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CMS Football teams open the season strong
By Rick Weirich
Clinton Redwolves Middle School Football opened up the season with two decisive victories on the road against LCAA opponent the Ida Bluestreaks on Wednesday night (September 15).
The 7th grade Redwolves offense started the game off by methodically marching up the field, and punctuating the scoring drive with a Sam Stewart 31 yard scamper to the endzone. Tanner Bolton would add 2 points to the tally with a successful 2-point conversion giving an 8-0 early lead. The Redwolves defense then stepped up BIG to maintain their first half lead, and keep the Bluestreaks off the board in the 1st half with a forced fumble by Cornerback Jonah Hahn and recovery by Safety Sam Stewart.
Starting with a 3-0 lead in the 2nd half the Redwolves fell behind 3-6 for a brief moment after ceeding a touchdown to Ida. Their response would come quick, and in numerous succession. Offensive lineman Owen Wright, Kyler Pawlowski, Will Hawkins, Chance Maddox, Lucas Coughlin, and Austin Putnam fueled the resurgence. First, with a Jake Halchishak 60 yd TD run and Tanner Bolton 2-point conversion (11-6). Followed by a second long TD dash of 56 yards by Sam Stewart and 3rd overall 2-point conversion from Bolton (19-6). Finally, Stewart would round off the scoring for the night with 8 more by providing his 3rd TD and converting the 2 point try (27-6).
Notable defensive standouts were Louie Della-Badia, Connor Wegner, Lucas Goetting, and Brody Wenn.
The 8th grade Redwolves were effective in all facets of the game. After a scoreless first quarter dominated by a classic Clinton clock-eating drive, the Redwolves struck paydirt with a Bryce Randolph 4 yard TD and Blake Sloan 2-point conversion (8-0). Sloan wouldn’t wait long to find the endzone again, adding to the score with a 51 yard TD run followed by a successful Randolph 2-point conversion (16-0).
Starting the 2nd half with a 3-0 lead and set to kick, the Redwolves claimed the ball back right away, swarming to a perfectly placed onside kick by John Keibler. Sloan would follow the recovery with another long tackle-breaking run of 48 yds in order to surpass the 100 yard milestone for rushing yards in the game (9-0).
The Bluestreaks were not able to come by any points thanks to a forceful defensive line anchored by Landon Lakatos, Joe Webb, John Keibler, Eli Turner, Noah Yovanov, and Cliff Jones. No defensive play was bigger than the forced turnover that led to the game sealing TD.
Aided by excellent coverage from the defensive backs Brendan Benschoter, Braden Broderick, Colt Perry, and Jaren Settles, Turner pursued a scrambling Bluestreak QB and layed down a punishing hit that forced a fumble recovered by Big Joe Webb. Scooter (Benschoter) would add the final points with a 10 yard TD making the final score 15-0.
Other Notable defensive standouts include: Teagan Zbikowski, Jayden German, Carson Ehnis, Cassius Jahn, and Donnie Kline.
Thanks to our amazing cheer team for keeping the fans roaring! The Redwolves were back in action Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at Wegner Field vs. Hudson. Get together with the Wolfpack and support your teams!