Wolf Point Herald

Playoff Hopes Dashed With Loss At Malta

The Wolves hopes of earning a spot in the Class B playoffs were dashed with a loss in the final conference game at Malta Friday, Oct. 7.
The 41-0 loss to the Mustangs left the Wolves (2-2, 2-5) in third place two weeks after leading the District 2B standings.

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Lady Wolves On Fire, Roll Scobey, Baker And Harlem In Three Days

With a late season surge, the Lady Wolves have been on a roll, dispatching Scobey, Baker and Harlem in three days between Thursday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct. 8.
Wolf Point defeated Class C Scobey 3-2 (14-25, 25-15, 27-25, 16-25, 15-13) at home in a hard-fought non-conference match between two evenly matched squads Thursday, Oct. 6. The Lady Wolves posted 40 kills led by 6-foot-2 sophomore Imani Big Horn with 15.

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Wolves Going Into Final Conference Games Wounded After Homecoming Loss To Glasgow

It will remain unknown if roasting an effigy of a Scottie on a stick on the eve of the Homecoming game was a bad omen for the Wolves, but the loss to Glasgow in the final tilt of the season at Lowry Field Friday, Sept. 30, knocked Wolf Point out of first-place in district 2B, left several key players injured and diminished playoff hopes.
What was called a “rough game” resulted in injuries to several Wolf Point starters, including a shoulder injury that ended the season for senior quarterback Brady Babb. He was transported by ambulance to Northeast Montana Health Services – Wolf Point Campus hospital early during the third quarter. Injuries sidelined other key players and left unanswered questions if they would be able to play in the remaining district 2B conference game at Malta Friday, Oct. 7. One additional regular season non-conference contest is scheduled at Roundup Friday, Oct. 14.
When Wolf Point High School held the annual Homecoming bonfire Thursday, Sept. 29, football players and alumni poured gasoline on a toy stuffed Scottie attached to the end of a stick, lit the effigy of their perennial rival on fire and used it as an igniter for the bonfire.
The game was a 46-0 loss for the Wolves after dominating much of the first half offensively and defensively.
Glasgow posted a 33- point second half, but only after Babb departed the field and several other players were sidelined with injuries.
The Wolves’ defense hit hard during a scoreless first quarter. The Scotties began finding holes in the Wolf Point defense in the second stanza, making it into the end zone twice during the final two minutes before halftime. Quarterback Darrin Wersal hit Cade Myrick on a 28-yard passing play followed by a point after kick by Cache Younkin putting the Scotties on the scoreboard 22 clock minutes into what had been a scoreless contest. The Scotties bit again with a pass from Wersal to Nolan Viste with just 15 seconds remaining to play in the half. The Wolves blocked the PAT. It almost got worse for the Wolves when Luke Breigenzer intercepted a pass and ran it 75 yards for what appeared to be a third Glasgow touchdown as time ran out on the first half. Officials called a penalty on the Scotties, nullifying Breigenzer’s effort.
The Wolves’ 13-point deficit coming out of the intermission turned into a disastrous second half with Babb and several of Wolf Point’s best players injured and absent from the field. One Glasgow player was also injured during the third period, requiring an ambulance ride.
After Babb was injured, the Scotties bit hard, scoring five more times with Alex Fransen scoring with an interception and a 78-yard run and Benji Phillips scoring on a 23-yard run. Younkin kicked the PAT both times. The Scotties bit harder in the fourth quarter with a 36-yard passing play from Wersal to Kaden Fossum, an 8-yard run by Wersal and a 7-yard run by Viste. One PAT was good. The Wolves blocked a second Glasgow kick and stopped an attempted 2-point conversion.
The Wolves posted an offensive total of 144 yards, 77 rushing and 67 passing.
Babb passed nine times with three completions for 22 yards. He was intercepted twice. Junior Marques White Horse, the backup quarterback, played much of the second half after Babb was injured. He passed 13 times with seven completions for 45 yards. He was intercepted three times.
On the ground, Wesley Weeks led with 41 yards on eight carries. Babb posted 10 carries for 25 yards and Saunder St. Marks recorded five carries for 11 yards.
Eight penalties were called against the Wolves for a total loss of 75 yards, an improvement over recent games.
The Malta game is a must win for the Wolves to make the playoffs. Wolf Point would have to have beaten Glasgow and win the Malta game to earn a home playoff game.
Malta (1-0, 2-3) has played only one District 2B game so far, a 65-6 win over Poplar. The Mustangs have beaten Roundup 19-12 and lost 21-14 to Huntley Project, 20-14 to Shepherd and 49-21 to Bigfork in their last game.
Head coach Brett Scott said it was questionable how many injured players would be able to play at Malta. The coaching staff is looking at shifting some players positions this week.
“When you have your starting quarterback, your starting running back and your starting receiver out [you have a tough time],” Scott said.
“We out played them. We should be 5-1 [overall record],” he said.
“We’re not out of the playoff mix,” Scott said.
Glasgow 0 13 14 19—46

Wolves’ Defense Wolf Point’s Deshon Smoker-Dewitt (88) takes down Glasgow’s Luke Breigenzer (20) during the first quarter. (Photo by John Plestina)

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Lady Wolves Split District Matches

The Lady Wolves easily dispatched Malta’s M’ettes Saturday, Oct. 1, after losing to the Glasgow Lady Scotties Thursday, Sept. 29. Both were District 2B matches.
The Lady Wolves shined against Malta, pocketing a 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-23) win with close second and third games where Malta held brief leads.
“We’re working out the kinks. We’re working on a new rotation,” head coach Kim Hanks said.
Wolf Point also defeated Malta at the junior varsity and “C” squad levels.
Two days earlier, Glasgow posted a 3-0 (19-25, 21-25, 10-25) win over the Lady Wolves.
The Lady Wolves held several leads during the first two sets against Glasgow, leading by as much as 21-14 during the second game with Glasgow going on an 11-0 run pocketing a second win. The tone shifted to the Lady Scotties with Glasgow recording a 25-10 third set win to seal the deal.
The Lady Wolves host Scobey for a non-conference match Thursday, Oct. 6 and Baker Friday, Oct. 7. Wolf Point will visit Harlem Saturday, Oct. 8 and host Poplar Tuesday, Oct. 11.
Wolf Point def. Malta
Malta: kills 23 (Julia Meisdalen 6); blocks 7 (Ella Schye); aces 4 (Chanel Lett 2); digs 34 (Sam Mitchell 12); assists 18 (Kyleigh Schipman 13).
Wolf Point: kills 32 (Imani Big Horn 12); blocks 4 (Big Horn 3); aces 10 (Mandi Martin 3); digs 62 (Ashtyn Hent-ges 20); assists 30 (Kelsie Neubauer 30).
Glasgow def. Wolf Point
Glasgow: kills 29 (Khloe Krumwiede 12); blocks 3; aces 7 (Krumwiede 4); digs 11; assists 25 (Teagan Fossum 24).
Wolf Point: kills 26 (Imani Big Horn 7); blocks 6 (Big Horn 3); aces 3; digs 26 (Aubrey Zilkoski 8; assists 14 (Kelsie Neubauer 9).

Battle Of The Netters Glasgow’s Jesi Kennedy (14) tries unsuccessfully to block a hit by Wolf Point’s Imani Big Horn (13). Wolf Point’s Mandi Martin (4) and Glasgow’s Teagan Fossum (4) are pictured. (Photo by John Plestina)

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First-Place Wolves Preparing For Third-Place Scotties For Homecoming

Now in sole possession of first place in District 2B with a 2-0 conference record after rolling Harlem with a 392-yard ground attack Friday, Sept. 23, the Wolves are hungry for a win over longtime rival Glasgow in the Homecoming game Friday, Sept. 30.

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