The Westminster Wolves could only muster up a single win last season. But so far in 2018, it has been a different story. How different? How about a 4-0 conference record, a 5A Metro 10 Conference …
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The Westminster Wolves could only muster up a single win last season. But so far in 2018, it has been a different story.
How about a 4-0 conference record, a 5A Metro 10 Conference lead, and a four-game winning streak?
In Boulder, the Panthers (2-3, 2-2 in conference) were just a team in the 4-1 Wolves’ way Sept. 21, and it showed via a 40-0 smacking.
It only took three plays for the Boulder offense to get Westminster into business. An interception by senior cornerback Daniel Marrujo on the first pass attempt of the game put the Wolves at the Panther 19-yard line. Three plays later, senior running back Tanner Sisco punched in his first TD of four on the night.
The offensive line for the Wolves and a variety of athletes in the backfield had the Boulder defense confused and defeated from the beginning. In the first quarter, scores on the first three drives put the game at a 21-0 margin before the end of the frame. Finally, on the fourth drive, Boulder earned a stop, but that 21-point lead was more than enough for this aggressive defensive unit that allows just nine points per game in conference play.
“Let me tell you what, they come after you, and hit you,” Westminster Head Coach Kerry Denison said. “They are physical, and coach (Tom) Baum (defensive coordinator) has just done a phenomenal job prepping them all week. That is a good defense, and it is hard for the opponent to win a game when you shut them out.”
Only giving up 114 total yards on 39 plays (2.9 yards per play), the Westy defense shut down Boulder, especially in the second half on 12 plays for 31 yards (2.6 YPP). That defense combined with an enforcing running attack offensively make them hard to beat when everything is clicking.
“They (offensive group) want to win. They will do anything for each other to make this offense go, coach (Greg) Mattei (offensive coordinator) has installed a great unit, and it’s amazing to watch what these kids have been doing,”
With 339 yards on 52 carries, (6.5 yards per carry), nine ball carriers touched the ball in the backfield for the road team, led by Sisco’s nine carries and 130 yards. Seniors Anthony Reiman (57 yards), Miguel Villalobos (45 yards), Nic Lopez (33 yards) and junior Romeo Rodriguez (36 yards) contributed in big plays for the running game. Rodriguez showed confidence and patience behind center going 4-for-8 with 87 yards on two TD’s. The two receivers on the scores were senior Matt Harris (two catches for 61 yards on the night) for 37 yards and Villalobos from eight yards out.
“I thought it was the best game he (Rodriguez) has played so far this year. He threw the ball well, ran the ball well and I think he is finally taking that leadership role.”
The Wolves will prepare Sept. 28 at Adams 50 Stadium for potentially their most exciting homecoming game in years. With Denver East (4-1, 4-0 in conference) up next, first place will be on the line for two teams peaking at the right time.
“I’ve told them each week is a different chapter. We just finished chapter four, and the next chapter is homecoming. You guys write your own story.”
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