Wolverines football team defeats Turks

  • Tue Sep 25th, 2018 11:00am
  • Sports

By Mike Martin

Sports reporter

“That was some old-school football,” Sultan football coach Jim Wright said after his Turks fell to the Friday Harbor Wolverines 8-6 on Friday, Sept. 21 in Friday Harbor. “It was a very physical game,” he added. “A real slobber-knocker.”

Friday Harbor scored first on an Emeron Geiser touchdown early in the first quarter. With kicker Milo Geiser sidelined with an injury the Wolverines converted the 2-point attempt giving the home team an 8-0 lead. The scoring drive would be all that the Wolverines would need or could muster the rest of the way as Emeron Geiser was held under 100 yards rushing for the first time in 2018.

The Turks spent much of the evening in Wolverines territory only to be repeatedly left empty-handed. “We had numerous scoring opportunities,” lamented Weight. “We just didn’t execute in the red zone and they did.”

As one might expect, on a soaking wet night, the story of the game was defense. Neither team was able to get a ground game going. The Wolverine defense shut down the visitor’s rushing attack in the first half so the Sultans took to the air. However, the Turks quarterback completed as many passes to Wolverines players as he did his own team finishing the night going 3-19 for 26 yards and three interceptions.

“Our secondary was stellar,” says assistant coach Rob Walters.

Jordan Lawson had two interceptions including one in the end zone to turn away a Sultan player. Brian Wolf picked off a Sultan with a diving interception in addition to three passes that he batted down.

Weston Swirtz and Emeron Geiser were the top Wolverine defenders with 11 tackles apiece with three of Swirtz’s stops in the Turks’ backfield including a sack. Gavin Mason and Austin Wynne had eight tackles each.

The Wolverines defense ran their scoreless streak to 12 quarters before the Turks scored a late touchdown. Their 2-point conversion came up inches short. The visitors mounted one final scoring threat but the Wolverine secondary was, again, up to the task batting down four pass attempts in the final minute.

Friday Harbor Wolverines open league play on the road in Concrete on Friday, Sept. 28. The game can be listened to live on fhTinyRadio.com. The pregame show begins at 5:30 p.m. with kickoff at 6 p.m.

 

Staff photos/ Tate Thomson

Staff photos/ Tate Thomson

Staff photos/ Tate Thomson

Staff photos/ Tate Thomson

Staff photos/ Tate Thomson

Staff photos/ Tate Thomson

Staff photos/ Tate Thomson

Staff photos/ Tate Thomson

Staff photos/ Tate Thomson

Staff photos/ Tate Thomson

Contributed photo/ John Stimpson
                                Wolverine No. 41 Emeron Geiser seaches for a hole.

Contributed photo/ John Stimpson Wolverine No. 41 Emeron Geiser seaches for a hole.

Contributed photo/John Stimpson
                                After receiving a pass, Emeron Geiser takes off on a big yard gain.

Contributed photo/John Stimpson After receiving a pass, Emeron Geiser takes off on a big yard gain.

Contributed photo/John Stimpson
                                The first score of the night came from Wolverine running back Emeron Geiser. The Wolverines were successful in converting the after point to a 2-point run.

Contributed photo/John Stimpson The first score of the night came from Wolverine running back Emeron Geiser. The Wolverines were successful in converting the after point to a 2-point run.

Contributed photo/John Stimpson
                                Early in the first quarter No. 22 Kyson Jackson received a pass and ran for a big gain, carrying the defender with him.

Contributed photo/John Stimpson Early in the first quarter No. 22 Kyson Jackson received a pass and ran for a big gain, carrying the defender with him.

Contributed photo/John Stimpson
                                Many happy faces for the win.

Contributed photo/John Stimpson Many happy faces for the win.