WEMO Football Week 5

damonThe WEMO game of the week started slow but became a run-away midway through the first quarter as the #4 ranked team in the state in Class 1 traded turnovers before capitalizing on a short field and taking an early 6-0 lead over the Drexel Bobcats in Drexel.  Cass-Midway would continue marching forward with another short field late in the quarter to take a 12-0 end of one lead.  Both TD’s came via the passing game as senior Tyler Wright tossed pay dirt pitches to Jarrett Jurgeson and Luke Boyer.  Both conversions failed.  The ground game would pick up considerably in the second quarter as senior Clay Dahman broke multiple tackles, bumbled and rumbled 34 yards to the end zone before Tyler Wright hit tight end Jake Lambertz for the conversion.  After a short field to close the half, the Midway JV offense punched in a fourth score by Tristan Driggs.  Blake Mincks would add the two point conversion and the halftime score would favor the Vikings, 28-0.
The second half would prove little different, though the Bobcats would return one of their injured starters, senior Tyler Allen, to the lineup.  After Wright’s third TD pass, this one to Tanner Yahnig, followed by Conor Hayes’ PAT, got a running clock, the Bobcats would finally score early in the fourth quarter as Allen raced in from one yard out.  The conversion failed, and it would prove the only score of the night for the struggling Bobcats who turned it over three times, and could not capitalize on the two turnovers from Midway.  Midway’s final score came from seven yards out as Wright rushed in for his fourth score of the night, the first on the ground.  The PAT sailed wide, but Midway pushed out to solidify their high ranking rolling Drexel on the road, 41-6.
The closest game of the night in the WEMO came as Rich Hill hosted the Osceola Indians and kept the game within one score all night long.  The Indians, ranked #5 in the Class 1 media poll, led 6-0 at the half, but a late third quarter TD by the Tigers would give Rich Hill the lead into the fourth quarter.  With five minutes to go, the Indians took the lead 14-7 and both teams would exchange another score, with Osceola winning 21-13 at Rich Hill.  A two touchdown lead for Adrian would have been enough, but they pulled ahead and had a monster fourth quarter, scoring four times, to keep Archie win-less for the Whirlwind homecoming.  Adrian won 48-12, seeing Archie score their first points of the year.  The non-con game of the week saw Appleton City hosting the Lincoln Cardinals, and as the Bulldogs year has gone, they stayed close early, but fell behind late, and lost at home, 36-12.  On the Bear Network, Butler had a tough assignment traveling to top ranked, three time defending state champ in class 2, Lamar.  The Tigers scored early and often, and might have scored a couple more as I typed up this blog.  Final score: Lamar 72, Butler 0.  The Bears have now failed to score in the past three weeks, and are giving up more points with each passing week….both bothersome trends.
WEMO Standings:
Cass-Midway Vikings (5-0, 5-0)
Osceola Indians (4-1, 3-1)
Rich Hill Tigers (2-3, 2-1)
Adrian Blackhawks (3-2, 2-2)
Drexel Bobcats (2-3, 2-3)
Archie Whirlwinds (0-4, 0-4)
Appleton City Bulldogs (0-5, 0-4)

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