Under a steady rain the Ridgway Elkers came to town with two things in mind: spoil the senior recognition night for the Kane Wolves and improve their positioning for a potential playoff berth.
Prior to the start of the game, these four seniors, Gunnar Emberg, Will Hulings, Josh Kibbie and Mike Swartwood, were honored in an emotional senior recognition ceremony.
With emotions high the Wolves and the good crowd were ready to get things under way. With the field in very bad condition both teams would find the footing really tough.
The teams would exchange possessions and find it difficult to get much going on the ground or in the air. With the conditions making the ball very slippery it made it difficult for either
team to throw with any consistency. The first quarter would end scoreless.
The second quarter would bring a ray of hope to the home team as Josh Kibbie broke through the line and caused a fumble recovered by Andrew Zuzek. The Wolves would find the going very tough as the Elker defense was up to the task and forced a punt to stop any opportunity for the Wolves. Then it was Kane's turn to turn up the defensive pressure as they held the visitors to short gains and would force a punt. Kane would pick up a pair of first downs and now the home team was on the move.
On a big first down pass attempt the ball slipped out of the quarterback's hand and hit a lineman which would cost the Wolves five yards. As the rain steadily fell and the ball got more slippery both teams went to the ground to try and make a hole for one of the running backs to break through. Neither was very successful and with just under one minute left to go in the first half the Wolves were unsuccessful on a couple running plays. So with time running out the Wolves tried the element of surprise with a pass but the defense intercepted and stopped any hope of a score before the half.
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