|Med Valley Raiders outlast Wildcats|
By Travis McConnell
The Wallace Wildcats scored five touchdowns in the first 13:31 of their game with the Medicine Valley Raiders Friday night, but turnovers and injuries were too much to overcome during the last 34:29 and the Raiders ran away with a 72-34 victory.
Med Valley struck first in the game following a 47-yard punt return by Hunter Timmons that set the Raiders up first and goal from the Wallace three yard line. Trey Hildebrandt scored on first down to give the Raiders a 6-0 lead 3:15 into the first quarter.
The Wildcats responded with a 22-0 run over the next 3:09. The run was aided by two Med Valley turnovers.
Wallace took the lead on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Sean May to Landon Swedberg. Lane Swedberg caught the two point conversion pass to give the Wildcats an early 8-6 lead.
May then recovered a bad snap in the end zone for the Wildcats’ second touchdown of the game five seconds later. May found Taylor Doell for the two-point conversion pass to give the Wildcats a 16-6 lead.
Following a fumble recovery by Ethan Scott, the Wildcats extended their lead to 22-6. Wallace used two plays, a 27-yard pass to Doell and an 18-yard touchdown run by May to stretch their lead to 16 points with 6:36 to play in the first quarter.
Just when it looked like the Wildcats had seized momentum in the game, the Raiders struck from 37 yards out on a Riley Garey to Kyler Michaels touchdown pass. Hildebrandt added the two point conversion to make the score 22-14 in favor of Wallace with 6:22 to play in the first quarter.
The Wildcats responded quickly once again with a four play, 42-yard drive that was capped by a 23-yard touchdown run by May.
Med Valley closed out the first quarter scoring with a 35-yard touchdown run by Timmons, and following a successful onside kick, a 30-yard touchdown run by Hildebrandt to tie the score at 28-28 late in the quarter.
The Wildcats continued the shootout with an 11 play, 55-yard, scoring drive to open the second quarter. Wallace regained the lead on a five-yard run by May that made the score 34-28 with 10:29 to play in the second quarter.
The touchdown run was the last bright spot in the game for Wallace, as injuries to Shawn Christensen, Lane Scott, Ethan Scott and Landon Swedberg took a big toll on the Wildcats.
Medicine Valley scored the last 24 points of the second half to take a 52-34 lead at halftime.
Because of injuries, the Wildcats were forced to used five different quarterbacks in the second half. The unfamiliarity led to lost fumbles on all three Wallace possessions in the third quarter.
Medicine Valley turned the turnovers into 14 points on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Garey to Justin Romeo and an 11-yard touchdown run by Josh Leas.
At the end of the third quarter the Raiders had a 66-34 lead.
The final touchdown of the game was scored by the Raiders’ Quinten Chancellor on a 39-yard run with 7:13 to play in the game.
Wallace was led in rushing by May who had 19 carries for 89 yard.
With the loss the Wildcats fall to 2-2 on the season.
Wallace will look to get back on the winning track this week when they host the Wauneta-Palisade Broncos.
Friday will be homecoming for the Wildcats.