By Mark Bernstrom
The KCC Bearcats claimed a win on Thursday night against Winger-Erskine-McIntosh to improve their record to four wins and three losses.
The Bearcats controlled the first half with tough defense and rhythm on offense. The defense created four turnovers throughout the game. They came by 1 fumble and 3 interceptions, two of those interceptions were by Adam Gustafson. The defense also stopped both 2-point conversion attempts in the second half to keep WEM from striking distance late in the game.
Bearcats offense scored three times in the first half with a 2-yard run by Josh Rynning, the 2-point attempt was no good. In the second quarter Rynning connected with two passing touchdowns to Trent Peterson. One was a long pass for 44 yards, and the other was an 11-yard touchdown pass. On the first passing score the 2-point conversion was good with a pass from Rynning to Gabe Vagle, and on the second score the point after kick was good by Maurice Sele. This helped build a 21-0 halftime lead.
WEM did come back in the second half with a touchdown in each quarter. The first score came by a 1-yard run by Gavin Walker in the third quarter. Then the second score came in the fourth quarter, by a 2-yard run by Nathan Fortmann.
This was a tough fought game by both teams, and a very important win for the Bearcats. This win keeps them alive to be an upper seed in the playoffs. It is important for the Bearcats to win this next game against Clearbrook/ Gonvick. If the Bearcats can win against C/G on Tuesday, Oct. 16, they will host the first round of playoffs, and if they lose they will go on the road for first round. Bearcats are looking at continuing the momentum that they have built, as they go into the late part of the season.
1 2 3 4 T
KCC 6 15 0 0 21
WEM 0 0 6 6 12
6/9, 97 yds, 2 TD
4 rec, 59 yds, 2 TD
Gabe Vagle 1 rec, 30 yds
Travis Rich 19 att., 123 yds
10 att., 24 yds, 1 TD
By Mark Bernstrom