Dalhart holds Fritch scoreless in opener
By Rodney White
Couch Young always builds his team around his defense, which would bend but not break Friday night, but it was the offense that was on display at Sanford Fritch, as the Golden Wolves outgunned Fritch 38-0 to open the season. On a beautiful night for football in the Panhandle the Wolves opened the scoring with a 7 yard touchdown run by Adrian Ruiz to take the early lead 7-0 after the extra point by Zinsan Puttick. The Golden Wolves defense held Fritch on a 4th and 5 attempt and took over on downs near the end of the first quarter, but could not score again. In the second quarter Zinsan Puttick kicked a booming 52 yard punt from deep in Dalhart territory and Adrian Ruiz knocked the ball loose from Fritch and the Wolves took over with great field position. The Wolves are doing some new things offensively this year, maybe because of the type of players the Wolves have, and also because of the great new coaches the Wolves have from WT. Noah Jesko threw a perfect pass over the middle to Kaleb Grant for 19 yards, then completed a 5 yard pass to Kaleb. The spread formation worked great for the Wolves all night as the middle of the field seemed to always be open. Noah threw a perfect pass up the middle to a streaking Thomas Allen who used his great strength to bounce off a couple of tacklers at the 15 and race 46 yards into the end zone to score. The extra point by Zinsan was good and the Wolves led 14-0.
On the next possession by Fritch, Greg Carter, who played great all night, and JD Abla, had a sack for a 9 yard loss forcing a Fritch punt. The Wolves took over and Devonte Burkes took the ball to the left, but nothing was open, so he reversed directions and raced 15 yards around the right side for a first down. Noah Jesko then threw a pass over the middle to Harper Scofield who reached down low to scoop up the ball and raced 15 yards into the end zone for the 3rd score of the night, and the Wolves were leading 21-0 in the second quarter. On the next possession by Fritch, Greg Carter almost recovered a bad snap from the Eagles at the 15, but he did force the Eagles to punt. The Wolves took over at the 44 yard line on a fair catch by Devonte Burks. On the first play Jesko was sacked for a 7 yard loss. Then Adrian Ruiz ran 39 yards to the 12 yard line. On the next play Noah Jesko who has matured immensely since last year threw a perfect strike to Harper Scofield at the 3. With time expiring Burkes ran 3 yards into the endzone to make the score 28-0 at the half after another extra point by Zinsan.
The Wolves started the second half with the ball and ran the same play to Thomas Allen that he had scored on earlier. This one was a 20 yard pass to the 15 for a first down. Jesko then completed an 8 yard pass to Burkes for the final touchdown, and the Wolves led 35-0. Zinsan kicked off and had his 3rd touchback of the game as Fritch let the long kick roll past the endzone. Coach Young decided to put in a lot of new players on the next drive, and Thomas Allen took over at quarterback. Jose Villalobos, carried the ball for some big gains following the blocking of Trent Dailing picking up a first down for the Wolves. The Wolves fumbled the ball away at the 41, but on the very next play Kaleb Grant intercepted a pass at the 21 to give the ball back to Dalhart. The Wolves were forced to punt and Zinsan kicked the shortest punt of the night, but he got a great roll after the ball landed and it ended up being a 45 yard punt to end the 3rd quarter. The young players continued to flex their muscle in the forth quarter. Nick Young had a 21 yard run, then Thomas Allen broke through 3 tacklers to gain 20 yards on a keeper. The drive then stalled and Zinsan Puttick came on the field and kicked a 37 yard field goal that might have been good from10-15 yards further back, to end the scoring at 38-0. Adrian Ruiz stopped the kickoff return at the 15 for Fritch, and then Chad Ogle had an interception at the 7 yard line ending any Fritch hopes of scoring The Wolves took over and ran out the clock for a very satisfying victory over the Sanford Fritch Eagles. Next week the Wolves will travel to Guymon Oklahoma to face a tough Guymon team where we will be playing by Oklahoma rules which are a little different than Texas rules. The Wolves completed 4 of 6 passes in the first half for 89 yards, while rushing for 123 yards in the half, compared to 1 yard rushing, and 107 passing for Fritch in the half. Dalhart ended up with 184 yards rushing unofficially and 126 yards passing for 310 yards of total offense, while Fritch had 93 yards rushing and 110 yards passing for 203 total yards. The Wolves were 13 of 16 passing, while Fritch was 11 of 27, throwing 16 incomplete passes with 2 interceptions. Dalhart had 13 first downs to 11 for Fritch. The Wolves played a clean game with only 3 penalties for 20 yards. Zinsan Puttick had 2 punts for 48 yards average.