JV Pounds Salem, 42-14

John Engebretson

The JV Wildcats once again got off to a fast start on Thursday night against Plymouth Salem with a 13 play opening drive that was capped off by a 14 yard touchdown run by Bill Ullle.  Prior to that, the Wildcats moved the ball 60+ yards on a series of runs by Jalen Ward, Zach Siriani, Ryan Moore and receptions by Moore and Adam Tobias.  This was just the beginning as the Wildcats would score on their first 4 possessions of the game running out to a 28-0 lead.

The Wildcats second possession was a quick one as Zach Siriani caught a screen pass on the second play of the drive and raced 60 yards for the touchdown and a 14-0 lead.  Siriani would recover a fumble on the next Rocks possession and after two nice catches and runs by Jack Pinkerton for 55 yards,  Jalen Ward ran the ball the last 3 yards for a 21-0 lead.

Salem would fumble again and the opportunistic Wildcats struck quickly on a 40 yard hook and ladder from Ulle to Tobias to Ward and a 28-0 lead.  The teams traded possessions and based on strong defensive plays by Wojtylo, Caleb Wright, Sirini and company, the score remained 28-0 until the last Wildcat possession of the first half.

With the Wildcats on the 40 yard line, they put together a another quick strike drive led by long gains by Ward and a 5 yard touchdown run by Siriani just before the half, extending the lead to 35-0 at the half.

The Rocks seemed rejuvenated after half time and quickly marched the ball down the field to the Novi 2 yard line and if not for a touchdown saving tackle by Brendan Smythe would have been on the board.  Instead, the Wildcats defense stiffened and stuffed the Rocks on 4th down thus taking over on downs.  This time the Wildcats only needed one play to score as Ward scampered 97 yards for the touchdown and a 42-0 lead.  Salem would add two late touchdowns to cut the final score to 42-14.

Once again, the Novi offensive line of Connor Howell, Dorian Haney, Jared Engebretson, Joey Haddad and Andy Wilchynski completely dominated the opposing team’s defense, providing the QB with the protection necessary to throw the ball and creating huge holes for the running backs.

The defensive line of Howell, Wilchynski, Engebretson and Jalen Ward was equally impressive harassing Salem’s QB all game and leaving little room for the Rocks backs to run.