Turnovers spoil the Wolves night
By Rodney White
On Friday night the Wolves outplayed the Borger Bulldogs in every area except one, but that one was turnovers. The Wolves were plagued with three lost fumbles and one interception, and the Bulldogs scored all 10 of their points off of Dalhart turnovers to win 10 – 7 and move into sole possession of first place in district play.
Borger took the ball to start the game at the 22 yard line. The Wolves held and forced Borger to punt from the 24 yard line. Noah Jesko then threw a 58 yard strike to Greg Carter who now has two passes for 135 yards, and the Wolves were in great position to score. Jesko threw a 13 yard touchdown pass to Harper Scofield. After the extra point kick by Zinzan Puttick, the Wolves led 7-0 with 6:43 left in the first quarter. The Wolves kicked off again and Borger took over at the 18. Adrian Ruiz and Thomas Allen had a big tackle on third and 8 forcing a Borger time out at the 34 yard line. The Wolves held, and Borger punted to the 11 yard line. The Wolves had a pass bounce off the shoulder pads of the intended Dalhart receiver right into the hands of a Borger Bulldog, and Borger took over at the 23 yard line. The Borger quarterback raced 23 yards into the endzone for a score to tie the game at 7. That was the last score of the quarter.
The Wolves took over at the 17 yard line after the kickoff and were moving the ball well. Jesko started the second quarter with an 11 yard carry after penalties had pushed the Wolves back to the 1. Both teams traded punts. Special teams were a nightmare for the Wolves as they seemed to let every punt bounce and Borger got extra yards. On the next punt, the Wolves were in good position to field the punt, but this punt bounced off the shoulder pads of the return man at the 44 yard line. Borger recovered the ball at the 41. The Wolf defense again played spectacular and held the Bulldogs. The Wolves took over at the 36. Unfortunately, the Wolves committed another turnover and the Bulldogs took over at the 40 with 21 seconds left in the half. Borger moved the ball and then kicked a 33 yard field goal as time expired in the half.
The Wolves outplayed the Bulldogs in the second half, but could not get the ball into the end zone. The Wolves started their second drive of the half at the 14. Thomas Allen picked up a first down from the wildcat formation. Adrian Ruiz had a 14 yard run to the 44. Things started to look bad for the Wolves with two sacks for 14 yards. Noah Jesko was not giving up though and on third down he threw a 31 yard pass to Chase Pope at the 39. Ruiz carried the ball to the 26 for another first down. The Wolves ran to the left, and at the 4 yard line the ball was knocked loose and into the end zone for a touch back. Borger took over at the 20 yard line, ending another great Dalhart drive without any points.
Again, the Wolves defense held, and Dalhart took over at the 27. Jesko threw a 36 yard pass to Thomas Allen who made a spectacular catch at the 39. Devonte Burks attempted his second pass of the night; this one was successful to Harper Scofield for 41 yards and the ball was at the 15. The Wolves couldn’t move the ball and were forced to kick a 40 yard field goal, but the attempt was short and Borger took over. The Wolves had two more chances to score, but couldn’t overcome poor field position. The Wolves final possession started at the 6, but time ran out for the Wolves, and Borger moved to 2-0 in district play with a 10-7 victory over the Wolves who are now tied for second with three other teams with a record of 1-1. The Wolves will travel to Levelland next week to face the Lobos.
Borger - First Downs, 11; Rushing Yards, 113; Passing Yards, 98; Total Yards, 211; Comp-Att-INT, 12-19-0; Fumbles – Lost, 4-0; Penalties-Yards, 12-105. Dalhart – First Downs, 14; Rushing Yards, 64; Passing Yards, 210; Total Yards, 274; Comp-Att-INT, 10-26-1; Fumbles – Lost, 3-3; Penalties-Yards, 8-59.