• The Wolverines Varsity Football program got their first chance for competition on the new turf Friday night.  In doing so, they improved to 2-0 on the season with a resounding 42-24 win over the visiting Wellsville Lions.  Though it is cliché, the game really wasn’t as close as the score would indicate.  BR jumped up 30-0 before the end of the first quarter, added scores in the 2nd and 3rd  extending the lead to 42, emptied the bench, then saw the Lions first team put up scores against some of the BR younger players.  Statistically things balanced out by the end of the contest, except on the scoreboard.   

    Following a brief ribbon cutting ceremony near midfield, BR kicked off to the visitors.  Charlie Militello’s kick was picked up at the 15, returned 12 yards before Caden Allen made the tackle to start the Lions at their own 27.  A bad snap backed them up 10.  Trent Sibble made a nice play for negative yards setting up a 3rd and forever.  Tavyn MacDonell stopped the third down play after a minimal gain forcing the punt.  Ethan Coleman gathered the short punt at the Lions’ 41 and almost took it back the distance, being forced out at the 7.

    Coleman went for 3 on first down to set up Parker Worth’s 4 yard run for the score.  Allen to MacDonell for the completion on the two-point conversion.  Less than 5 minutes in, BR 8-0.

    On the ensuing drive, the Lions picked up one first down despite strong tackles from Allen, Sibble, and Trevor Pforter.  On their second set of downs, the Lions runner coughed up the ball and Sibble fell on it at the Wellsville 42.  One play and Coleman outraced everyone for paydirt.  The conversion attempt was incomplete.  BR 14-0.

    Wellsville again were starting from their 37.  Zach Mitchell stopped a short run.  Sibble made a tackle for minus yards and an incompletion brought up 4th and 15.  Coleman received the punt at the BR 45 and then took it in for another 6.  The two point pass from Allen to Pforter was successful, BR 22-0 with still a large portion of the first quarter left to play.

    The ensuing drive for the visitors was a 4 and out.  Allen stopped a short gain, an incompletion was 2nd down, Sibble made the stop to bring up 4th and 1.  Though on their own side of the 50, the Lions decided to go for it on 4th  down.  Allen cut through the line and dropped the runner for a loss of three and the turnover on downs. 

    Allen started the next BR drive with an 8 yard run. Worth matched it to pick up a first down. Worth then got 5 more to bring up 2nd and 5.  A penalty on the offense moved the boys back 5.  Allen called his own number and went for 10 yards and the first down inside the 5. Blocking up front by Mitchell, Dawson Little, and Sibble led the way.  Also, the work on the edge by Pforter and Day contributed.   Allen finished the drive on the next play.  Coleman ran in for the deuce. BR 30-0. 

    Wellsville had two incompletes and an 8 yard loss on a sack by Worth and Militello to end the frame.

    The Lions, backed up to their own 16, punted it away.  Worth returned the ball to the Lions 30.  Maddox Day had a pair of runs to produce a first down. Allen passed to MacDonell for 7.  From there things temporarily went sideways (more correctly in reverse) for BR. Three negative plays and an incompletion in the endzone, turned the ball over at the Lions 22.

    After 2 incomplete passes, the Lions back ripped off an 18 yard run for first down at the 40. A couple of nickel and dime plays got the m another 1st down at the BR 43.  The first down pass was intercepted and returned to the BR 46 by Worth.

    Allen ran on first down for 5 to cross midfield.  BR used a time out and whatever play they drew up worked to perfection as Coleman went 49 for the 6.  He was stopped short on the PAT, BR 36-0.

    With time a wasting in the half Mitchell made the tackle on the kickoff and then closed the door on the Lions with a big 10 yard loss on a sack.

    After intermission, Worth went for 17 to start the BR drive.  Coleman got 9, Allen got 6 and the first down.  Sibble went for 12 and then 3 to put BR in the Redzone.  A false start took them out of the Redzone.  Worth, Coleman, and Allen worked the ball to the 2.  From there, Day took the ball across the stripe.  The PAT was stuffed, BR 42-0 early in the second half.  That would be it for the offensive showing for the Wolverines.

    At this point, the BR coaches started to work as many of the other players as possible into the contest.  Still and all some good plays were turned in from the squad.  Tyler Kizer-Patterson, Kingston Loucks, Maddox Davison, Tyrese Smith had their names called several times the rest of the way.

    Ending teh thrid and on into the fourth, Wellsville managed three scores with the PATs to close the gap, to the final palindromic score of 42-24.  I would guess if there was more time and if the score tightened even more so, Coach Smith would have been tempted to put the starters out again. 

    Statistically, Coleman had 111 yards on 5 carries (22 yard average!) with 2 rushing scores.  He also had the punt return and the PAT.   Allen went for 41 yards and a score, he also threw for 2 PATs.  Worth had 36 yards and a score. Day crossed the goal line and averaged nearly 5 yards a carry.  MacDonell and Pforter caught the two PATs from Allen.

    Defensively, again these will need to be confirmed with film study, but, Sibble had 5 tackles (at least 2 for losses). Allen, MacDonell, and Millitello had 4 tackles each.  Worth and Millitello combined on a sack.  Mitchell had a sack.  Allen and Worth each had picks.

    The Wolverines will next face the Holley Hawks in Holley on Saturday the 17th at 1pm.   It’s another bit of a drive.