|Football season comes to close with loss to Wray|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Coming off a win over Highland a week earlier, Holyoke traveled to Wray with hopes of upsetting the Eagles’ undefeated season Friday, Oct. 29.
The final game of the Dragons’ season saw Holyoke fall 0-41 to the only undefeated team left in Class 1A.
The Eagles quickly scored 21 points in the first period and their defense shut down anything the Dragons threw at them, including versions of the wildcat offense when veering away from the wishbone set.
The Dragons had a nice drive going with time running down on the first half. They got the ball after Wray scored to go ahead 27-0 with 6:15 left in the half and sustained a long drive that consisted of 13 plays. Unfortunately, the ball was turned over on downs just before the buzzer sounded on halftime.
Wray found the end zone two more times in the third quarter, forcing a running clock with about two minutes left in the period.
With the final quarter rapidly running down, the teams traded a pair of possessions. Holyoke’s Saul Ramos fielded an Eagle punt and bobbled it. After some deliberation the ball was given to the Dragons.
With reserves in on both sides of the ball, a young Dragon team moved down the field into Eagle territory. Quarterback Trevor Dalton connected with Alfredo Santos for a 33-yard gain and another pass intended for Ben Martinez slipped through his hands. Had it been caught, Martinez would’ve trotted into the end zone for the score.
Time ran out with Holyoke threatening. Wray finishes the season 9-0 and the only team to go undefeated in Class 1A.
Holyoke’s young team finished the season 2-7 and 1-4 in conference play.
Coach Trumper said the coaches were very proud with how the kids never gave up throughout the year when it would’ve been so easy to do.
Even though the Dragons didn’t experience the season they set out for, they did get better, Trumper said. Playing in arguably the toughest conference, Holyoke’s younger team hit the field each game and gave it their all. “We were asking those younger kids to do a lot,” the coach said.
With Seth Baker sidelined due to injury, the Dragons only had two seniors on the field down the stretch forcing younger players to step up and face off against older and bigger teams.
The Dragons managed to run the ball for over 1,500 yards against playoff type teams. The only team on the schedule that Holyoke fell to and won’t make playoffs was St. Francis, Kan.
The coach said he hopes to see the returning players hit the weight room as a group, participate in other sports and want to get better.
This year’s sophomore class consisted of many players who also got a lot of playing time as freshmen. As juniors, they will have a lot of game experience under their belts when they step onto the field next year, Trumper said.
Support from parents is another aspect, the coach noted, which will play a role in the program’s future. Kids who want to get better as a team will greatly help future Dragon football teams.
Broc Pelle led rushing efforts with 46 yards on seven carries. Dalton finished two for four through the air for 43 yards followed closely by Baumgartner who went four for 10 for 40 yards. Pelle hauled in three catches for 31 yards. Alfredo Santos caught one ball for 33 yards.
Astolfo Rojo led all tacklers with seven. Jesus Hermosillo was close behind with six.
Other North Central action reported
Other North Central Conference teams played Friday, Oct. 29. Akron took down Yuma 47-30 and Wiggins beat Highland 34-6.