Gus Hurst is pictured with the carry in the EA Wolves’ win Friday, September 13, 2019, in Tarkio.
Kaylin Merriweather makes the catch, scoring a touchdown for the Wolves. EA would go on to win their third game of the season with a score of 62-27.
For the second week in a row, the East Atchison Wolves had the hometown advantage when taking the football field, this time lit up by the Friday night lights and full moon. The Wolves faced off with the Spartans of South Holt/Nodaway-Holt on September 13, 2019, in Tarkio, improving their record to 3-0.
The Spartans won the toss and elected to receive and after a kick that went out of bounds, they started on their own 30 yard line. The Wolves’ defense held strong and forced a punt. The punt was mishandled and the fumble was recovered by the Spartans on the EA five-yard line. Four plays later they scored and kicked an extra point to light up the scoreboard first – EA 0, SH/NH 7.
Josh Smith gave the Wolves great field position on the ensuing kick-off on the 40 yard line. The first two plays from scrimmage pushed the Wolves back to their own 38. Then on third down and 12, Jake McEnaney found Ian Hedlund for a 42 yard catch to put the Wolves on the board as well. Kaylin Merriweather caught the two-point conversion attempt from McEnaney, making the score EA 8, SH/NH 7.
On the next Spartan possession, they made their way down the field in five plays to score, again kicking an extra point that moved them back out in front of the Wolves – EA 8, SH/NH 14.
The Wolves started their next drive on their own 23 yard line. McEnaney covered the distance to the goal on two runs from scrimmage, the last one a 52 yard run for the touchdown. The score became EA 14, SH/NH 14, after a failed two-point conversion.
The Wolves’ defense stalled out the next Spartan drive on the 25 yard line, turning the ball over on downs. EA quickly scored again on two plays. McEnaney found Merriweather over the middle, covering 43 yards to the end zone. The scoreboard read EA 22, SH/NH 14, after McEnaney scored the two-point conversion.
Forcing the Spartans to punt on their next offensive effort, the Wolves started their next drive on their own 15 yard line. Two plays later McEnaney hit Hedlund again for a touchdown. Gus Hurst caught the pass from McEnaney for the two-point conversion to make the score EA 30, SH/NH 14.
The Spartans scored on their next offensive possession, but the point after the touchdown failed, making the score EA 30, SH/NH 20.
On their own 36 yard line, the Wolves moved the ball down the field, getting two first downs off of Spartan penalties. Hedlund covered the last 15 yards when he hauled in McEnaney’s pass. The two-point conversion was good, making the score EA 38, SH/NH 20. That would end the first half of play.
East Atchison started the second half on offense. In five plays, the Wolves again found the end zone on a pass from McEnaney to Hedlund to make the score EA 46, SH/NH 20. McEnaney ran the two-point conversion in.
Turning the ball over on downs, the Spartans gave the ball to the Wolves on their own 26 yard line. On a 10 play drive, McEnaney threw Hedlund his fifth touchdown of the night. Hurst caught the two-point conversion attempt from McEnaney to make the score EA 54, SH/NH 20.
The last scoring drive for the Wolves started on their own 12 yard line. Briacin Bywater covered the distance in two runs from scrimmage. The second was 60 yards to pay dirt. The two-point conversion was good to make the score EA 62, SH/NH 20.
The Spartans didn’t fade away, but made the final score of the evening and successfully kicking the P.A.T., ending the game EA 62, SH/NH 27.
The Wolves travel to DeKalb this Friday, September 20, with football action to begin at 7:00 p.m.