By Andy Krutsinger,
Mt. Pleasant News
WINFIELD ? The Winfield-Mt. Union football team had all kinds of trouble sticking with a high-octane English Valleys team on Friday night. The Bears toppled the Wolves 74-18 in W-MU?s home opener, bumping the Wolves to 0-2 to start the season.
W-MU scored a couple of times early on, but the Bears ran away in the second half. E-V led 24-12 after the first quarter and 36-12 at the break, eventually hitting the running clock in the third quarter.
Despite the loss, W-MU did have some good news as starting quarterback Daunte Oepping was able to shake off last week?s injury and start behind center. He went 5-16 for 41 yards and one interception in the loss.
The big plays of the day came on special teams. Brandon Snowden, who brought one kick return to the house last week, scored two more kick return touchdowns to give the Wolves a big boost on the scoreboard. He totalled 165 kick return yards on the day.
Juanito Piper led the offense with 32 yards rushing and one touchdown on the day. Christian Gerot led the receiving core, catching three passes for 25 yards.
Piper had a big game defensively. He led the squad with 12.5 tackles and also picked up the only W-MU takeaway, picking up one fumble recovery on the night. Gerot had five tackles in the loss and both Keegan Atkinson and Chance Malone finished with 3.5.
W-MU will return home next week to face Tri-County in search of their first win in the eight-man era. The Wolves and Trojans will kick off at 7 p.m.