Fairfield Ledger

Mt. Pleasant News   Wash Journal
Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 17, 2018

Van Buren defeats Cardinal 24-12

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Aug 30, 2017

ELDON – Cardinal hosted Van Buren Friday in both teams’ opening game of the 2017 varsity football season.

The Warriors won the close contest 24-12.

Van Buren stats

Van Buren scored three rushing touchdowns, and after each one completed a two-point conversion. Greg Wenke ran for two of the touchdowns while Conner Helling ran for the other one. Helling scored one of the team’s two-point conversions. Donny Roberts earned the other two.

Wenke went 4-9 in passing for 38 yards. JT Metcalf caught all four of those passes.

The ground game was divided fairly evenly between Wenke, Roberts and Helling. Wenke rushed for 189 yards on 15 carries, good for an astounding 12.6 yards per carry. Helling averaged 5.6 yards per carry and finished with 101. Roberts gained 51 yards on 13 tries.

Wenke not only led the team in passing and rushing yards, he also led the Warriors on the defensive side of the ball with five tackles. To top it off, he also intercepted a pass. Tayton Bartholomew was next in line in the tackle department with 4.5. Metcalf had four. Tony Davison, Aiden Franklin and Tommy Laughlin each had 3.5.

Also recording tackles were Mitch Adkins, Treyton Bainbridge, Preston Buss, Andrew Fitzsimmons, Ty Hamburg, Helling, Roberts, Dalton Schmitt, Jaxon Thomas and Cole Troutman.

Wenke is also the team’s punter. He punted the ball six times for 205 yards, an average of 34.2 yards per kick. His longest punt was 43 yards.

Warrior coach Mike Hurley referred to Wenke as a “big kid with a big heart” who gives 100 percent effort on every play.

“He’s a great leader, and I’m happy he’s our quarterback this year,” Hurley said.

Hurley said that Wenke, Helling and Roberts all had good games thanks in part to the terrific blocking from the linemen.

“They made the holes and our backs ran through them,” said the coach.

Among the members of Van Buren’s frontline are Mason Thomas, Luke Baker, Jeremiah Baker and Trystan Rysdam.

The Warriors next test will be a home tilt against New London. Hurley said the Tigers are fleet of foot, which will test the Warriors’ speed.


Cardinal stats

Cardinal scored both its touchdowns through the air. Kade Chance caught a 40-yard touchdown pass, and Gabe Reyes caught one from 12 yards out.

Quarterback Trey Albert went 9-24 in the air, averaging 8.3 yards per completion. Chance caught five passes for 55 yards. Reyes caught three for 19 yards, and Noel Martinez caught one for 1 yard.

Reyes was the team’s leading rusher, picking up 107 yards on 14 carries. Albert gained 43 yards on seven attempts. Chance had 2 yards.

Chance and Devon Danger were the two juggernauts in the defensive backfield. Danger led the team with eight tackles, one for a loss, while Chance had six. Max Betancourt had 4.5 tackles. Reyes and Albert each recorded three.

Also recording tackles for Cardinal were Jarrett Greiner, Jarrett Knights, Martinez, Austin Porter, Dagisteno Shilling, Magnus Thunderhawk and Tristan Verrips.

The Comets’ next contest is on the road Friday at Southeast Warren in Liberty Center.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.