hafner. Bridges’ touchdown gave the Wolves a 25-0 lead. The third picture is is Wolf Point’s David Knerr (7) breaking a tackle with a 7-yard run. The fourth picture is little Wolves cheerleader Harper Weeks, 4, cheering with WPHS cheerleader Aiyana Bridges. The fifth photo is several Wolves sacking Plentywood quarterback Kyle Fawcett. The sixth photo is quarterback Dalton Hafner (5) seconds after scoring a touchdown on a keeper. The final piacure is Tyson Bridges (42) gaining a few extra yards before the Plentywood defense finally takes him down. (Photos by John Plestina)
If recent stats rather than records are a predictor, the Wolves [1-7 in each of the last three seasons] have a good chance to right the ship and put more wins than losses in the record book this year.
Wolf Point hit the ground running in the opening game, Friday, Aug. 29, launching a ground attack that thwarted Plentywood [4-6 in 2013]. The Wolves ran the ball 36 times for 225 yards –– an average of 6.2 yards per rush –– and passed for 162 yards for 387 total yards and four touchdowns.
The 25-8 win over District 2B Plentywood at Lowry Field was the Wolves first season-opening win in recent years. It was not counted as a conference game because it was a zero week contest. The Wolves and Wildcats meet again in a conference game, Friday, Oct. 24, also at Wolf Point.
The individual stats looked good in the opening game.
Quarterback Dalton Hafner completed 13 of 19 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns. He gave up one interception. Hafner ran the ball 11 times for 21 yards and one touchdown.
Two receivers combined for 13 receptions for 162 yards. Senior wide receiver Tyson Bridges caught five passes for 83 yards and scored two touchdowns. Senior slot receiver and running back Josh Neiskens caught eight passes for 79 yards.
Junior running back David Knerr had 15 carries for 158 yards for an average of over 10 yards per carry and recorded one touchdown. He chalked up 50 yards on two rushing plays.
Aaron D’Ambrosio led defensively with eight tackles. He left the game with a shoulder injury shortly after halftime.
Linemen Cameron Quincy and Ty Nygard, and Nieskens [a linebacker on defense] each recorded seven tackles, and linebackers Knerr and Wesley Weeks each registered six.
The Wolves didn’t waste any time lighting up the board with Knerr scoring on a rushing play with a hand-off from Hafner with less than 2:30 elapsed on the clock. Freshman kicker Jeremiah Paine put the point after through the bars for an early 7-0 Wolf Point lead.
Four minutes later, Hafner scored on a 10-yard keeper. The point after attempt was wide but the Wolves took a 13-0 lead into the second stanza which went scoreless until Tyson Bridges took a pass from Hafner into the end zone with :22 remaining to play in the half. The kick was wide but the Wolves had a 19-0 advantage going into the intermission.
Another Hafner to Bridges pass gave Wolf Point a three-score, 25-0 lead with 8:33 on the third quarter clock.
The Wildcats got their only score late in the third period with a 2-yard run by Isaiah Detienne. A 2-point conversion was good.
Nygard recovered a fumble on the Wildcats’ 20 yard line with :14 remaining in the third quarter, but the Wolves were unable to capitalize on it despite being in the red zone. The fourth quarter was scoreless.
“The kids played well. I’m very proud of the leadership,” head coach Bruce Knerr said. “The seniors stepped up and led their program.”
He credited Bridges and Nieskens for both having good nights with 162 yards on receptions collectively and running back David Knerr for averaging 10 yards per carry.
“When a running back averages 10 yards a carry, it’s a good night,” Knerr said.
“My quarterback made the great reads,” he said of Hafner’s play calling.
“The defense swamped well. The defense tackled well,” he said.
“We put the pressure on,” Knerr said.
The Wolves played Plentywood with handicaps.
“We played with two of our starting linemen in the bleachers,” Knerr said.
With the win over Plentywood in the books, coach Knerr was already looking ahead to the next game, Friday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m, a non-conference contest at Southern 3B Baker [11-1 last year].
The Spartans took 48-8 bragging rights home from Wolf Point following the Wolves’ 2013 home opener.
Since the 2013 season, Baker lost a substantial number of seniors that included all of the front five linemen. The Spartans returned only two players who saw any substantial playing time last year.
While Knerr expects to see a tough Baker team, he sees a winnable game for the Wolves.
The Wolves played Baker in June at a football camp in Dickinson, N.D.
“We rolled them,” Knerr said. “Next week will be a good test.”
The Wolves host Southern 3B Lodge Grass, Friday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. Lodge Grass hasn’t won a game since 2008. The Wolves thwarted the Indians 50-0 last year.
P.Wood 14 7 18 14––53
WPHS 0 12 8 0––20
WP: Knerr, run (Paine kick), 9:31
WP: Hafner, run (kick failed), 5:29
WP: Pass Hafner to Bridges (kick failed), :22
WP: Pass Hafner to Bridges (kick failed), 8:33
P: Detienne, 2-yard run (2-pt. conv.) 2:43
Written by Stacey Summers
Wolf Point's Sierra Summers, high school girls' second place finisher, is the first photo. The second photo is Wolf Point's John Grandchamp. The other photos are athletes from Wolf Point, Poplar, Brockton and Frazer. (Photos by John Plestina)
Editor's note: Results for Poplar, Brockton and Frazer athletes were not available by press time, Tuesday, Sept. 2. We will report those results next week.
The young Wolf Point Wolves opened their season at the Poplar Invitational Cross Country Meet, Saturday, Aug. 30.
The runners competed on a hilly course just north of the Poplar Bureau of Indian Affairs complex.
Teams from Glasgow, Malta, Harlem, Williston, N.D., Plentywood, Brockton and Poplar also competed.
In the varsity girls race, Gillian Medicine Cloud, Kateri Rush and Sierra Summers all competed at the varsity level for the first time.
“The team has only been practicing for a couple of weeks with some athletes joining late and not having their 10 practices and couldn’t compete,” Coach Stacey Summers said. “Overall the teams did well and look to improve each and every week.”
Summers was second overall covering the three mile course in 20:41. Rush was fourth in 22:19 while Medicine Cloud ran hard finishing in 31:50.
In the varsity boys race, only two Wolf Point boys competed due to the 10 practice rule.
“We’ll have two more joining us next meet,” said Summers.
Running in his first varsity race, John Grandchamp placed in the top 10 with a time of 18:40.
Sophomore Jeremy Azure ran hard finishing in 31:50.
In the junior high girls race, Wolf Point placed four girls in the top 15 places out of a total of 30 runners competing in the 1.5-mile race.
Wolf Point’s Journey Erickson placed second overall followed closely by Cyreena Standing who placed third. Their times of 10:05 and 10:15 paced the squad.
Laressa Dale finished eighth overall in 11:15 while first-year runner Lauren Crawford finished 13th in 11:54.
Alex Sutton ran hard and finished the course in 14:31.
Three more girls will be joining the team in the upcoming meets.
In the junior high boys race, Wolf Point’s Trey Fourstar won the race with a fine time of 8:47. Running well were Isaiah Rush and Zane Falcon finishing 12th and 15th in 10:13 and 10:40 respectively. Caleb Blount ran hard finishing the course in 30th place with a time of 12:10.
Three additional boys will be eligible to compete in the next meet which is Sept. 6, in Wolf Point.
All runners placing in the top 10 received prizes.
Written by John Plestina
The Lady Wolves emerged from the Choteau tournament, Saturday, Aug. 30, after holding their own against some of the best teams from the western part of the state.
“We won about half our matches which was good against that competition. It gave us a good idea of our performance level,” coach John Sweet said.
It wasn’t without casualties. Both setters were injured. Erin Presser sprained an ankle against Glasgow on the first day of the tournament and Sierra Hanks had an ankle sprain the second day.
“Mariah Weeks had a nice weekend. She hit the ball well. She really made her presence known at the net,” Sweet said.
He said Presser showed nice leadership.
Of Sierra Hanks, Sweet said, “She had to learn how to do all of the setting by herself when Erin went down.”
Her younger sister, sophomore Shelby Hanks was strong in every facet.
“She played on the right side. She passed well, she served well and she got a lot of balls we didn’t expect her to get,” Sweet said.
Christean Holen really showed some good aggression in her hitting. She passed extremely well,” he said.
“Ashley Page, another hitter for us, passed the ball extremely well and served extremely tough,” Sweet said.
He said Kendra Landrud went in wherever she was needed.
“Kylie Driftwood is an intimidating presence. She is considered an undersized middle blocker in this tournament. She normally plays as an outside or right side hitter. She really does a nice job wherever we put her,” Sweet said.
“Junior Loverty Lindsay came in with the back row and served really well. She got a few aces. She did a wonderful job wherever we asked her to,” he said.
“Ashton Hentges was all over the court. We asked her at the end of the weekend how she felt. She was bruised and battered,” Sweet said.
Written by John Plestina
Preparing For Opening Night -- Coach Bruce Knerr holds an indoor session because of heavy rainfall during a scheduled practice, Saturday, Aug. 30. (Photo by John Plestina)
The Wolves open the 2014 season, Friday, Aug. 29, at Lowry Field with a Northern 2B conference match up with Plentywood. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
The Wolves (1-7 in 2013) are looking to open the season with a win and even the score for the season-ending 54-13 loss to the Wildcats (4-6 in 2013).
The lopsided loss to Plentywood 10 months ago might be deceiving because Plentywood graduated nine seniors in may, leaving several possible voids in the Wildcats offense. The roster is down to 17 players and Plentywood will drop to Class C eight-man next year.
The Wolves lost three games last year after having first half leads, which is something head coach Bruce Knerr is working to overcome.
Former running back Dalton Hafner is replacing Tukker Toavs as starting quarterback. Hafner is a senior this year.
Wolf Point travels to Baker, Friday, Sept. 5, and hosts Lodge Grass, Friday, Sept. 12, at 5 p.m. The Homecoming Game will be Friday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m., with Glasgow visiting.
The Wolves beat Lodge Grass 50-0 last year.
Written by Herald-News
Most cross country teams in the area will participate in the Poplar Invitational, Saturday, Aug. 30. The Wolf Point high school and junior high cross country teams do sit-ups during a practice in the gym during a period of heavy rain, Saturday, Aug. 23. Head coach Stacy Summers (standing) and assistant coach Janet Erickson (seated on the floor) supervise the practice. The elementary school team stand and wait their turn. (Photo by John Plestina)