West Hancock cages Wolves in first round

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Just before halftime the Wolves were down, but not completely out of the game against West Hancock.

It wasn’t until a late interception in the second quarter that West Hancock was able to take the lead. That eventually propelled them to a 38-14 victory over IKM-Manning.

West Hancock started the game with a 5-play, 60-yard drive that ended in an 11-yard touchdown and two point conversion.

The Wolves later answered with their own 5-play, 72-yard drive that ended with Kyler Rasmussen running the ball in from one yard out. Following an Amos Rasmussen PAT, the Wolves trailed by one.

The Eagles would answer with a 78-yard touchdown from a kick off return to take a 16-8 lead.

The Wolves didn’t back down, and capped off a 7-play, 62-yard drive when Amos Rasmussen ran the ball in from four yards out. He then kicked the extra point and IKM-Manning trailed 16-14 with a little over five minutes left in the first half.

West Hancock would score following a 10-play, 62-yard drive. The two point conversion was good and West Hancock took a 24-14 lead.

With 82 seconds remaining in the first half the Eagles scored again. Following an IKM-Manning interception, the Eagles needed three plays that covered 37 yards to score, and take a 32-14 lead in the game.

For much of the second half the Wolves held the Eagles’ offense at bay. The lone exception was early in the third when West Hancock scored off a 72-yard run to take a 38-14 lead in the game.

Beside the scoreboard, the game was very close between the two teams. West Hancock had more first downs (15 to !0) than IKM-Manning. They also out gained the Wolves 372 to 281. All 372 yards for the Eagles came from rushing the ball.

IKM-Manning had 108 passing yards and 173 rushing yards.

Nolan Ramsey completed eight of his 14 passes for 108 yards. He was intercepted three times. Kyler Rasmussen attempted a pass, but it fell incomplete.

Kyler Rasmussen accounted for 110 yards rushing the ball on Friday night. He had 21 carries, and a touchdown. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry. Amos Rasmussen finished with 57 rushing yards, and a touchdown. He had 14 carries for 4.1 yards per carry.

Parker Behrens and Colten Brandt, both seniors for the Wolves, combined for four carries and six total yards. Both runners had three yards each.

Amos Rasmussen led the Wolves with three catches for 40 yards. Brandt added three catches for 36 yards.

Kyler Rasmussen hauled in one catch for 20 yards. Behrens finished with one catch for 12 yards.

Brandt led the Wolves with eight total tackles. Kyler Rasmussen and Cooper Irlmeier both finished with six tackles each. Drew Doyel finished with 5.5 tackles. Another 3.5 tackles were turned in by Amos Rasmussen and Mitchell Kerkhoff each.

Grant Behrens had one fumble recovery, although it did not result in any yards.

Parker Behrens, Doyel and Ramsey combined for five kickoff returns for 48 total yards. There was just one punt recorded in the contest.

The Wolves finished the season winning six of their last seven contests and a 6-4 overall record.

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