|Broncos double up on Maywood-Hayes Center, 50-25|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 01 October 2015 21:20|
Tyler Davis hurdles a Maywood-Hayes Center player after picking off a first-half Wolves’ pass. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
Following a bye week and with a bye week coming up, the Wauneta-Palisade Bronco football team kept a clean sheet with a 50-25 win over Maywood-Hayes Center Thursday night.
WP started the evening off right with a touchdown on its first drive. The Broncos started at its own 33-yard line and ended with a three-yard Chase Rathe run.
The Broncos forced a punt on MHC’s first possession only to see its own drive stall in Maywood territory.
Taking possession, the Wolves advanced to the WP 32-yard line before a Tyler Davis interception and return set the Broncos up at the MHC 14-yard line.
Three plays later Duncan Rector found Davis open in the end zone to put WP ahead 14-0 as time expired in the first quarter.
Davis kept his good game going with an interception early in the second quarter. WP quickly took advantage, scoring two plays later when Rathe found Brody Nordhausen open for a 45-yard touchdown completion.
MHC finally got on the board at the end of a 40-yard drive with 20 seconds left in the half.
Rather than run out the clock, WP swiftly moved down the field. A 39-yard pass from Tyler Carl to Billy Straub set WP up at the MHC 26-yard line. From there Rector hooked up with Nordhausen for a touchdown to give WP a 30-6 lead at halftime.
Coming out from the locker rooms, the teams went scoreless until 5:16 remained in the third quarter. A poor punt by MHC was fielded by Davis and returned 31 yards for a touchdown.
With 1:09 left in the quarter, MHC took advantage when WP failed to convert a fake punt. Two plays later MHC made the score 36-12.
The Bronco first string continued to rack up the points, scoring 1:30 into the fourth quarter on another Rathe run.
MHC found success over the final four minutes of the game, scoring touchdowns on runs of 76- and 44-yard runs.
Dalton Harchelroad found the end zone between the two Wolves’ scores to help WP to the win.
WP totaled 398 yards of offense, 232 on the ground and 166 through the air.
Rathe led WP with 90 yards rushing.
“Offensively we ‘take what the defense gives us’,” said Geier, adding that the team had worked on fundaments during its bye week.
MHC had 230 yards rushing but gained 120 yards on the two fourth quarter touchdown runs.
“Coach Frecks had a great game plan for MHC,” said Geier. “The key to our great defensive performance was the fact that all the guys did their job and did not try to make a big play.”
Nordhausen led WP with nine tackles and two assisted tackles. Offensively, both of Nordhausen’s catches went for touchdowns.
Davis punted three times for WP, averaging 30.7 yards with a long of 41.
“It was great to get everyone into the game and it was an awesome atmosphere to play in,” said Geier. “The coaches would like to thank all of our fans for traveling to Hayes Center.”
Following a week off, WP will travel to Bladen to take on Silver Lake Oct. 9. Game time is 6:00 p.m. MT/7:00 p.m. CT.
“Silver Lake is very athletic and they have only lost four games the past four years,” said Geier. “(Silver Lake will) present a big challenge to us, but we will be ready. Our team has worked very hard this season.”