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Wolves’ comeback shocks Littlefield

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Wolves’ comeback shocks Littlefield

By Bill Kelly

The Dalhart Golden Wolves traveled to Littlefield to play the Wildcats on Friday October 15. Littlefield took a 32-7 lead into halftime, but the Wolves staged a huge comeback in the second half, scoring 34 points while keeping the Wildcats in check to win the game by a final score of 41-32.

Littlefield kicked off to start the game, but the Wolves fumbled and Littlefield was able to grab the ball at the Dalhart six-yard line. The Wildcats scored three plays later, and the extra point gave Littlefield an early 7-0 lead.

Max Baca returned the next kickoff to the 40, which is where the Wolves started their first drive of the night. Matthew Anzaldua ran for 22 yards on the first play to move Dalhart into Littlefield territory at the 38, but the drive stalled there. An incomplete pass on fourth down gave the ball back to the Wildcats.

Littlefield started its next drive on its own 35-yard line. It took the Wildcats six plays to score again, including a 34-yard pass and a 23- yard run for the touchdown. The extra point made the score 14-0 in favor of Littlefield.

Dalhart started its next drive on the 25 after the kickoff went into the end zone for a touchback. The Wolves faced fourth-and-one three plays later, and quarterback Thomas Meyer faked a handoff to Luis Favela before running left for 20 yards and the first down.

Dalhart fumbled a few plays later when trying to convert another fourth down, giving the ball back to the Wildcats. Littlefield took advantage of the opportunity and scored five plays later. The Wolves blocked the extra point, and Littlefield led 20-0.

Uriel Lujan ran the kickoff back to the 43-yard line to give Dalhart good field position for their next drive. An incomplete pass and a run for no yards were followed by a penalty on Littlefield, giving the Wolves third-and-five. Meyer ran right up the middle for seven yards, giving Dalhart a first down at the Littlefield 45.

Meyer was sacked on the next play, setting up second-and-23. Meyer threw a screen pass to Klayton Monroe, and after catching the pass Monroe ran through most of the Littlefield defense, making it all the way to the six-yard line before finally being caught. After switching sides following the end of the first quarter, Favela ran six yard for the touchdown. Christian Xon Gonzalez hit the extra point, and the score was 20-7 in favor of Littlefield.

The Wildcats came right back to score again in seven plays. They attempted a two-point conversion, but the Dalhart defense was able to hold them out of the end zone and Littlefield led 26-7. The Wildcats scored once more during the second quarter, and at halftime held a 32-7 lead and seemed to be in command of the game.

Dalhart kicked off to start the second half, and the Wolves’ defense for ced a punt attempt on fourth down. Dalhart blocked the punt and took over at the Littlefield 23. Anzaldua ran for five yards on first down, and then gained four more yards on second down, putting the ball at the 14. Meyer ran the ball 14 yards into the end zone on the next play, and after the extra point the score was 32-14 in favor of Littlefield.

Neither team was able to score again in the third quarter, which left the Wolves with just 12 minutes to score at least 18 points. Littlefield had the ball at the start of the fourth quarter on the Dalhart 30 with a first-and-10. Jagger Puga tackled a Wildcat runner for a five-yard loss on first down, but a penalty on the Wolves moved the ball to the 20 for another first down. Littlefield gained three yards on the next play, but were held for zero yards on second down and threw an incomplete pass on third down, setting up fourthand- seven. The Wildcats were unable to convert, and Dalhart took over at their own 17.

A penalty on Dalhart moved the ball back to the six. After an incomplete pass, a four-yard run, and another incomplete pass, the Wolves faced fourthand- 17. Meyer found Favela over the middle for a 32-yard completion and a first down to the 42.

The Wolves turned the ball over on downs a few plays later, giving Littlefield the ball at the Dalhart 40. The Wolves stripped the ball on the first play though, and Anzaldua recovered the fumble to give the ball back to Dalhart.
After a penalty moved the Wolves back five yards, Meyer ran for first four yards and then three yards, and then threw a 13-yard pass to Baca for a first down at the Littlefield 43. Dalhart then moved back 10 yards again on a penalty, and after an incomplete pass Meyer threw a 29-yard pass to Monroe to move the ball to the 24. Meyer ran the ball up the middle and then to the left, evading two tacklers at the end as the made it to the end zone. The extra point by Xon Gonzalez was good, and Dalhart closed the gap to 32-21 in favor of the Wildcats.

The Wolves attempted an onside kick, but Littlefield as able to fall on the ball. The Dalhart defense held Littlefield to four-and-out though, and took over on downs at the the Littlefield 42. It took the Wolves just two plays to score again. The first play was an incomplete pass, and then Meyer connected with Baca for a 42-yard touchdown pass. Meyer threw a pass to Favela for a two-point conversion, and Littlefield’s lead was 32-29.

The Wildcats ran for 12 yards on their first play after the kickoff, but after that the Wolves held them to another four-and-out and took over at their own 47. Meyer threw an 11-yard completion to Anzaldua for a first down, and then Meyer ran for eight yards to the Littlefield 34. After no gain on the next play, Anzaldua ran for five yards and another first down to the 29.

After Dalhart lost 11 yards on the next play. Meyer threw a 30-yard pass to Baca to give Dalhart first-and-goal at the 10. Following another 5-yard penalty and a oneyard loss, the Wolves were moved back to the 16 on third down. Meyer threw a 16-yard pass to Favela for the touchdown to give the Wolves their first lead of the night at 35-32 with just 12 seconds left in the game.

Littlefield had a chance for one more play after the kickoff. The Wildcats’ quarterback dropped back to pass, and Joel Herrera was able to get to him and strip the ball. Dallon Gilmore picked the ball up and ran it into the end zone as time expired to give Dalhart a 41-32 win.

Dalhart gained 433 net yards on offense during the game, with 172 on the ground and 261 in the air. Littlefield had 330 yards of offense, with 171 rushing and 159 passing. The Wolves had 15 first downs while the Wildcats had 10.

Meyer competed 16-of-33 passes for 261 yards, and also led the team in rushing with 122 yards. Anzaldua gained 36 yards. Baca had six receptions for 94 yards and a touchdown, and Monroe had two receptions for 77 yards. Meyer had two touchdowns rushing and two touchdown throws, and Favela had both a touchdown run and touchdown reception. Gilmore scored a defensive touchdown.

Puga led the team with eight solo tackles, and also assisted on seven others. Monroe had seven solo tackles and 10 assists, and Anzaldua also had seven solo tackles and eight assists. Logan Box had one solo tackle and eight assists.

In the other district game, Bushland held on for a close win over River Road 20-14. Bushland is now 2-0 in district. Dalhart is 1-0, and River Road is 1-1. Muleshoe was off on Friday and is 0-1, and Littlefield is now 0-2.

The Wolves play Bushland at home this Friday, October 22 at 7 p.m. The game will also be Dalhart’s annual Pink-Out Game for breast cancer awareness.

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