The Wolverines finished the regular season portion of their 2022 slate dropping a 44-30 decision to Red Jacket in a rematch from week one. Now onto the playoffs. Seedings have not been finalized yet, but I have been assured that BR will be hosting a game next Friday, October 28th.
As this was the last regular season contest for the boys, it was also Senior Night that saw five seniors being recognized for their contributions to the BRCS Athletic program. Those five gentlemen are Jadon Bromley, Maddox Day, Dawson Little, Trent Sibble and Parker Worth. On behalf of the school community and the Athletic Department, I would like to say thank you gentlemen for all your efforts and wish you the best of luck as your will soon move on to other pursuits.
Much has changed since the September 3rd game in Shortsville. For one thing, the temperature Friday night was about 60 degrees less than it had been in game one. Also, injuries and other circumstances have forced much maneuvering around within the limited numbers that the Wolverines are fielding. Given all that, the boys shook off adversity and made a showing of things, just falling short of the complete comeback.
Kickoffs were an oddity all evening, with BR taking the opening kick, a short squibber recovered by Day at the BR 37. Unfortunately, the Wolverines were unable to convert a first down turning the ball over to the visitors on the BR side of the 50.
Taking over on the short field Red Jacket methodically moved the ball along rolling up a series of short ground gainers, until a 6 yard toss into the endzone put them on the scoreboard. They tacked on the conversion run for the quick 8-0 lead.
Caden Allen received the ensuing kickoff and returned it 24 yards into Red Jacket territory at the 44. However, BR gave the ball right back, as the ball hit the carpet and was fallen upon by the visitors at the line of scrimmage.
Again, gifted with a short field, Red Jacket moved down the field despite defensive plays by Sibble, Allen, Tavyn MacDonell, Zach Mitchell, and Maddox Davison. A 10 yard run put the ball in the endzone, with the flip pass to the corner, with plenty of time left in the first, BR was looking up at a 16 point deficit.
Another nubber of a kickoff was surrounded by Davison at the BR 46. From there Allen had runs of 4,5, and 6 with a Sibble run of 4 thrown in for one first down. An 11 yard toss from Allen to Trevor Pforter moved the sticks again. Allen went for 5, drew the defense offsides for another 1st and 10 to the RJ 14. Sibble got halfway home as the quarter ended. After the long walk to the other end, a negative BR play then another offsides followed by a 3 yard MacDonell run gave BR first and goal. Sibble finished the drive for the 6. The PAT run was just snuffed out short of the line. 16-6.
One of the few “normal” length kickoffs of the night came off the toe of Allen. With coverage, had Red Jacket “backed up” at their own 28. A couple of chunk plays with a few BR penalties had the visitors down the field in a hurry. A 4 yard carry put them over the line again this time the conversion pass fell incomplete, 22-6.
Red Jacket beat the odds and converted a successful onsides kick, recovering the ball at the BR 47. A big then a small run had them in the endzone again this time with the PAT and just like that 30-6, YIKES!
The next Red Jacket kickoff sailed out of bounds giving BR tremendous field position at mid field. One play was all it took as MacDonell went around the right side of the offense going the distance. Allen to Pforter for the deuce and the lead was almost cut in half.
Defensive stops by Sibble and Mitchell with an incompletion brought out the punting unit for the visitors. A bad snap forced the RJ punter to run the ball into the endzone for the safety, 30-16.
On the ensuing free kick, MacDonell returned the ball to the RJ 37. Sibble for 9, Allen for 8 advanced the chains. The same pair contributed two short runs before Sibble rumbled in from the 13 for the score. The PAT was unsuccessful so, 30-22.
The ensuing kickoff started with a funky formation and ended at the BR 5 with Day making the touchdown saving tackle. Unfortunately, it only momentarily delayed the inevitable as two plays later, paydirt, with the two point toss, the lead was back to sixteen points, 38-22.
A decent return of 23 yards by MacDonell set BR up at their 43. An incomplete, a face guarding PI call on the defense moved the ball to the RJ 42. A couple more incompletes and a sack ended the wild first half. Forty-four of the sixty points in the half came in the second quarter. People were checking the over/under line hoping not to be part of a Bad Beats segment!!
BR kicked off to start the third quarter. Mitchell and MacDonell did the dirty work to force a punt which was received by MacDonell at the BR 24. A defensive offsides and a 6 yard push by Sibble created one first down. The ball was on the rug again following that, with Red Jaclet recovering at the BR 29. A run stop by Day and three incompletes turned the ball back to the Wolverines at their own 29. Allen, Sibble and MacDonell created one first. A flip from Allen to his favorite target, Pforter, for 14 gave another first on the other side of the 50. Allen broke free to the right and almost went to the house, being caught at the 2. Sibble high stepped over would be tacklers for the score. Allen to MacDonell for the 2 and we had us a ball game 38-30.
BR just missed getting to the onside kick, which left the other side with a short field at the midfield stripe. Another methodical Red Jacket drive despite tackles by Kingsotn Loucks, Day, SIbble, Allen and Day had the ball to the BR 18 as the quarter ended. It appeared that BR was about to make another D stand and stop the drive, but on a 4th and 2 from the 6, the Red Jacket qb found some space and just got the ball over the line. Mitchell stopped the 2 point try to keep the score at its ultimate 44-30 margin but there was still almost the entire final 12 minutes to play, so maybe?!
BR started at their 40 following another out-of-bounds kickoff. One first down was all they could manage before turning the ball over on downs. The visitors looked to be working towards another score, but tackles by Pforter, Little, Roman Johnston, and Bromley kept them at bay until they eventually lined up for the kneel downs.
The run game was pretty evenly divided. Allen had 68 yards, Sibble 67, with three scores, and MacDonell had 65 most of it on the one long scoring run. Allen completed two balls to Pforter traveling 25 yards. He also completed two PATs, one each to Pforter and MacDonell.
Defensively, I had Mitchell as the leading tackler with 8, followed by Sibble with 7.5 then Allen (6) and MacDonell(5.5).
BR and Red Jacket now stand with 5-3 records, a split of the season series and tied in third place. I think there will need to be a coin flip to determine the seedings. However, BR will be hosting next week, either CG Finney/ Northstar or Holley. The Wolverines will have to fix a few things and get a few guys healthy again if they want to move along in the post season.
Congratulations to the girls soccer team who upset the 2 seeded Marion squad 1-0 Friday night. They will face Wheatland Chili on Tuesday at TBD according to the Section Site.
Good Luck to the Boys soccer squad as they square off 6:30 Saturday evening, at home, against Cal Mum.