Wykons’ D comes up big to stop Hurley

WIC’s Jayce Brockhagen stiff-arms Hurley’s Dakota Haanen as he breaks free of Preston Gardner on a 55-yard touchdown play during the Wykons’ 34-30 win on Sept. 1.

RON RIVER—As hard as West Iron worked on offense, the Wykons worked harder on defense when the chips were down in the final minutes at Nelson Field Sept. 1.
    Their reward: a thrilling 34-30 win over Hurley. The victory in the West Pac Conference opener evens their overall record at 1-1 overall heading into a three-game road trip.
    WIC went ahead with 6:34 left, but that left Hurley plenty of time to drive downfield. From their 35, the Midgets got a first down at the WIC 48. Runs by Scott Subert and Dakota Haanen earned another at the WIC 35.
    But Hurley’s road was rough and getting rougher. Subert, no gain. Haanen for three. Subert, minus one. Fourth and 8 at the Wykon 33, 1:13 left. Time-out.
    “The kids realized there’s only a couple minutes to go, and they had to sell out,” Coach Mike Berutti said later. “Coach [Chris] Thomson moved the corners up tighter to give more support, and we started figuring out which way the guards were pulling. That’s what led to that stand.”
    On 4th and 8, coaches anticipated QB Isaac DeCarlo would roll out and either throw a short pass or take off down the sideline. From the guards’ stance, the Wykons could tell which way the play was going and flowed with them.

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