Wolves maul Tigers, 24-0
By Rodney White
Last week the offense was on show in Fritch, this week the defense took the starring role, holding Guymon scoreless and limiting the Tigers to 62 yards of total offense. The Wolves could never quite get the passing game established on a consistent basis, and the huge Oklahoma linemen kept the Dalhart running game in check. The Wolves were able to move the ball in the first half, but were not consistent and failed to score on several opportunities. The game was very exciting and proved to be a great learning experience in preparation for homecoming next week against Childress.
Guymon won the toss and elected to defend, so Dalhart took the opening kickoff on a starburst. Chad Ogle handed the ball to Adrian Ruiz who raced to the 35 yard line. Coach Young made a great call early in the game and elected to go for it on fourth and two on the first drive, but Dalhart came up a yard short and Guymon took over at the 44 yard line of the Wolves, which would prove to be their only possession inside Dalhart territory until the fourth quarter. Adrian Ruiz made a great tackle after a 14 yard pass. JD Abla and John Peoples stopped Guymon on third down forcing a punt. A bad snap over the punters head by Guymon led to a tackle by Adrian Ruiz at the Guymon 38. The Wolves moved the ball well led by Devonte Burks who raced 24 yards to the 7 yard line. But the Wolves fumbled the ball at the 6 yard line killing a scoring opportunity. The Dalhart defense was overwhelming, forcing the Tigers back. Adrian Ruiz almost had a safety as he tackled the Guymon quarterback inside the 1 yard line. Guymon had a short punt and Dalhart took over at the 25 yard line. The Wolves looked good. On fourth and 11, Jesko threw a 12 yard strike to Kaleb Grant at the 13 yard line. Burks scored from the 1 with 2:30 left in the first quarter and the Wolve led 6-0. The Wolves had lost starting kicker Zinzan Puttick to an injury. The kicking team struggled and did not make the extra point attempt which was wide left.
After this 25 yard drive, the Wolves kicked to Guymon at the 18, with a tremendous kickoff. Harper Scofield had some great pass defense as he was always in the passing lanes, and then had a tackle for a big loss, forcing Guymon to punt again. Kaleb Grant returned the punt 18 yards to the 41 of Guymon. Noah Jesko threw a beautiful pass to Thomas Allen for 21 yards to the 21 yard line, but the drive stalled and Guymon took over at the 20.
JD Abla intercepted a pass at the 18 yard line to start the second quarter and raced into the end zone to make the score 12 –0. The two-point conversion failed. Landon Oelke had a tackle for a 13 yard loss after a Guymon fumble forcing another Tiger punt. Kaleb Grant had a 24 yard punt return to the 36 yard line. A personal foul against Guymon placed the ball at the 14, but the Tiger defense held and took over at the 13. The Wolves continued to exchange blows with the Tigers but couldn’t reach the end zone. Burks carried the ball for good yardage and Jesko threw a 38 yard pass to Thomas Allen at the 22 yard line. Chase Pope then caught a 13 yard pass over the middle to the 9 yard line. With 2.7 seconds left in the half the Wolves had a 9 yard pass to Harper Scofield for a touchdown. The two-point conversion failed, and Dalhart led 18-0 at halftime.
Guymon got the ball to start the second half. Ruiz had a tackle for a 4 yard loss and Guymon had to punt to the 43 yard line. The Tigers held and Thomas Allen had a great punt to the tiger 15 yard line. The teams traded punts again, but the Wolves decided to move the ball on the ground on the next possession. Burks was the workhorse on the drive with four carries in a row. Jesko threw a 33 yard touchdown pass to John Belgira. The Wolves kicked the extra point. Saul Barron’s kick was good, but a penalty against the Wolves moved the ball back 15 yards and the second attempt was just a little wide, so the score was 24-0.
Guymon finally found a weakness and started to move the ball. The quarterback had the biggest gain of the night on a 37 yard run followed by a 13 yard carry. Chad Ogle would not be fooled as the Tigers lined up for a trick play with the receiver right next to the side line. Jose Villalobos had a sack and the Wolves took over at the Dalhart 29. The Wolves had a pass to Allen for 14 yards, then another pass to Belgira for a first down. The teams continued to trade drives. JD Abla recovered a fumble at the 29 yard line. Villalobos was the work horse on the next Dalhart drive. Thomas Allen had an 11 yard roll out, and Villalobos carried for 8 yards to the 23. Trent Dailing moved the ball to the 20 and the Wolves kneeled down to run the clock out with a shutout 24-0 victory.
The Wolves held Guymon to –9 yards rushing in the first half, and 16 passing yards for 7 yards of total offense, and one first down. Dalhart completed the game with 135 yards rushing, and 184 yards passing for 315 yards of total offense. With 15 first downs and two fumbles lost. Guymon ended up with 46 yards rushing and 15 yards passing for 62 yards of total offense and four first downs. This Friday, the Wolves will be at home for a homecoming game against the Childress Bobcats.