Cardinals defeat Southern Cloud 44-24
After losing their first game of the season the week prior, the Wetmore Cardinals were looking to pick up a win at their first home game of the season on Friday, Sept. 7. The first half was slow moving for Wetmore, but they fought back in the second half and picked up the 44-24 win.
“I can’t say enough about our efforts the second half,” said Head Coach Rick Schnacker. “We had too many mistakes and turnovers in the first half. Our defense and special teams let us down as well. But these young men bonded together and put together a tremendous second half of football. Our offense played more consistently and our defense played more disciplined and made some big plays and had some big stops. These boys put together an outstanding second half of football and I am very proud of the efforts.”
Southern Cloud got on the board first with a touchdown, followed by a two-point conversion in the first quarter. They extended their lead in the second with two additional touchdowns, with each touchdown followed by two-point conversions. Wetmore finally got on the board in the second quarter with senior Joel Hutfles scoring on a 34-yard run. The extra point failed. At the end of the first half the score was 24-6, Southern Cloud.
The Cardinals stepped it up in the third quarter, scoring three touchdowns. The first was an 11-yard run by Hutfles, and two touchdowns by sophomore Kael McQueen — one a 36-yard reception and the second a 52-yard reception. Wetmore’s defense held Southern Cloud scoreless and at the end of three, the Cardinals led 28-24.
Wetmore kept the momentum going in the final quarter, holding Southern Cloud scoreless again, while they managed to score two more touchdowns — a 7-yard run and a 16-yard run, both by Hutfles. They also made good on both two point conversions. Wetmore won their first game 44-24.
Even though the team pulled through in the second half and managed to get a win under their belts, Schnacker said they took a step forward, but there are still things that need to be worked on.
“We have some things we need to continue to work on but we took a major step forward,” he said. “We need to continue to improve and prepare for our next game. These boys have much to be proud of after tonight’s game, this was a great team effort along with some great individual performances.”
The Cardinals will welcome Blue Valley on Friday, Sept. 14, for their homecoming game.