|Hyannis defeats Broncos in wet afternoon contest|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 20 September 2013 17:21|
James Martin (64) wraps up the Hyannis runner as Hayden Pollmann moves into position. (Diane Stamm | The Wauneta Breeze)
By Diane Stamm
The Wauneta Breeze
Despite putting a season high 45 points on the scoreboard Friday afternoon, the Wauneta-Palisade Broncos lost at home to Hyannis, 45-64.
Playing the first quarter in the rain, Hyannis received the kickoff and quickly scored.
Penalties killed the Broncos on its first possession. W-P completed a long pass to position itself deep in Hyannis territory but a chin strap violation brought the play back.
Hyannis took over and scored a second touchdown with 2:58 left in the first quarter to pull ahead 16-0.
On its ensuing possession, W-P drove to the Hyannis 20 before stalling.
Unable to take advantage, Hyannis punted to the Broncos. Taking over on its own five-yard line, W-P used a fake punt to keep the drive alive, scoring on a Wes Anderjaska nine-yard run.
Recovering the onside kick, W-P took over on the Hyannis 34-yard line. The wet day caught up with the Broncos when the ball slipped from Chase Rathe’s hand as he looked down field for a receiver. Despite the wet conditions, it was the Broncos only fumble in the contest.
Hyannis was able to convert the Broncos’ miscue into points, taking a 22-6 lead with 2:25 left in the half.
It didn’t take long for the Broncos to respond. A long Anderjaska run set up a Jeremiah Kerns touchdown with 1:57 left in the half.
Following another Broncos onside kick, Hyannis scored, followed by a Hayden Pollmann touchdown from Anderjaska.
With 58.6 seconds left on the clock and the score 18-28, both teams scored once more. The Broncos’ touchdown came on a 56-yard pass from Anderjaska to Rathe to pull W-P to within eight points, 26-34 at halftime.
Receiving the ball to start the second half, W-P drove to the Hyannis five-yard line, but couldn’t convert on fourth-and- goal.
Co-head coach Joseph Frecks said the team needs to focus on taking care of the ball and executing in the red zone.
Taking over on its own three-yard line, Hyannis overcame two penalties to score and extend its lead to 40-26.
On the Hyannis drive, Kerns dislocated his shoulder and set out the rest of the game.
With the third quarter coming to a close, the Broncos again drove deep into Hyannis territory. Facing fourth-and-goal, Anderjaska and Pollmann hooked up to score once more, this time from five yards out. Pollmann’s run on the extra point attempt made the score 33-40.
After scoring on its first possession of the fourth quarter, Hyannis took advantage of a W-P interception. The Longhorns were able to score a touchdown to increase its lead to 56-33 with 2:43 left in the game.
A minute later Anderjaska found Lorenzo Cavanaugh from 30 yards out for a touchdown.
Hyannis immediately returned the favor to remain ahead 64-39 with 1:30 left.
A Billy Straub touchdown with 1.9 seconds brought the final score to 64-45.
The Broncos had 486 yards of offense in the game, but Hyannis totaled 525 yards on the ground.
“Hyannis had a very good running back, who we struggled to tackle at times. We need to improve on our open field tackling and 1-on-1 tackling to limit the opposing teams big plays,” said coach Frecks.
The Broncos will host Arthur County Friday.
Frecks said the teams are evenly matched and it should be a good game.
The Wolves are 1-2 on the season, losing to Cody-Kilgore 14-16 and Hyannis 14-50.
Game time will be 6:30 p.m. MT/7:30 p.m. CT.