|Dragons win final home game, face Wray next|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Those in the stands Friday night, Oct. 22 saw a similar sight as the Holyoke Dragons took the field to face off against the Highland Huskies. Highland took the ball on the first drive of the game and moved it down the field for an early score.
The scene was all too familiar to the Dragons and their coaches as they have seen teams build up quick leads on them throughout the year. However, the score would prove to be the opponent’s only points of the game while the home team rolled up 34 to secure their second win of the season 34-7.
“It was a good day,” coach Rod Trumper said.
Holyoke welcomed cool temperatures and a slight drizzle throughout the day Friday. Rain held off until midway through the fourth quarter, making it a cool finish to the gridiron season at Max Bernard Field.
Holyoke will wrap up the regular season Friday, Oct. 29 when they travel to Wray to face the undefeated Eagles. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Blye McCallum leads team to field
Blye McCallum, assisted by Seth Baker, led the Holyoke Dragons onto the field Friday
Slow start to game
After Highland scored on the opening drive, the teams each went three and out giving Holyoke the ball with about five minutes left in the opening period. Moving across midfield, running back Brett Cumming ran the ball into the end zone from 20 yards out only to have the play called back on a holding penalty.
The drive stalled giving the Huskies the ball back with time running out in the quarter.
The Dragon defense again managed to force a punt giving the ball back to the offense. Thirteen plays later, Broc Pelle ran in from 16 yards out for the score. Cumming added the two-point conversion.
Quarterback Reid Baumgartner hands the ball to running back
The Dragons again forced a three and out giving the ball right back to the offense. However, on the first play of the drive Highland intercepted a Dragon pass. Again, the defense did its job forcing the punt.
Eleven plays later Pelle crossed the goal line for his second score of the night. He added the extra two points to give Holyoke the 16-7 lead.
With under two minutes left in the half, Highland moved the ball up the field before the Dragons’ defense stalled the drive.
With less than 20 seconds left and the ball at the opponent’s 43-yard line, the Dragons were hungry for more. A reverse yielded 16 yards. The Dragons called timeout with six seconds left to dial up a play toward the end zone. Quarterback Reid Baumgartner found an open Alex Quintana in the end zone who managed to pull down his first touchdown of the season as time expired. The 27-yard strike gave Holyoke the 22-7 halftime lead.
The Dragons put together a long drive to open the second half going 13 plays which included a fake punt on their way to a Cumming touchdown run with just over five minutes left in the third quarter.
Holyoke’s final score came in the final period when Baumgartner hit Cumming for a 19-yard touchdown pass. The two-point try was unsuccessful leaving the final score 34-7 in favor of Holyoke.
Alex Quintana (82) goes up in the end zone for a touchdown pass
Dragons to face Wray
Coach Trumper said the Dragons will run into a very speedy and solid Eagle team Friday night. Wray defeated the one-loss Yuma Indians 49-6 last week and will be looking to finish their season undefeated heading into the playoffs.
Trumper said it will be key for Holyoke to step up and be physical and try to frustrate their opponent. On offense, the coach said the Dragons need to sustain long drives as they have against Grant, Neb. and Highland. Running the clock in Holyoke’s favor and keep Wray’s offense off the field will also play a big role in the game.
Pelle led rushing efforts with 149 yards on 25 carries. Cumming was just behind him with 124 yards on 22 carries.
Baumgartner finished three for seven for 54 yards and two touchdowns.
Jesus Hermosillo led the team with 11 tackles followed closely by Austin Killin with 10. Astolfo Rojo had eight. Pelle managed to sack the Highland quarterback one time for a loss of 10 yards.
Carlos Diaz punted the ball three times with a long of 35 yards.
JV takes down Huskies
Holyoke JV players got some game experience prior to the varsity game last Friday. Trumper said Holyoke played all their freshmen and just a couple sophomores in the Dragons’ 40-6 victory.
Holyoke scored on offense, defense and special teams in what the coach called a very impressive outing for the young kids. “They really did a nice job,” Trumper said.
Other North Central action reported
Other North Central Conference teams played Friday, Oct. 22. Wray blew out Yuma 49-6 and Akron beat Wiggins 45-12.