The Willow Canyon Wildcats, under the direction of head coach Michael Hudnutt, came into town to face the Tolleson Wolverines, led by Rich Wellbrock. With both teams looking to improve their record to 2-0 on the young season, this game appeared to remain a battle throughout.
A scoreless first quarter ended with a 23 yard loss by Tolleson after junior QB Darnell Woods could not get his hands on a high snap.
The second quarter began with a
punt from senior WR Keifer Fields.
Woods would get two more opportunities to throw the ball on the ensuing drive, but a deflection by senior DL Justin Jones would bring the drive to a halt.
On second and 11 of
The great stop from the defense was wasted, however, on the next series, with another three-and-out from the Tolleson offense.
After a false start penalty cost
them five yards,
A nine yard sweep by Fields, coupled with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Wildcats, gave the Wolverines great field position, four yards into enemy territory. Senior RB Tim Hullaby would kill yet another Tolleson drive by fumbling the ball. Drew would recover the loose ball and run with it to the 12 yard line of the Wolverines.
With 58 seconds left in the half,
The Wildcats would receive the ball
to begin the second half. Starting from their own 20,
Two nice runs from junior RB Eric Saenz netted the Wolverines 11 yards, but a negative run by Saenz, and a sack of and a fumble from Woods put Tolleson back on their 27 yard line. Fourth and 20 meant another punt from the home team.
Starting at midfield, the Wildcats
would hold on to the ball through the end of the third quarter. On the first
play of the fourth quarter, Torres would gain a first down on a run that
On the kickoff, junior DB Jon Ortega walloped Tolleson's return man. With that hit, Ortega won the award for the hit of the night.
After two Hullaby runs, the
Wolverines faced third and six from their own 44. Woods then came up big with a
26 yard pass completion to Fields. Another Woods to Fields pass on second and
seven moved the ball to the Wildcats' 18 yard line, but a penalty against the
offense moved the ball back 10 yards. An illegal motion penalty on the next play
moved them back to the 33. From there, Jones sniffed out a screen to Hullaby and
stuffed him right at the line of scrimmage. On third and 13, senior LB Robert Ford sacked Woods for a 10 yard
loss. Facing fourth and 23, Flores was brought in for a play at QB, but an
incomplete pass intended for senior WR Carlton Hooks turned the ball over on
Cota got the next hand off and
exploded up the right side again, this time for 28 yards, to the Tolleson 29.
Five plays and another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Tolleson later,
Torres would scatter in from 11 yards for the final touchdown of the game. The
converted extra point attempt gave
Tolleson would fumble a snap on their next possesion, giving the Wildcats the ball and the game after Jones recovered it.
This was a sloppy game on both
sides of the ball, but the team with the fewest mistakes won out.
As for Tolleson, too many mistakes
made by the offense stalled them all night, wasting a good defensive effort.
Their road does not get any easier, with upcoming games against
TE and DL Justin Jones had a heck of a night, with a touchdown catch, a deflection, and a fumble recovery. Jones played very well.
Not much to choose from, but I'll give Tolleson's game ball to Eric Saenz. He was their most consistent player throughout the night.