The Manawa Wolves varsity football team began their 2010 season with a hard-fought 15-13 win over the Marion/Tigerton Thundercatz in a game that was extremely physical.
“Even with a small team and a small number of players out, we did well against Marion/Tigerton in what turned out to be a very physical game,” said Coach Bob Sell. “Marion/Tigerton lost a few players to injuries during the game, but we were fortunate that none of our players got beat up too badly. It was a very tough game.”
The Wolves went on to face Oostburg on Friday, Sept. 3. The two teams had met in a scrimmage this fall, and Coach Sell said he liked his team’s chances going into the game, but the offensive scheme was hampered after a Manawa fullback came up injured just before the game began.
“We were ahead 15-14 after a very exciting first half,” Sell said. “In the second half, we failed to make tackles and didn’t make plays. We gave up 30 points in the second half. We have to improve on that next week against Stevens Point Pacelli.”
Rayson Mann caught an 82-yard touchdown pass from quarterback David Sell on the first play of the game, running past the safety to score. Jestin Heimbruch also had a great night for Manawa, returning a kick 88 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to keep Manawa within six points going into the fourth quarter. Heimbruch had three touchdowns in the game, but the Wolves lost by a final score of 28-44.
“We were only down six points at the end of the third quarter, but Oostburg kicked a field goal to start the fourth quarter and we couldn’t catch back up,” Sell stated. “We did a good job on some plays, but we will need to get better against Stevens Point Pacelli.”