HUMPHREY — Missed opportunities by the Wolfpack let Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family slip away as the Bulldogs claimed a 46 to 8 victory Friday night.
Denying the Wolfpack two chances to score early in the first quarter, the Bulldogs capitalized on big plays to build a 30 to 0 lead by halftime. But, the game was much closer than that in the early going.
With the return of Hunter Reestman to the lineup (he had been out the last two games because of injury) the Wolfpack used a misdirection play to free the sophomore for a 32-yard scamper down to the Bulldogs’ 29-yard line on their opening drive of the game. The drive stalled and the Bulldogs took over on their five-yard line.
Two plays later, Reestman recovered an Ashton Dohmen fumble on the Bulldogs’ 11-yard line.
Three running plays netted the Wolfpack just six yards. So, on fourth down, quarterback Conor Ramold handed the ball off to Liam Heithoff. The fullback picked up two yards, just short of the first down.
With two chances to take the early lead, the Wolfpack wouldn’t get a third chance as Bulldog Johnny Babl went around left end for a 73-yard touchdown run and the subsequent two-point conversion made the score 8 to 0 just past the halfway mark of the first quarter.
Working with a short field on their next possession, the Bulldogs only had to go 23 yards to score their second touchdown. Doing the honors was Dohmen on a three-yard run. The Bulldogs would add another score on their next possession to take a 22 to 0 lead.
After gaining a first down, the Wolfpack were forced to punt. With Reestman as punter, he pinned the Bulldogs back on their 30-yard line. After holding the Bulldogs to just four yards on two plays, the Wolfpack got burned when Dohmen threw a screen pass to Babl who went 54 yards for a touchdown, making the score 30 to 0 at halftime.
The Wolfpack kicked off to start the second half. On the Bulldogs second play from scrimmage, Babl swept around the end and zig-zagged his way to a 53-yard touchdown.
Unable to do anything on offense on their next possession, the Wolfpack got the ball back when Reestman picked off a Dylan Hanzel pass to give the Wolfpack the ball on their own 23-yard line. The Wolfpack moved the ball to near midfield where the drive ended as the Bulldogs got a turnover.
The Wolfpack capitalized on two quarterback sacks from junior Carter Schindler to deny the Bulldogs a scoring opportunity.
The teams traded possessions early in the fourth quarter. With the game clock winding down, the Wolfpack put together a touchdown drive. Starting on their 16-yard line, Reestman bolted for 22 yards before being tackled. On the play the Bulldogs were called for a face mask penalty, putting the ball on the Bulldogs’ 32-yard line. Two carries by Heithoff and one from Reestman gave the Wolfpack a first down on the 20-yard line. Then, two plays later, the Wolfpack found the endzone. On the play, quarterback Conor Ramold pitched the ball to Reestman who stopped and lofted a pass to Hayes Miller, all alone on the five-yard line. Miller went untouched across the goalline. Heithoff then added the two-point conversion. Bulldog reserves added a final touchdown to make the score 46 to 8.
Reestman led the Wolfpack with 49 yards rushing. Kyle Schumacher and Carter Schindler each had seven tackles to lead the Wolfpack.
The loss dropped the Wolfpack’s record to 0-5 heading into Homecoming Week. Next up for the Wolfpack is Howells-Dodge (2-2). Kickoff at Elgin Field will be 7 p.m. Friday night.
Bulldogs 46, Wolfpack 8
Wolfpack………0 0 0 8 — 8
Bulldogs………14 16 8 8 — 46
HHLF — Johnny Babl 73 run (Dylan Hanzel pass to Logen Beller)
HHLF — Ashton Dohmen 3 run (PAT failed)
HHLF — Hanzel 5 run (Dohmen pass to Beller)
HHLF — Dohmen 56 pass to Babl (Dohmen pass to Brock Wiese)
HHLF — Babl 53 run (Babl run)
EPPJ — Hunter Reestman 20 pass to Hayes Miller (Liam Heithoff run)
HHLF — Bryce Classen 10 run (Bret Hanis pass to Andrew Mendez)
Team stats EPPJ
Total plays 43
First downs 5
Passing Yds 20
Total yds 96
Interceptions by 1
Fumbles rec 1
Passing — Conor Ramold 2/5/0 — 0, Hunter Reestman 1/3/0 — 20
Rushing — Conor Ramold 5/-9, Joseph Bailey 1/2, Kyle Schumacher 1/-1, Liam Heithoff 10/35, Hunter Reestman 18/49
Receiving — Hayes Miller 1/20, Hunter Reestman 2/0
Tackles (solo/assists) — Conor Ramold 0/1, Joseph Bailey 1/2, Miles Schrage 2/3, Kyle Schumacher 3/4, Noah Knievel 1/0, Liam Heithoff 3/2, Hayes Miller 0/1, Lane Bartak 0/1, Tyler Iburg 0/1, Hunter Reestman 2/4, Carter Schindler 4/3, Nick Iburg 1/5
Quarterback sacks — Carter Schindler 2
Interceptions — Hunter Reestman 1
Fumble recoveries — Hunter Reestman 1
CREIGHTON — The Wolfpack varsity volleyball, ranked #1 in Class D-1 by the Norfolk Daily News, wore down Creighton Thursday night, defeating the Bulldogs 25-18, 25-14 and 25-13.
Maintaining their perfect record on the young season, the Wolfpack dominated from the net and the service line in the match.
In Game #1, the Wolfpack pulled ahead early behind junior Grace Henn’s dominant play at the net. She had four kills as the Wolfpack jumped out to an 11 to 8 lead. Senior Elizabeth Selting teamed up with junior Paige Meis on a series of remarkable plays at the net to help the Wolfpack build their lead.
An ace serve by Ally Wemhoff pushed the margin to 20 to 10. From there the teams traded points the rest of the game. Jordan Mescher added two service points and Calli Krebs closed out the game with three service points.
As was the case throughout the match, the Wolfpack served well in Game #2. Baylee Wemhoff ran off five points from the service line, including two ace serves to give the Wolfpack a 16 to nine lead. They closed out the game with a nine to five run, highlighted by three kills from Selting and one from Henn and an ace block from Amy Nelson. An ace serve from Selting finished off the game.
Up two games to one, the Wolfpack fell behind early in Game #3. Creighton, behind Makayla Brockhaus, built a four to one lead.
The key moment in the game came when Mescher went back to serve with the scored tied at 9-all.
Mescher, with the benefit of fine net play by Nelson and Henn, ran off seven straight points to take a 16 to nine lead.
From there, Creighton would manage just four more points in the match. Nelson had two ace serves and both Meis and Selting recorded kills as the Wolfpack closed out the match.
Selting continued her torrid hitting pace with 10 kills. She’s averaged over 10 kills per match for the last seven matches. Henn had nine kills as did Nelson, Meis added five followed by Payne with three and Mescher had one. Creighton was led by Ashtyn Fritz with six.
EPPJ had an eight-to-one edge over Creighton in ace serves. Baylee Wemhoff and Nelson each had two, Ally Wemhoff, Mescher, Selting and Krebs each had one. Fritz had Creighton’s lone ace serve.
Nelson had a big night at the net with five solo blocks, Henn had two while Payne, Selting and Meis each had one. Chelsea Boelter had Creighton’s only solo block.
Mescher led EPPJ in digs with 18. Fritz had 15 for Creighton. Baylee Wemhoff had 14 of the Wolfpack’s 23 set assists, Ally Wemhoff had nine. Sydney Walton led Creighton with 17.
Mescher led the Wolfpack in serve receive with 16, Selting had eight. M. Brockhaus led Creighton with 18.
The victory boosted the Wolfpack’s record to 9-0.
CLEARWATER — Battered and bruised.
Elgin Public-Pope John continues to battle through injuries as on Friday night starting tailback Kenny Bush went down and did not return as the Cyclones went on to defeat the Wolfpack 62 to 0.
Bush was injured making a tackle in the second quarter. The loss of Bush just made matters worse for a Wolfpack offense which struggled to gain any yards against the Cyclones defense.
The Cyclones scored 14 points in the first quarter and then broke the game open with 28 more in the second quarter.
Doing most of the damage for the Cyclones was quarterback Blake Hoke who tossed four touchdown passes in the game.
Chris Kester, Creston Bertschinger, Seth Lampert and Eli Macke all scored on touchdown runs.
Highlights for the Wolfpack included an interception by Cameron Nielsen which thwarted one Cyclone drive in the first half.
Junior Liam Heithoff, playing on a bad knee, led the Wolfpack with 16 tackles. Senior Miles Schrage had 15 tackles and a quarterback sack in the game.
On offense, Kyle Schumacher led the Wolfpack with 26 yards rushing on 10 carries and also had three kickoff returns for 46 yards.
This marks the Cyclones’ second victory in a row over the Wolfpack.
The last time the two teams met was in the Class D-1 State Football Playoffs which the Cyclones won.
Friday night’s loss dropped the Wolfpack’s record to 0-4. Their next game will be Friday night on the road against Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at Humphrey.
Cyclones 62, Wolfpack 0
Wolfpack……..0 0 0 0 — 0
Cyclones……14 28 6 14 — 62
O/C — Jacob Long 3 run (PAT failed)
O/C — Chris Kester 13 run (Jacob Long run)
O/C — Blake Hoke 14 pass to Kester (PAT failed)
O/C — Hoke 30 pass to Long (Kester run)
O/C — Hoke 10 pass to Creston Bertschinger (PAT failed)
O/C — Bertschinger 8 run (Kester run)
O/C — Hoke 44 pass to Travis Kerkman (PAT failed)
O/C — Seth Lampert 2 run (Clay Thiele run)
O/C — Eli Macke 5 run (PAT failed)
Team stats EPPJ C/O
Total plays 33 51
First downs 1 18
Penalties/Yds 1/5 3/25
Rushing 21/-12 50/178
Passing 3/11/2 8/12/1
Passing Yds 3 128
Total off. -9 306
Fumbles lost 3 0
Interceptions by 1 2
Passing — Conor Ramold 3/11/2 — 3. Cyclones — Blake Hoke 8/12/1 — 128
Rushing — Conor Ramold 3/-15, Joseph Bailey 2/1, Kyle Schumacher 10/26, Kenny Bush 5/-19, Carter Schindler 1/-5. Cyclones — Kirby Willats 5/37
Receiving — Kyle Schumacher 2/1, Kenny Bush 1/2. Cyclones — Creston Bertschinger 3/31, Travis Kerkman 2/51, Jacob Long 2/32
Tackles (solo/assists) — Cameron Nielsen 6/5, Conor Ramold 3/0, Joseph Bailey 1/0, Miles Schrage 9/6, Kyle Schumacher 7/3, Adam Dreger 0/1, Noah Knievel 6/1, Cory Romej 1/0, Kenny Bush 1/4, Liam Heithoff 11/5, Hayes Miller 1/2, Lane Bartak 1/1, Carter Schindler 0/2, Nick Iburg 1/2. Cyclones — Travis Kerkman 3/6, Jacob Long 1/7, Dominic Bolling 0/8
Quarterback sacks — Miles Schrage 1. Cyclones — Travis Kerkman .5, Clay Thiele .5
Interceptions — Cameron Nielsen 1. Cyclones — Blake Hoke 1, Creston Bertschinger 1
Fumble recoveries — Wolfpack 0. Cyclones — Travis Kerkman 1, Creston Bertschinger 1, Dominic Bolling 1
Kickoff returns — Kyle Schumacher 3/46, Conor Ramold 1/12, Cameron Nielsen 1/0, Joseph Bailey 2/18, Cory Rojen 1/6, Kenny Bush 1/8.
September 15, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
ELGIN — Two matches, two more victories for Elgin Public-Pope John.
On Tuesday night, Sept. 6, the Wolfpack hosted a triangular at EHS. In the first match, they defeated Ewing 25-16 and 25-22.
The Wolfpack had 19 kills in the match. Senior Elizabeth Selting led the way with 10 kills, Amy Nelson had three followed by Grace Henn and Paige Meis with two apiece, Nicki Payne and Baylee Wemhoff each had one. The team was 31 of 37 in attacks.
From the service line the team was 42 of 46 with five ace serves. Nelson had two aces, Meis, Baylee Wemhoff and Calli Krebs each had one.
In the two-game match, the Wolfpack had four ace blocks, led by Nelson with two, Meis and Selting each with one.
Baylee Wemhoff led setters with seven set assists, Ally Wemhoff had four followed by Nelson with two and Payne with one. Selting led the team in serve receive with eight, Krebs had four, Meis and Jordan Mescher each had two.
The nightcap featured a dominant performance from the Wolfpack as they limited Niobrara/Verdigre to just 19 points in two games, winning 25-13 and 25-6.
EPPJ dominated the net with 25 kills, led by Selting with 10. Henn had five followed by Meis with four, Nelson had three while Baylee Wemhoff, Lydia Behnk and Payne each had one. They were 40 of 49 in attacks.
Niobrara/Verdigre gave up 12 ace serves in the match. Krebs led the way with three followed by Meis, Baylee Wemhoff and Nelson with two apiece, Selting, Henn and Anna Heilhecker each had one. The team was 41 of 47 serving.
Nelson led the team in solo blocks with three, Behnk and Meis each had one.
Baylee Wemhoff again led the team in set assists with 16, Ally Wemhoff had six, Behnk and Payne each had one.
Selting led the team in serve receive with five, Krebs and Ally Wemhoff each had three and Meis had one.
The Wolfpack’s record is now 4-0.
September 15, 2016 by lmorgan · Comments Off
ELGIN — One could understand Thursday night if someone changed the name of the Wolfpack volleyball team to the bulldozers.
Like the equipment which knocks down houses, the Wolfpack knocked down the Spartans of Boyd County 25-12, 25-8 and 25-13.
The Spartans didn’t have a chance as the Wolfpack dominated at the net and from the service line to remain unbeaten.
Tied 10-all in the first game, EPPJ outscored the Spartans 15 to 2 to gain the upper hand.
Three kills from Elizabeth Selting, a kill and a solo block from Amy Nelson and another kill from Paige Meis led the way. Nelson closed out the first game with an ace serve.
In Game Two, the Wolfpack jumped out to a 12 to 3 lead. Calli Krebs had six service points in a row and she received help from Nicki Payne with a kill at the net while Selting and Nelson continued their attacks.
Wemhoff had two aces in a six-point run to close out the game, aided by a kill from Grace Henn.
Game Three featured libero Jordan Mescher serving seven consecutive points. Payne and Meis teamed up for a stuff block towards the end of the game. Junior Lydia Behnk came off the bench to hammer home the Wolfpack’s final kill of the game, coming on match point.
For the match, the Wolfpack recorded 33 kills as they were 53 of 66 in attacks. Selting led the way with 11 kills and she had plenty of help. Nelson produced seven, Meis added six, Henn notched five, Nicki Payne had two while Mescher and Behnk each had one.
From the service line the Wolfpack were equally effective as they recorded nine ace serves. Baylee Wemhoff led the way with four, Mescher had two, Nelson, Selting and Krebs each had one. They were 66 of 72 serving (91.7 percent).
Nelson led the team with five solo blocks in the match, Meis and Selting each had two, Payne and BayleeWemhoff each had one.
Wemhoff, Krebs and Mescher tied for the team-high in digs with three-apiece.
EPPJ recorded 28 set assists in the match, led by Baylee Wemhoff with 18, Payne had seven and Ally Wemhoff recorded 3.
Mescher led the Wolfpack in serve receive with 12, Selting had seven.
The victory boosted the Wolfpack’s record to 5-0 heading into the Howells/Dodge Tournament.