The Manawa Wolves boys varsity football team encountered a much larger, more experienced football team in the Stevens Point Pacelli Cardinals on Saturday, Sept. 11.
The Wolves fell behind 27-0 at halftime and surrendered 21 more points in the second half, but showed signs of improvement as they got on the scoreboard with six points in the third quarter and eight in the fourth quarter.
Jestin Heimbruch scored on a nine yard run in the third quarter, while Kyler Heimbruch punched it in from four yards out in the fourth quarter. Jestin Heimbruch then ran for a successful two-point conversion.
Jestin Heimbruch ran for 33 yards in the game, while David Sell rushed for 38. David Sell also passed for 71 yards, but the Cardinals piled up 350 yards of total offense to Manawa’s 153.
“We are missing a couple starters on defense and offense-that hurt us,” said Coach Bob Sell. “We lost our nose tackle and a cornerback. We are a young team and gave them a bit of a fight but it was a game of men versus youth.
“They have a good organization and a good football team,” Sell continued. “They have some very classy players-Jozef Wojciehoski and Kamen Klasinski showed a lot of class on and off the field, and they should get recognition for that.
“Unfortunately, Pacelli just overpowered us,” Sell concluded. “We still believe we are a good team, but we have to show it on Friday nights. We will not put our heads down. Our starters will all be coming back from their injuries, and our captains will do a good job of keeping things positive. We did lots of good things against Pacelli, we just got beat.”
The Wolves will face Amherst on Friday night. Manawa will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their state championship football team at the game, along with special breast cancer awareness efforts.