Last Home League Game Punctuated With Win

06/23/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Brett Lovekamp ran wild and the WolfPack defense rose up when needed to give Springfield a 49-34 win over the Omaha Extreme in their last home league game Saturday night.

Lovekamp took advantage of perfect blocking to score on kick returns of 45 and 46 yards while adding a TD run of two yards and a reception from QB Chris Glenn from 16 yards to lead the offensive attack for the WolfPack.

The defense was the star of the first quarter and a half however, as they shut down a potent Omaha defense that would eventually tally 203 total yards.

The WolfPack took an early 22-0 lead as the defense stopped Omaha‘s first three possessions cold. Meanwhile, the Springfield offense was nearly perfect in the first half as they scored on their first four drives including a pair of TD passes by Glenn to Lovekamp and Charlie Cloud (12 yards on fourth down). Troy McMain (4-27, 1 TD) capped an 8-play opening salvo that set the tone for an early 29-8 lead that would hold up.

Omaha made a game of it by scoring on the last drive of the first half and the first drive of the second half. After a Terry Evans interception, QB Chris Bradford (10/16-129-2 TD-1 INT) scored from 1 yard out with no time remaining to make the score at the break 29-14. He then hit Jared Bell from six yards away, topping off the initial 6-play drive in the third quarter to close the gap to 29-20.

But Lovekamp electrified the crowd and dampened the spirits of the Extreme by returning the kickoff 45 yards, and the WolfPack kept pace from there. Winston Grimes got a huge hole from his front line to ramble 16 yards for a deal clinching TD in the fourth.

The WolfPack will end their regular season schedule at 5-6 as they pick up a forfeit win from Missouri this week. A playoff destination will not be known until a first place team is determined in the APFL during the next two weeks. With a last-second win over Kansas 38-35 last week, the Conroe Storm are in the drivers seat. Kansas has 2 losses while Iowa has 3. Iowa and Kansas still have games with Conroe remaining.

 

BOX SCORE

Springfield
7
22
7
13
-
49
Omaha
0
14
6
14
-
34
WolfPack
Extreme
1st Down
10
10
3rd Down Conv.
1 of 6
2 of 8
4th Down Conv.
4 of 5
1 of 3
Rush
23 for 98
25 for 74
Pass
5 of 12 for 76
10 of 16 for 129
Total Yards
174
203
Turnovers
1
2
Penalties
2/15
4/40
Time Of Possession
N/A
N/A

 

RUSHING:

Springfield: Troy McMain 4-27 1 TD (4), Lee Coleman 6-27-0, Winston Grimes 3-21-1 TD (16), Derron Dixon 4-19-0, Michael Ugolini 1-4-0, Brett Lovekamp 1-2-1 TD (2), Chris Glenn 4-(-2)-0.

Omaha: Chris Bradford 12-45-2 TD (1, 18), Javon Hobson 11-25-0, Mike Carawell 2-4-0.

PASSING:

Springfield: Chris Glenn 5/11-76-2 TD 1 Int, Aaron Hobson 0/1-0-0.

Omaha: Chris Bradford 10/16-129-2 TD-1 INT.

RECEIVING

Springfield: Brett Lovekamp 3-58-1 TD (16), Charlie Cloud 2-18-1 TD (12). Omaha Todd Hansen 5-58-0, Mike Carawell 3-44-0, Jared Bell 3-27-2 TD (15, 6).

KICKING:

Springfield: Chris Shiraito FG 0/1, PAT 5/6

Omaha: Todd Hansen FG 0/1 PAT 0/2

INTERCEPTIONS:

Springfield: Johnathan Frasier.

Omaha: Terry Evans

DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RECOVERIES:

Springfield: Michael Jones

Kick Return TD:

Springfield: Brett Lovekamp 2 (45,46)

 

WolfPack Gun Down Minutemen

06/16/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - The steady improvement of the Springfield WolfPack over the course of the season showed Saturday night as they gunned down the Missouri Minutemen 59 - 14 in front of a packed home crowd. The Minutemen (who had defeated the WolfPack 33-32 in the second game of the season) were a shell of their former selves and only able to stop the WolfPack offense just once out of 11 drives.

T.C. Hulett put the Minutemen up 6 - 0 after a huge opening kick return put Missouri on the WolfPack 10-yard line. It was all the points they would muster until Robin Riding broke a 45-yard TD late in the game with the issue already decided. In between the two Minutemen moments, the WolfPack put on an offensive show as seven different players found the end zone.

Quarterback Chris Glenn scored twice on runs of one and six yards. He also threw a touchdown of seven yards to Charlie Cloud. Lee Coleman (3-yards), Winston Grimes (1-yard), Antonio Kelley (7-yards), Derron Dixon (5-yards) and Brett Lovekamp (5-yards) also ran for scores while Chris Shiraito added a 25-yard field goal and newcomer Ramone Bates sacked Missouri quarterback Singa Dua in the end zone for a safety.

Bates was one of several defensive stand-outs for the WolfPack, adding seven tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery to his first game stats. Brandon Hobson added an interception as well.

But the moment of the evening came with the WolfPack leading 18-6 in the second quarter when Head Coach Terry Edwards put himself into the game for the first time this year and immediately picked off Dua, returning 17-yards to the Minutemen 13.

“I wanted to play with the guys one more time,” said Edwards. “If you’ve noted, our progress through the season has been nothing but up. Today we solidified number four (for the playoffs).”

The WolfPack improved to 3-6 on the season and will finish their regularly scheduled home season against the Omaha Extreme next weekend. Missouri fell to 1 - 7 with the loss.

 

BOX SCORE

Springfield
12
19
14
14
-
59
Missouri
6
0
0
8
-
14
WolfPack
Minutemen
1st Down
8
8
3rd Down Conv.
4 of 7
1 of 7
4th Down Conv.
2 of 2
2 of 6
Rush
25 for 105
26 for 101
Pass
6 of 11 for 33
5 of 17 for 55
Total Yards
138
156
Turnovers
1
3
Penalties
2/10
3/15
Time Of Possession
N/A
N/A

 

RUSHING:

Springfield: Chris Glenn 7-30-2TD (1,6), Lee Coleman 7-27 1TD (3), Brett Lovekamp 2-23-1TD (5), Antonio Kelley 1-7-1TD (7), Troy McMain 2-6-0, Winston Grimes 3-5-1TD (1), Derron Dixon 2-4-1TD(5), Ron Robinson 1-3-0.

Missouri: Robin Riding 6-37-1TD (45), T.C.Hulett 11-32-1TD (3), Singa Dua 9-32-0.

PASSING:

Springfield: Chris Glenn 6/11-33-1TD (7) 1 INT.

Missouri: Singa Dua 5-16-55-0TD-2 INT, Robin Riding 0/1-0-0-0.

RECEIVING:

Springfield: Charlie Cloud 2-14-1TD (7), Michael Ugolini 1-10-0, Lee Coleman 1-6-0, Brett Lovekamp 1-3-0.

Missouri: Robin Riding 2-28-0, T.C.Hulett 1-21-0, Eric Smith 1-9-0, Travis Brown 1-(-3)-0.

KICKING:

Springfield: Chris Shiraito FG 1/1 (25), PAT 6/8

Missouri: FG 0/0, PAT 0/0

2-POINT CON:

Missouri: Dua pass to Wolfey

INTERCEPTIONS:

Springfield: Terry Edwards, Brandon Hobson

Missouri: Eric Smith

DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RECOVERIES:

Springfield: Ramone Bates

 

Blackhawks Unstoppable In Win Over WolfPack

06/09/07 - COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - The Iowa Blackhawks scored on all but the last of their nine possessions Saturday night, gaining a convincing 56 - 16 win over the underpowered Springfield WolfPack. Only the final gun kept the Blackhawks from offensive perfection as they rolled up over 300 yards of offense, led by Steve Rush.

Rush scored almost every way he could, including touchdown receptions of 12 and 15 yards, a rushing TD worth 20 yards, and a 45-yard field goal return. Rush finished with 20 yards rushing and 35 yards receiving.

George Patterson ran for 37 yards and two Iowa touchdowns. Quarterback Chuck Wright passed for 188 yards and two TD’s while running for another.

The Blackhawks led 30 - 0 late in the second quarter before Chris Shiraito could erase the goose egg for the WolfPack with a 34-yard field goal. It wasn’t until the last play of the third quarter that the Wolfpack got the offense rolling when Chris Glenn ran one in from 11 yards out to make it 50 - 10.

Quarterback Aaron Hobson replaced Glenn in the fourth quarter and ended up leading the team in passing with 31 yards and a touchdown to Brett Lovekamp, who stole a 24-yard dying quail from two defenders in the end zone with 3:06 remaining in the contest.

Springfield was led on the ground by Troy McMain with 44 yards rushing, while Lovekamp led the WolfPack receiving core with 34 yards.

The Blackhawks improved to 6 - 1 on the season while the WolfPack fell to 2 - 6. Springfield still has a realistic shot at the playoffs however, as they host the Missouri Minutemen and the Omaha Extreme over the next two weeks at Jordan Valley Ice Park.

 

Kansas Koyotes K.O. Improving Springfield WolfPack

06/04/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Springfield’s fledgling indoor football team has shown obvious improvement during their freshman year of organized league play, and last Saturday night was no exception. But Kansas showed the young pups they still have some growing to do as they distanced themselves from the WolfPack in the first half and then held on for a 56 - 26 APFL win.

The Koyotes opened with 20 straight points behind a pair of three yard Donnell Smith (7-27-3 TD) touchdowns sandwiched around a nine yard pass from Chris Coffin to Donva Louder, and it looked for a moment like Kansas might be on their way to a repeat of their 49 - 2 thrashing of the WolfPack last month.

But the maturing Springfieldians showed that they were not about to call it a day as quarterback Chris Glenn (12-44, 2 TD) broke a bootleg 25 yards to cut the lead to 20 - 6.

Trailing 26 - 6, the WolfPack scored when Glenn (4/12, 20 yards, 1 TD, 2 Int) found Charlie Cloud (3-17, 1 TD) over the middle, and Chris Shiraito’s extra point made it 26 - 14. It looked like Springfield might cut it even closer when Michael Jones stepped in front of a Coffin pass and carried it back 42 yards to the Koyote’s 3-yard line.

But Kansas stiffened defensively, and a missed exchange from center on fourth and goal from the two spoiled the chance for a score. The miscue led to a monumental shift in moment for the Koyotes. They immediately marched 44 yards the other way for a Gary Helms (6-17, 1 TD) touchdown, then added another score as time expired in the first half after a batted interception by Rodney Fowler gave the ball to Kansas on the WolfPack 1-yard line.

The 42 - 13 half time score was too much for the WolfPack to overcome against the four time defending APFL champions, but Springfield played well in the second half. The WolfPack matched Kansas score for score in the second half, adding a nine-yard scamper by Lee Coleman and a Glenn run of five yards to their offensive totals.

Kansas improves to 5 - 1 with the win while the WolfPack fall to 2 - 5 but still hold the all-important 4th spot in the playoff picture going into this weekend’s tilt at Iowa.

 

BOX SCORE

Springfield
6
7
7
6
-
26
Kansas
20
22
7
7
-
56
WolfPack
Koyotes
1st Down
7
14
3rd Down Conv.
3 of 7
4 of 7
4th Down Conv.
1 of 5
0 of 1
Rush
29 for 73
17 for 79
Pass
4 of 12 for 20
13 of 29 for 182
Total Yards
93
261
Turnovers
3
3
Penalties
7/36
11/85
Time Of Possession
N/A
N/A

 

RUSHING:

Springfield: Chris Glenn 12-44-2 TD (25, 5), Winston Grimes 4-12-0, Derron Dixon 2-7-0, Lee Coleman 3-4-1 TD (9), Troy McMain 5-3-0, Michael Ugolini 1-3-0, Antonio Kelley 2-0-0.

Kansas: Donnell Smith 7-27-3 TD (3,3,3), Chris Coffin 4-35-1 TD (1), Gary Helms 6-17-1 TD (1).

PASSING:

Springfield: Chris Glenn 4/12, 20-1 TD, 2 INT.

Kansas: Chris Coffin 13/29-182-3 TD-2 INT.

RECEIVING:

Springfield: Charlie Cloud 3-17-1 TD (7), Brett Lovekamp 1-3-0.

Kansas: Donva Louder 6-75-2 TD (9,23), Justin Wrecke 4-64-0, Dwayne Allen 3-35-1 TD (2), Donnell Smith 1-8-0.

KICKING:

Springfield: Chris Shiraito PAT 2/4.

Kansas: Abby Vestal 2/4.

INTERCEPTIONS:

Springfield: Michael Jones, Shawn Nevills (2)

Kansas: Brooke Myers, Rodney Fowler.

DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RECOVERIES:

Kansas: Tim Shockley

 

Lost Opportunities By WolfPack Help Blackhawks Win

05/26/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO (Updated stats 5/31/07) - For the WolfPack, taking advantage of every opportunity given to them by the Iowa Blackhawks would be critical to winning the game. Although the Springfield (2-4) defense held Iowa (3-2) to just 171 yards of offense, short fields afforded by five Wolfpack turnovers and great special teams play helped the Blackhawks secure a 48-14 win at Jordan Valley Ice Park Saturday night.

The Wolfpack squandered an early opportunity when Michael Jones caught the opening kick off on a line drive at the Blackhawk 9 yard line but couldn't score. Iowa quarterback Chuck Wright (10/14, 84 yards, 2 TD) drove the Blackhawks to the WolfPack 2, where Elija Simmons dove in for a 7 - 0 lead.

A safety and touchdown passes of 8 yards to Ryan Kauffman and 23 yards to Steve Rush extended the lead to 23-0, and a 4-yard run by Kurt Ferguson made it four straight scoring drives for Iowa.

The WolfPack defense finally came alive and played outstanding defense for the remainder of the contest, limiting Iowa to just 2 offensive TD's in the last 2-1/5 quarters. The shift started on the last play of the first half when WolfPack quarterback Chris Glenn (7/20, 78 yards, 1 TD, 4 Int.) put a huge hit on Iowa defensive back Dontae Allen at the goal line after an interception. Glenn slammed Allen into the side wall inches from scoring to keep the score 29-0.

It looked for a moment at the start of the second half like the WolfPack might turn the tables. They grabbed some momentum on a fumble recovery by Jarrett Shuey, marching 36 yards on eight plays (capped by a Ron Robinson plunge of 1 yard) to cut the lead to 29-7. But Iowa's Steve Rush stole it all back with a 49-yard kick return on the ensuing kick-off, and the WolfPack were never able to recover.

Iowa outgained Springfield by 42 yards (129-171), but five WolfPack turnovers vs two for the Blackhawks proved to be a big difference.

 

BOX SCORE

Springfield
0
0
7
7
-
14
Iowa
16
13
13
6
-
48
WolfPack
Blackhawks
1st Down
8
10
3rd Down Conv.
6 of 10
5 of 7
4th Down Conv.
0 of 3
1 of 1
Rush
25 for 51
19 for 87
Pass
7 of 21 for 78
10 of 15 for 84
Total Yards
129
171
Turnovers
5
2
Penalties
6/25
8/47
Time Of Possession
N/A
N/A

 

RUSHING:

Springfield: Chris Glenn 16-35-1 TD (6), Troy McMain 5-18-0, Ron Robinson 1-1-1 TD (1), Winston Grimes 2-0-0, Antonio Kelly 1-(-1)-0, Lee Coleman 2-(-2)-0.

Iowa: George Patterson 10-51-1 TD (2), Elijah Simmons 6-31-2 TD (2, 1), Chuck Wright 1-10-0, Kurt Ferguson 1-4-1 TD (4), Steve Rush 1-(-9)-0.

PASSING:

Springfield: Chris Glenn 7/20, 78-1 TD 4 Int, Lee Coleman 0/1, 0-0.

IOWA: Chuck Wright 10/14, 84-2 TD, Steve Rush 0/1-0-0.

RECEIVING:

Springfield: Lovekamp 4-53-0, Coleman 1-7-0, Paul Hansen 1-5-0, Charlie Cloud 1-3-0.

Iowa: Steve Rush 3-45-1 TD (23), Yano Jones 3-16-0, Georger Patterson 2-15-0, Ryan Kauffman 1-8-1 TD (8).

KICKING:

Springfield: Chris Shiraito FG 0/1, PAT 2/2

Iowa: Jerry Lakin FG 0/1, PAT 4/7

INTERCEPTIONS:

Iowa: Donte Allen 3, Dedric Washington 1

DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RECOVERIES:

Springfield: Jarrett Shuey 1, Brandon Hyder 1

Iowa Ryan Hoden 1

SAFETY:

Iowa Chris Moore

 

Super Second Half Lifts WolfPack To First APFL Win

05/12/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - There were plenty of "firsts" in the game between the Springfield WolfPack and Omaha Extreme. Both teams were looking for their first win of the season; it was the first time both teams faced each other in the APFL this season; and the first game for WolfPack newcomer Lee Coleman.

Omaha struck first and built a 9 - 0 lead on the strength of a safety and the first of three touchdown hookups between quarterback John Foresman and wide receiver Todd Hansen, and by the end of the first five minutes it looked like the WolfPack might be in for an “Extreme”-ly rough night. But Brett Lovekamp turned the first quarter around with a 51-yard kick return for a touchdown, and the WolfPack eventually went on to a 43 - 27 victory.

Lovekamp, who caught six passes good for 126 yards, was deadly for the WolfPack. He collected three touchdown receptions of 4, 25, and 41 yards, all in the span of ten minutes late in the game. Two of those passes came off the arm of Springfield QB Chris Glenn (6/15, 138 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT), but the first one came on a key halfback option thrown by Coleman. A former Springfield Rifle just picked up by the WolfPack last week, Coleman fit right in as he rushed for 22 yards on seven carries in addition to his 25-yard touchdown strike.

The WolfPack played a balanced game, getting huge contributions on defense as well as offense. After a nice 7-play, 30-yard drive topped off when Troy McMain fell on a loose ball in the end zone to knot the score at 15-all with 4:51 left in the first half, the Packs' Jonathan Frasier stepped in front of a Foresman pass and raced 22 yards to put Springfield ahead, 22-15. He also intercepted a 2nd pass ending a drive by the Extreme.

Hansen’s 3 rd TD pass with 23 ticks left made it a one point game at the break with the WolfPack leading, 22-21. Hanson finished the game with 141 yards on 16 receptions, but was stripped of the ball twice in key situations.

With the exception of a bizarre muffed field goal attempt-turned-touchdown early in the third quarter that gave the Extreme a short lived 27 - 22 lead, the Springfield defense took over. The rare play came after the Extreme were forced to try the field goal after 14 plays worth of an uphill battle against the WolfPack “D”. Holder Terry Evans couldn't get the snap down, but threw a prayer into the end zone and somehow found Jared Bell in heavy traffic.

Two fumble recoveries by Chris Forbes* and a nifty strip by Shawn Nevills covered by Eugene Walker snuffed out the next three Omaha drives, and the Extreme chances died when the WolfPack stood Omaha up on downs at the Springfield six late in the game.

The WolfPack gobbled up five Omaha turnovers, including two picks by Frasier and one by Jason Mudge. The WolfPack turned loose of one fumble on the night. Springfield, who trailed in total yards 120-55 at halftime, ended up winning that battle as well, 243-207.

With their first win the WolfPack climbs back into the playoff picture. They will actually be 2 - 3 when they pick up a forfeit win from Ft. Worth next week before coming home to face the Iowa Black Hawks Saturday, May 26 th.

(*note: A typographical error in the WSR roster listed #70 Chris Forbes as Michael Turner. When listening to the archived replay of the game, keep in mind that anytime the name Michael Turner is mentioned, it is actually Chris Forbes. )

 

BOX SCORE

Springfield
8
14
14
7
-
43
Omaha
15
6
6
0
-
27
WolfPack
Extreme
1st Down
7
12
3rd Down Conv.
2 of 7
6 of 11
4th Down Conv.
3 of 5
3 of 6
Rush
25 for 88
5 for 21
Pass
7 of 16 for 163
28 of 47 for 207
Total Yards
251
228
Turnovers
1
5
Penalties
3/20
8/119
Time Of Possession
N/A
N/A

 

RUSHING

Springfield: Winston Grimes 7-26-0, Chris Glenn 5-26-0, Lee Coleman 7-22-0, Troy McMain 5-13-1 TD, Michael Ugolini 1-1-0.

Omaha: Louis Cook 4-18-0, Chris Bradford 1-3-0.

PASSING

Springfield: Chris Glenn 6/15. 138-2 TD 0 Int, Lee Coleman 1/1, 25-1 TD, 0 Int

Omaha: John Forseman 28/47-207, 3 TD, 3 Int

RECEIVING

Springfield: Brett Lovekamp 6-126-3 TD, Charlie Cloud 1-12-0.

Omaha: Todd Hansen 16-141-3 TD, Jared Bell 7-42-0, Mike Tyner 4-21, Louis Cook 1-3

KICKING

Springfield: Chris Shiraito FG 0/1, PAT 5/6

Omaha: Mark McKinney FG 0/0 PAT 0/4

INTERCEPTIONS

Springfield: Johnathan Frasier 2, Jason Mudge 1

DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RECOVERIES

Springfield: Chris Forbes 2

Omaha: Chris Bradford

SAFETY

Springfield: Justin Yako

Omaha: Chris Bradford

 

Old Dog Teaches New Tricks To WolfPack

05/05/07 - TOPEKA, KS - Springfield’s young pups played with the big dog from Topeka for a little while, but the four time defending APFL champion Kansas Koyotes eventually grew tired of the pesky WolfPack, running off to a 49-2 win.

  After an initial touchdown scoring drive of 30 yards in 3 plays capped by the first of four Rawshawn Bland touchdowns (from 14 yards out) the WolfPack rose up defensively. Forced to kick from their own 1-yard line, Eugene Walker rushed in for the first of his four kick blocks on the night. Koyote quarterback Tyler Shuerman (5/13, 53 yards, 1 TD) scooped up the ball but couldn't escape the end zone as WolfPack linebacker Brandon Hyder recorded the safety.
Quarterback Chris Glen takes a hit from Koyotes linebacker Jovani Gonzales.

The scant 7 – 2 score held up until the beginning of the second quarter, but Kansas’ Donte Pettis swiped the ball away from Jarrett Shuey in mid stride midway through the second period, starting a string of three consecutive WolfPack turnovers that helped the Koyotes score on four straight possessions before halftime.

An interception by Kansas’ Chris White 27 seconds before the half was the second Koyote TD in 23 seconds and pretty much snuffed out the will of the WolfPack by the break as Kansas led, 31-2.

Bland finished with 33 yards on six carries. Donnell Smith did not score a TD but led all rushers with 88 yards on 8 tries. The WolfPack totaled negative three yards rushing on 11 attempts.

Kansas out-gained Springfield 180 to 50 total yards.

 

BOX SCORE

Springfield
2
0
0
0
-
2
Kansas
7
24
12
6
-
49
WolfPack
Koyotes
1st Down
4
8
3rd Down Conv.
2 of 8
3 of 8
4th Down Conv.
0 of 4
3 of 4
Rush
110 for -3
22 for 129
Pass
5 of 23 for 65
5 of 16 for 53
Total Yards
62
182
Turnovers
5
0
Penalties
7/41
15/119
Time Of Possession
N/A
N/A

RUSHING

Springfield: Winston Grimes 4-3-0, Troy McMain 2-1-0, Chris Glenn 5-(-7)-0*

Kansas: Donnell Smith 8-88-0, Rawshand Bland 6-32-4 TD, Tyler Shuerman 1-19-0, Justin Wrecke 2-13-0, Shane Miles 3-1-1 TD, Ty Broils 1-0-0, Dane Brody 1-(-26)-0 **

PASSING

Springfield: Chris Glenn 4/22, 53-0 TD, 4 INT, Brandon Hyder 1/1, 12-0 TD-0 INT

Kansas: Tyler Shuerman 5/14, 53-1 TD (17), 0 INT, Shane Miles 0/2, 0-0 TD, 0 INT

RECEIVING

Springfield: Brett Lovekamp 2-35-0, Paul Hansen 1-13-0, Chris Glenn 1-12-0, Jarrett Shuey 1-5-0.

Kansas: Ty Broils 3-25-0, Donva Louder 1-17-1 TD (17), Dwayne Allen 1-15-0.

INTERCEPTIONS

Kansas: Chris White 2 (1 TD), Rodney Fowler, Gary Freeman

DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RECOVERIES

Kansas: Donte Pettis

 

*includes sack losses

**errant field goal snap covered by Brody

 

WolfPack One Point Shy Of Perfect Home Opener

04/28/07 - SPRINGFIELD, MO - Trailing by one and with a sold-out (1100 in attendance) Jordan Valley Ice park in full howl for the WolfPack’s first-ever home game, Springfield started their final possession at their own five yard line. A quick 29-yard strike from quarterback Chris Glenn (4/8, 74 yards, 2 TD) to Charlie Cloud started the march that carried as far as the one yard line. But Glenn, who had already rushed for a team high 71 yards and two touchdowns of one and 20 yards, was stripped of the football just before crossing the goal line, and the Missouri Minutemen held on for a 33-32 thriller of a victory.

Ironically, the WolfPack had been stopped on downs at the 3-yard line on their opening possession as well, allowing the Minutemen to score first when Howard Bouldin (3-23, 1 TD) caught a six-yarder from Quarterback Chris Marmett (9/19, 93 yards, 3 TD) to cap a four play, 49 yard drive.

The WolfPack regained the lead four minutes into the second period when Glenn found Jarett Shuey alone in the end zone to make it 13-12, and that score would hold up until the second half opening kick, returned 50 yards by Missouri’s O.J. Simpson. Glenn’s 20-yard scamper around right end knotted the game at 19 with 10:50 left in the third, and the WolfPack surged ahead when Jason Mudge intercepted Marmett and set Springfield up at their own six yard line. Glenn’s second TD pass to Brett Lovekamp from eight yards away gave the WolfPack a 25 - 19 edge.

It took just five plays for Missouri to answer when Marmett found L.J. Braxton open on a 23-yard misdirection route, and the game was once again tied at 25. But on the ensuing kickoff, Lovekamp electrified the crowd with a 46-yard kick return that went from one side wall to the other along the way. Chris Shiraito tacked on the extra point to make it 32 - 25 Wolfpack at the end of three quarters.

Missouri came back with a 5-play, 25-yard drive topped off with Mike Bonner’s 5-yard catch, and a 2-point conversion run by Jason Brookins stood up as the winning difference.

Brookins led the Minutemen ground game with 70 yards on 13 carries, but Simpson led the team with 46 yards on 3 rushes, 3 catches for 30 yards, a kick return for a TD, and the big fumble recovery on defense at the end.

Glenn proved a workhorse for the WolfPack in his first start, adding 72 yards and two TD’s rushing to his passing marks. Troy McMain added 43 rushing yards on six tries, while Winston Grimes chipped in for 22 yards on eight attempts.

 

BOX SCORE

Missouri
6
6
13
8
-
33
Springfield
7
6
19
0
-
32
WolfPack
Minutemen
1st Down
12
16
3rd Down Conv.
4 of 6
3 of 9
4th Down Conv.
2 of 3
2 of 4
Rush
30 for 147
23 for 141
Pass
5 of 9 for 77
10 of 20 for 93
Total Yards
224
234
Turnovers
2
3
Penalties
4/25
8/59
Time Of Possession
N/A
N/A

 

RUSHING

Springfield: Chris Glenn 8-72-2TD, Troy McMain 6-43-0, Winston Grimes 8-22-0, Antonio Kelley 1-8-0, Brett Lovekamp 1-3-0

Missouri Jason Brookins 13-70-1TD, O.J.Simpson 3-46-0, Jerry Divelbiss 2-15-0, Chris Marmett 4-6-0, Howard Bouldin 2-4-0

PASSING:

Springfield: Chris Glenn 5/9-77-2TD (8, 29)

Missouri: Chris Marmett 9/19-93-3TD (5,6,23), Robert Scott 0/1-0-0, 1 INT

RECEIVING:

Springfield: Jarrett Shuey 2-33-1TD, Charlie Cloud 1-29-0, Brett Lovekamp 2-11-1TD

Missouri L.J. Braxton 3-40-1TD, O.J. Simpson 3-30-0, Howard Bouldin 3-23-1TD, Mike Bonner 1-5-1TD

 

INTERCEPTIONS:

Springfield: Jason Mudge

 

DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RECOVERIES:

Springfield: Michael Jones, Eugene Walker

Missouri: Randy Alexander, O.J. Simpson

 

Severe Weather Alert: WolfPack Hit A Storm In Texas

04/14/07 - CONROE, TX - The classic literary horror story always begins, "It was a dark and stormy night…" and that phrase was eerily appropriate for the Springfield WolfPack’s visit to Conroe, Texas.

The season opening road trip had already been fraught with adversity before the opening kick-off. The majority of the road-weary WolfPack received less than 3 hours of real sleep. After 12 hours on the road the team arrived at the motel at 7 a.m. and was informed they could stay until the next day. Planning on sleeping until 3 p.m., the team was rousted at 10:30 a.m. and told the night management had made an unauthorized decision and the team would have to vacate by 11 am.

Running back Darron Dixon was lost on the initial play from scrimmage when the ragged turf at Lonestar Expo center snagged him, costing him a twisted ankle and a fumble. Two plays later Conroe running back Cory Young scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 10-yard scamper.

On the next series WolfPack quarterback Aaron Hobson suffered the first of three interceptions -- as Alex Biati gave the Storm the ball at their own 1-yard line -- setting up Young for his second TD; an arguable 24-yard dash which appeared to be out of bounds at the 15 when he reached out and steadied himself on the sidewall after being hit. The officials didn't see it as out of bounds however, and the score stood for a 14 - 0 Conroe lead.

Free Safety Stan Harris twisted an ankle on the ensuing kick return, fumbling the ball to Jared Dotson who returned for the TD in the process to make it 20-0. The landslide continued as the WolfPack turned the ball over six times in the first quarter and trailed 32-0 before the first break.

Missing their two speedsters, the Pack made it a better fight in the second half but never recovered from the first quarter debacle, trailing 44-0 by halftime. The WolfPack managed 48 yards of offense for the game (most in the second half) led by 16 yards on four carries from back-up QB Chris Glenn, compared to 185 yards for the Storm led by Young with a 58-yard rushing effort. But the short fields afforded by 6 Springfield turnovers made it appear easier for the Storm.

On a bright note, the WolfPack played a much cleaner game than the Storm. The WolfPack was called for just 5 yards on one minor infraction, while the Storm was whistled for 110 yards on 11 penalties, 6 of which were majors for roughing and/or misconduct.

The WolfPack will be much fresher and ready to roll April 28, when they face the Missouri Minutemen for the home opener at Jordan Valley Ice Park at 7:05 pm.

 

BOX SCORE

Springfield
0
0
0
0
-
0
Conroe
32
12
6
7
-
57
WolfPack
Storm
1st Down
6
8
3rd Down Conv.
5 of 9
3 of 5
4th Down Conv.
0 of 3
2 of 2
Rush
18 for 34
17 for 127
Pass
3 of 13 for 10
3 of 10 for 158
Total Yards
48
185
Turnovers
6
0
Penalties
1/5
11/110
Time Of Possession
N/A
N/A

RUSHING

Springfield:

Chris Glenn 4-16-0, Winston Grimes 5-10-0, Shawn Nevills 6-8-0, Michael Ugolini 2-2-0, Aaron Hobson 2- (-2) - 0.

Conroe:

Cory Young 4-48-2 (10,24), Martin Garza 4-32-0, Alvin Lee 2-14-1 (9), Kevin Taulton 2-13-0, Ritchie Edwards 2-10-0, Johnnie Williams 2-6-0, Jared Dotson 1-6-0, Stephen Saur 1-(-2)-0

PASSING

Springfield:

Aaron Hobson 2/10-8-0, Chris Glenn 1/3-2-0

Conroe:

Abe Bradley 3/9-58-2 (30, 28) Stephen Saur 0/1-0-0

RECEIVING

Springfield: Charlie Cloud 3-10-0

Conroe: Johnnie Williams 1-30-1 (30), Alvin Lee 2-28-1(23)

 

INTERCEPTIONS - Conroe: Thomas Peguez, Alex Biati, Darty Javon

DEFENSIVE FUMBLE RECOVERIES - Conroe: Jared Dotson (2, 1 TD) Darty Javon (1TD)