The Chiefs hosted the Wolves on Friday, Aug. 31, and Manawa came up on the short end of a 36-18 final score.
The Chiefs scored eight in the first quarter and exploded for 22 points in the second quarter to take a 30-0 lead into halftime.
Manawa answered with a touchdown in the third quarter and added 12 points in the fourth quarter, while the Chiefs scored one touchdown. The late rally wasn’t enough to bring the Wolves within striking distance of the Chiefs.
Donny Sell threw a touchdown pass to Drew Meyer, while Logan Hass ran for 114 yards on 29 carries with two touchdowns. Garret Griffin added 68 yards on 17 carries for the Wolves, who earned 200 yards on the ground and 28 through the air. The wolves fumbled four times and lost two of those fumbles, while also having one pass intercepted.
The Chiefs earned 233 yards on 38 carries, while passing for 50 yards on six completions with no interceptions. The Chiefs had no turnovers in the game.
Manawa’s three turnovers proved to be costly, as two of them resulted in short touchdown drives for Shiocton, leading to 16 points.
“Shiocton made very few mistakes and capitalized on the mistakes we made,” said Coach Bob Sell. “It was a hard hitting game. If we the Wolves can play mistake free football we can play with any team.
“We need to work harder in practice and pay closer attention to detail. I believe this team has the potential to win some football games,” said Sell. “Hopefully we can win four conference games and maybe get a second shot at Shiocton in the playoffs.
“One of these nights were going to get some breaks and have a little luck on our side a win one of these big games,” stated Sell. “It will not be any easier this week in preparing for Pacelli on Saturday night. It is a must win game for us and I expect our team to perform and respond favorably, and minimize the distractions with return to school. We need a win against Pacelli before our first home game against Amherst, who beat Pacelli this week by a good margin.”
The Wolves play at Stevens Point Pacelli on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m.