WHITMIRE — The Whitmire High School Wolverines took on the Great Falls High School Red Devils in their first home game of the season, and gave the home crowd a victory, defeating the Red Devils 26-16.
Head Coach Charlie Jenkins said in comparing this game to last week’s game against Wagner-Salley, the Wolverines played an opponent that was like them in regards to personnel.
“Great Falls was bigger than us, but at least they were not as fast as Wagener. Wagener’s speed just makes everything happen too fast,” he said.
The first quarter ended 0-0, but the second quarter took off running when Jaylen Brown ran 40 yards for the first touchdown of the night with 11:47 on the clock. The PAT was unsuccessful and the Wolverines took the lead 6-0.
The Wolverines increased that lead with seven minutes left on the clock when Bailey Holloman passed to Brown for another Wolverine touchdown. Once again the PAT was unsuccessful and the Wolverines lead increased to 12-0.
With four minutes left on the clock, Kyle Hunt gave the Wolverines another touchdown, but the PAT was again unsuccessful and the Wolverines were ahead 18-0.
The Wolverines were unable to keep the Red Devils from scoring. With less than a minute to go in the second quarter the Red Devils scored and with a successful two-point conversion, the first half ended 18-8.
In the fourth quarter the Wolverines scored another touchdown and had a successful two-point conversion, taking the score to 26-8.
Despite the best efforts of the Wolverines, the Red Devils managed to score on a fourth down with only three minutes on the clock. They also successfully made a two-point conversion. The final score was 26-16.
Jenkins said the MVPs were Bailey Holloman, Quentin Aughtry, Chandley Crumley and Jaylen Brown.
During this game there were a number of penalty flags, especially in the second quarter. Jenkins attributed that to it being week one of the season.
“Both teams have a lot of new players who have not played varsity football before. Players get tired and they cannot think straight sometimes,” he said.
This week the Wolverines will take on Ridge Spring-Monetta. Jenkins said they will be a stout challenge.
“They are going to be big and strong and fast and they play a physical and disciplined brand of football. Coach Lipsey does a great job with those guys,” he said.
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