Wild Rose Wildcats win first game of the season
The Wild Rose Wildcats under new Head Coach Matt Havlovitz registered their first win of the season Sept. 7, 20-14, in a confidence building victory over the Boscobel Bulldogs.
It wasn’t an easy task, and the visiting bulldogs were first in getting on the board, 6-0, late in the first quarter.
The hosting Wildcats’ last full possession of the period looked good when quarterback Dyllan Rivers looked to pass near midfield, and ended up running all the way to score; however, the play was called back because of a holding penalty. Another penalty sent the Wildcats back a little further. Travis Jansen picked up 7 yards with a carry, but Wild Rose was forced to punt on 4th and 4.
Boscobel’s last possession of the period didn’t amount to much offensively, and Wild Rose was able to take over on downs at the Bulldogs’ 20. A short gain was achieved before the period ended.
The second quarter started with Jacob Gaboury-Gorges getting in an 8-yard run. A few-plays later Rivers ran on the far side to find the end zone. Eddie McCardell put the PAT kick through the upright for a 7-6 Wild Rose lead with 10:04 to play in the first half.
Boscobel began moving the ball with its first possession of the second quarter with a couple pass completions and a couple runs for first downs. Then, Greg Ida got in a sack for a 10-yard loss. The visitors soon found themselves punting the ball away.
Cole Ramczyk handled the punt for Wild Rose, returning it to the Wildcats’ own 36. Along the way Rivers gained around 5 yards on a lot of scrambling. A Boscobel penalty gave the Wildcats a first down. Travis Jansen ended up with a big catch to put the hosts on the visitors’ 10-yard line. Rivers picked up 5 yards on a carry, but Wild Rose couldn’t get the ball in the end zone as Boscobel stood their ground on two goal line stances.
Boscobel took over on downs at it’s own 3. A first down was picked up on a several yard gain to the 15 before halftime arrived, but nothing more was to come as time ran out.
Wild Rose started the second half on it’s own 16-yard line, and didn’t get much further than that as Gaboury-Gorges picked up 5 yards on a carry. Few passes of yardage, including a sack for a big loss, killed the drive.