HAYES CENTER — Maywood-Hayes Center overwhelmed an under-manned Banner County team on a hot day in Hayes Center, winning the co-op’s first ever game 25-0.
The game was called after the first half, because Banner County suited only six players for the 6-man game and temperatures were in the mid-90s.
“It’s great to start the season out with a win. You really want to do that,” Wolves head coach Loren Wagner said. “I think we left a few points on the board. Obviously, there’s some things we need to clean up. I’m pretty happy with the effort of the boys. I think they played solid. They basically took care of their responsibilities and we took care of business against a team that was in a tough situation.”
Senior Calyn Werkmeister ran for 115 yards on 12 carries, and scored three of the Wolves’ four touchdowns. Werkmeister started the game with a 61-yard touchdown run off left tackle.
In 6-man, what is considered a 2-point try in 11-man football is worth one point, and a converted kick on the point after is worth two. On the first touchdown, Kyle Fackler converted the one-point try to give Maywood-Hayes Center a 7-0 lead.
Senior Jace Walther scored the second touchdown of the first half for the Wolves on a 13-yard run. Walther would finish the game with 18 yards on two carries.
Fackler, a freshman, supplemented the Wolves’ other two ball carriers going for 62 yards on six carries.
“[Werkmeister] had a nice game today. We leaned on him a little bit more,” Wagner said. “We will use Jace Walther back there as well. We switch those guys around under center. We have another one coming in and Karl Fackler will help us out there as well. He had some fumble issues earlier this week, so I didn’t know how he was going to do, but he ran the ball well today, too.”
Werkmeister would add a 4-yard touchdown run and a 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give the Wolves the win.
“Calyn did a good job of going where the hole is supposed to be and then making his cut,” Wagner said. “Some of the younger guys need to work on attacking the play where the hole is supposed to be and not cutting too early or too much.”
Wagner said he has some other areas that he wants to work on in practice in the next week before the Wolves travel to Santee on Friday.
“Our offensive line play and our blocking up front needs to get better,” Wagner said. “I’m not sure how good their good defensive line is. They gave us a few more problems than I would have liked to see today. We need to improve on that.”
M-HC (1-0) ............................. 13 12 x x — 25
Banner Co. (0-1) .................... 0 0 x x — 0
M-HC: Calyn Werkmeister 61-yard run (Kyle Fackler run good)
M-HC: Jace Walther 13-yard run (run no good)
M-HC: Werkmeister 4-yard run (kick no good)
M-HC: Werkmeister 7-yard run (kick no good)