By Hank Krause
Akron-Westfield pulled off another win coming from behind on Friday, Sept. 13, bringing the final score to 27 A-W, 22 Woodbury Central, to put its record at 3-0.
Sam Mace found Chance Hoffman open on a crossing route and Hoffman did the rest. Hoffman grabbed the pass, broke one tackle, then sprinted 60 yards down the west sideline to score.
A-W opened the scoring early in the game as they used three plays to cover 56 yards to put A-W on the board. John Wolthuizen got into the scoring act as he picked up a fumble to outrun the Wildcats for 54 yards to score. A-W enjoyed a 13-0 lead with less than five minutes played.
WC got on the board following an A-W punt to the 50. WC drove to the A-W one but not without some poor tackling. Lane Nichols scored from the one with 32 seconds left in the half.
With three seconds left in the half, A-W tried to pass as Mace hit Nathan Sanchez, but Nichols, a “sneaky little bugger,” stole the ball and set sail to score for WC as the clock ran out. WC had the lead, 14-13 at half.
The second half turned out to be exciting right down to when the clock read 0:00.
WC extended their lead to 22-13 as Nichols found Gaige Foskuhl open in the end zone for a 28 yard touchdown.
Early in the fourth quarter Sam Mace narrowed it to 22-19 with a one-yard run. The big plays were a nine yard pass play to Cody Bosse followed by a 19-yard pass to Carlsen to put the ball on the WC 3.
WC, starting on their own 20, moved to midfield. WC fumbled and A-W recovered at their own 44. Losing six yards on a running play and having 27 seconds on the clock, it was Mace to Hoffman and a touchdown.
A-W and WC tangled, and in a way it was really kind of odd. A-W ran 44 plays compared to WC’s 78. WC almost doubled the offensive output. A-W’s ground attack was non-existent as they rushed for “four” yards compared to WC’s 288.
Defensively, A-W had troubles stopping the run but seemed to stop it at the right time by causing a fumble or ran the Wildcats out of downs. A-W stopped WC 18 times on third down conversions.
Cody Bosse, Kevin Carlsen, and Chance Hoffman all had a good night on defense. Bosse alone was in on 20 tackles, of which 17 were solo. WC’s Lane Nichols and Schuyler Rilling ran the ball 66 times for 289 yards.
WC, on one last try, threw the ball and Mace intercepted. A-W had the win at 27-22 and moved its record to 3-0 for the year.
The irate mother from the previous week is now trying to sweet talk “ole Hank.” Being clever like I am, she’s going to have to go some.
I would like to know the purpose of the totem pole Indian on the southwest gate of the field. How is this relevant to a high school football game and is this displaying good sportsmanship?