Wolverine defense stifles Westwood in 15-6 win

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By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    For the third straight game the East Mills defense held it’s opponent out of the end zone and the Wolverine offense did just enough on it’s side of the ball to defeat Westwood 15-7 in Class A district football on Friday.
    The East Mills defense held Westwood to minus-16 yards rushing on 34 attempts and forced four turnovers in the win.
    “We really played well again defensively this week,” said East Mills coach Andy Irwin. “We felt like we had a good game plan coming in. They had passed the ball (this season) only a limited number of times so we focused on the run. That kind of hurt us a little bit because they were able to throw for some yards but we adjusted and really shutdown the run.”
    Leading 7-0 in a tight ballgame in the third quarter, Westwood blocked a Wolverine field goal that was picked up by Bobby Nettleton and retuned 82 yards for a touchdown. The Rebels failed to convert their two-point conversion.
    In the fourth with the Wolverines, clinging to a 7-6 lead, Colden Hillyer blocked a  Westwood punt and recovered the ball at the Rebel 2-yard line.
    Two plays later Austin Sommerla scored on a quarterback sneak. Sommerla then found Travis Tupper on a short toss to put the Wolverines up 15-6 with just under 10 minutes remaining in the game.
    Going ahead two scores made a big difference on the scoreboard and in the momentum department, Irwin said.
    “That two-point conversion was a pretty big play. It made it a two score game and they really had to go to throwing the ball at that point. That was probably the difference in the game,” Irwin said.
    East Mills finished with 234 total yards, 134 coming on the ground. Sommerla finished 6-of-11 passing with a 51-yard touchdown toss to Nick Pittmon.
    “We try to be consistent with what we’re doing so this was a nice balance,” Irwin said. “This was probably our best passing game of the year so far.”
    The Rebels finished with all of their 202 yards through the air.
    Hillyer led the Wolverines defense with five tackles, an interception, a blocked punt and a sack.