Things started out a little crazy as we took a 2-0 lead on a safety to start the game. Things were looking up for the Wolves but Van Buren had some big plays up their sleeve to take an 18-8 lead at half. The first half saw the Wolves struggling on offense and defense as we weren't able to move the ball or get stops on the other side.
At half time some of the players stepped up and talked to their teammates and showed some leadership. It was great to see that happen. And from there the Wolves never looked back.
We were able to run the ball very effectively the second half. We didn't have a single negative yardage play in the second half. The offensive line of Collin Hinkle, Jayce Malone, Kyle Giese, Beau VanAmerongen, and Carter Hinkle were able to open up some big holes for Kaleb Hagge, Graham Hagge, BJ Rodgers, and Kleyton Benedict. The Hagge boys did a lot of damage inside with Rodgers doing the damage on the edge.
Broc Mullin, Neil Davis, and BJ Rodgers lead the way with interceptions during the game. Rodgers had two picks on the night. The defensive line stepped up and played very physical in the second half.
The coaching staff was very pleased with the way these young men responded the second half. We showed some aggression, physicality and the no-quit attitude it takes to be a quality team. I have been a part of WMU football for 10 years now and I think that this was the first season we had a winning season at the JV level. These guys get beat up on all week for very little publicity but they are making the varsity better and improved themselves all season. Very please with the way they worked in the weight room. One of the biggest differences from previous seasons was that we were stronger than a lot of the teams that we played. The future is looking bright for the WMU football program.
If you see one of these guys out and about this week let them know how proud you are of them for the JV season, Trey Newton, Broc Mullin, Beau VanAmerongen, Jayce Malone, Carter Hinkle, Collin Hinkle, Kyle Giese, BJ Rodgers, Graham Hagge, Kaleb Hagge, Kleyton Benedict, Kolten Buster, Dalton Spencer, Darren Mertens, Aaron Snowden, and Neil Davis.
For those before us, those of us now, and that follow, WE ARE WMU!