ELGIN — In a game the Elgin Public-Pope John Wolfpack had to have, they demolished Burwell 40 to 21 Saturday afternoon.
Winning their third game in a row, the Wolfpack has put themselves in a strong position to make a run for the postseason. Currently, the Wolfpack sits atop the district rankings with two games to play.
The Longhorns came into the game with a 3-1 record and promised to be one of the Wolfpack’s biggest challenges in the second half of the season. Their size, particularly up front, would be an obstacle which EPPJ would have to overcome to gain the victory.
Coach Carlie Wells and staff put together a masterful game plan of option football, running primarily to the right of center which not only produced first downs and touchdowns, but kept the clock running, thereby shortening the game and preventing the Longhorns from being able to score.
The Wolfpack never trailed in this game. On their first possession, taking over on the Longhorns’ 39-yard line, the Wolfpack scored in two plays. After starting quarterback Nick Heithoff gained nine yards on their first play, teammate Nash Schindler went the rest of the way on the second play untouched into the endzone for a 8-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. Adding the two point conversion was Blake Anderson.
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