Wolves defense stifles the Demons
By Rodney White
The Golden Wolves moved to 3-2 on the season with an impressive victory over a very good Dumas football team thanks to a 79-yard run by Devonte Burks late in the fourth quarter. But the key to the victory was several big stands by the Dalhart defense as they continued to hold the Demons inside the 30 yard line and prevent the Dumas team from scoring all night long.
This effort was started on the first possession as the Demons kicked off to the Wolves who fumbled the opening kickoff and Dumas took over at the 30 yard line of the Wolves. Dalhart held the Demons to two yards, and the Wolves took over at the 28. After the Demons held the Wolves, we punted to the Dumas Demons and Alexio Phothisene, who finished the night with 175 yards rushing, had a 48-yard carry and then Dumas was able to carry the ball over from the two to take the lead 7-0 with 6:40 left in the first quarter. This 65-yard TD drive was the only one Dumas would have all night.
Dumas then kicked off to the Wolves and Burks ran out of the starburst to the 30 yard line. Adrian Ruiz carried the ball for 15 yards but fumbled and an alert Chase Pope fell on the ball at the 45 yard line. Devonte Burks had a strong run by reversing direction and picked up another 16 yards. The touchdown play was a 28-yard pass by Noah Jesko to Harper Scofield, and after the extra point by Saul Barron the game was tied at 7 with 3:45 left in the first quarter.
Neither team was able to do much offensively the rest of the half. Dumas started a drive at the 43 yard line in the second quarter, and moved the ball to the 12 yard line forcing a Dalhart time out with 3:30 left in the half. On fourth and 10 at the 10 yard line, Adrian Ruiz had a big tackle to prevent a touchdown with three minutes left. Dumas held the Dalhart team, and Thomas Allen was forced to punt from the end zone. Dumas fielded the ball at the 39 yard line with 1:22 left in the half. Dumas moved the ball to the 23 yard line with 1:08 left in the period. The Wolves held again and Dumas attempted a 41-yard field goal which was wide to the left and the Wolves took over with 51 seconds left. Trent Dailing had two big carries, then Burkes rushed 16 yards for another first down, but time expired with the score 7-7 at halftime.
After halftime, the Wolves held Dumas on their opening drive and the Wolves took over at the 22 after a Demon punt. Jesko threw a perfect pass to John Belgira who made a great catch for 35 yards, moving the ball to the 46 yard line. Ruiz carried 13 yards to the 13, but the drive stalled and the Wolves were forced to punt. Landon Oelke made an incredible play as he raced down field and stopped the ball at the 3 yard line of the Demons, and the third quarter ended tied at 7.
The Wolves had great field position all half, but were unable to capitalize on the short field. The defense held Dumas again and after the Dumas punt, the Wolves took over at the 46. Dalhart was unable to move the ball and the teams exchanged punts. Finally, Dalhart took over at the 21 yard line. The Coaches decided to come out in the Lobo (or Wildcat) formation for the next play. The ball was snapped back to Thomas Allen who handed the ball to Burkes coming full speed from his left. Burkes raced around the short side of the field and dived into the end zone for a 79-yard touchdown run, and after the extra point, the Wolves led 14-7 with 6:29 left in the game. Burks ended the night with 110 yards on12 carries as he is finally starting to get healthy after an injury in the second game of the season. Dumas was not about to quit. They took the ball at the 38 yard line. On a big second down play, Harper Scofield jumped up and knocked down his second pass of the night. The Wolves held and took over with 3:39 left in the game. This time the Demons were able to stop Dalhart and the Wolves had to punt the ball back to Dumas with 2:04 left in the game. After the punt, Dumas got the ball with 1:56 left to play, and they had possession at the 19 yard line. The Dalhart secondary provided great coverage and on fourth down, Dusty Stapleton tackled the Dumas receiver for a one yard loss, and the Wolves took over and ran out the clock to win their third game 14-7.
The good news is now the team gets a week off to recover from all of the injuries and bruises that have been mounting up as they have an open date next week before they travel to Lubbock Cooper for the start of district play.
Statistics: Dalhart – First Downs, 9; Rushing Yards, 154; Passing Yards, 74; Total Yards, 228; Comp-Att-Int, 4-11-0; Punts, 7 for 32.3 yards average; Fumbles, 1; Penalty for pass interference, 1 (five yards). Dumas – First Downs, 16; Rushing Yards, 211; Passing Yards, 24; Total Yards, 235; Comp-Att-Int, 5-24-0; Fumbles, 1; Penalties, 5 (40 yards).