The East Mills football team dropped its third straight game on Friday with a 24-10 setback to A-H-S-T.
The Wolverines (3-4 overall, 2-3 in the district) trailed 17-0 at the half as they struggled to move the ball against the aggressive Viking defense. East Mills finished with a season-low 111 total yards, including 37 yards rushing on 30 attempts.
“We’ve had quite a few injuries and we’ve had some backups playing on the offensive line but we felt they did a good job as a whole, especially in the second half,” said East Mills coach Andy Irwin. “But A-H-S-T did a good job controlling the line of scrimmage and that made it difficult for us to move the ball.”
But in the second half, the Wolverines adjusted and began moving the ball. Irwin thought his offensive line, which has been decimated by injuries this season, got more comfortable as the game went along.
The Wolverines out-scored the Vikings 10-0 in the third quarter and appeared to be driving for a potential game-tying touchdown when A-H-S-T forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown.
“It was sort of a questionable late strip on the ball there and they took it for a touchdown. We held them without an offensive touchdown the second half and we were able to move the ball but that call (the fumble) really changed the game. Maybe we still lose 17-10 but all that aside, I felt like they understood this game had playoff implications and they played a lot harder than us the first half.”
East Mills quarterback Austin Sommerla finished 10-of-22 passing for 74 yards. Sommerla threw the Wolverines lone touchdown, a 28-yard scoring strike to Kyle Steiner.
Travis Tupper kicked a 36-yard field goal to complete the Wolverine scoring.
Michael Story led the East Mills defense with 15 tackles, including a sack.
With the loss, East Mills drops 2-3 in district 8. While not mathematically eliminated, the Wolverines must win Friday over Griswold to have any post-season chances. The home game kicks off at 7 p.m.