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Wheatmore moves on

Kaitlyn Mullins

Friday night the Wheatmore Warriors hosted the West Stanley Colts for the second round of the 2A state football playoffs.

Kicking off in the first quarter were the Warriors as the Colts started their drive on the 53-yard line. Wheatmore was able to hold the Colts and force them to punt on fourth down. The Warriors began on the 50-yard line as Alex Trexler carried the ball for a first down. On the next play, Nick Halo found Jordan Kight as he was taken down on the one-yard line. Trexler carried the ball on the next play for a Wheatmore touchdown. Bailey Owens kicked the extra point as he gave the Warriors a 7-0 lead. West Stanley returned the ball to their own 40-yard line. On second and five the Colts threw an interception to Claude Nydayishimiyre. On the next play, Trexler carried the ball into the end zone making it a 13-0 game. The kick was good to give the Warriors a 14-0 lead. On second and nine for the Colts the ball was fumbled and Camden Wishon recovered the ball for Wheatmore. The Warriors got down to the one-yard line only to have a pass picked off by Jordan Poole. West Stanley was able to pick up a first down but after three failed attempts the Colts turned the ball over on downs. Wheatmore started on the 50 yard line as Trexler carried the ball for a first down. Once again Trexler was handed the ball from Halo as he rushed into the end zone. Wheatmore took a 21-0 lead over the Colts. West Stanley gained control of the ball but ended up punting it on fourth down. After one complete quarter, the Warriors led 21-0.

The Warriors led things off in the second quarter with the ball on second and five. Halo ran with the ball as he gained a first down. Trexler was handed the ball for back to back plays as he once again scored for the Warriors. West Stanley picked up a first down on the 22-yard line. Lukas Scott was handed the ball for back to back plays gaining first downs for the Colts. On the next play, Poole stepped foot into the end zone for a touchdown. The kick was good as the Colts made it a 7-21 game. Picking up a 40-yard run was Trexler for the Warriors. Picking up yardage on the next play was Halo as he put the ball on the 8-yard line. Harrison Moffit Moffit was handed the ball as he surpassed the Colts defenders for another Warrior touchdown. Wheatmore took a 35-7 lead. Both teams had back to back punts to end the second quarter. At the half, Wheatmore led 35-7.

West Stanley began things in the third quarter as they kicked off to the Warriors. Wheatmore started on the 4-yard line. On third and eight a complete pass to Austin Biggs allowed the Warriors a first down. An un-sportsman like conduct call pushed the Warriors back 15 yards. On fourth down, the Warriors were forced to punt the ball. The Colts began their run on the 19-yard line. After an incomplete pass on third down, West Stanley punted the ball. Following in the Colts footsteps were the Warriors as they too punted the ball on their next drive. West Stanley started on the 35-yard line before they fumbled the ball on their next play. Tim Moser recovered the ball for the Warriors. Wheatmore finished the third quarter on first down. After three complete quarters, the Warriors held their lead at 35-7.

It didn’t take long in the fourth quarter before the Warriors scored another touchdown. Moffit would lead the Warriors to a 41-7 lead. West Stanley returned the ball to the 22 yard line. On the next play, the Warriors were able to pick up a quarterback sack. The Colts turned over the ball on downs on the 26 yard line. On third and two, Moffit was handed the ball from Halo as he stepped foot into the end zone. Owens put the up the extra point to give the Warriors a 48-7 lead. West Stanley picked up a first down on the 31-yard line. Back to back first downs put the Colts in scoring range. Scott carried the ball into the end zone for the Colts giving them 13 points. Wheatmore would punt the ball on their last possession. West Stanley kept pushing as the clock was winding down. With less than a minute left the Colts made their way into the end zone once more. Wheatmore was able to hold West Stanley 48-19 to move on in the 2A state football playoffs.

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