If Friday night was any indication, there’s no quit in the Sibley East football team.
Chuck Hartman’s Wolverines used a solid running game and stout defense to claim a 14-13 comeback win over Le Sueur-Henderson in conference play at Arlington.
It would have been easy for the Wolverines to fold early, coming off a lopsided loss to Norwood Young America and giving up a long return to LSH on the opening kickoff. But, aside from a few coverage woes on special teams, the Wolverines would better the Giants in many categories. Sibley East proved dominant in the second half and a fourth quarter touchdown gave the Wolverines their first win over LSH in five seasons.
“Our kids played with a lot of heart,” coach Hartman said. “We found ourselves in a hole and dug ourselves out. They never gave up and some adjustments at halftime enabled us to get back into the game.”
Hartman said it was a special teams breakdown that allowed LSH to run the opening kickoff to the one yard line. It took the Giants one play to score and Sibley East quickly had its back to the wall.
A long LSH punt return would make matters worse in the second quarter. This time Giants’ running back Brendan Kroehler scored from five yards out. But, LSH’s point after attempt was muffed and that play would prove pivotal.
Sibley East put together a few offensive drives in the first half but could not reach paydirt.
The Wolverines would break through in the first drive of the second half. Tyler Pasvogel’s nine yard touchdown run capped a 17 play, 73-yard drive for Sibley East. That drive ate up 9:00 minutes. Dalton Webster’s point after kick was good trimming the LSH lead to 13-7.
Sibley East scored the go-ahead touchdown in similar fashion. A 14 play, 63-yard drive finished in the endzone when Pasvogel plunged in from five yards out. Webster then remained perfect on the season. The senior’s sixth straight extra point kick put the Wolverines on top.
A pass interference call enabled LSH to threaten late in the game. But, Michael Bullert sealed the win for the Wolverines with an interception deep in Sibley East territory with less than a minute remaining.
“I was very proud of the way our kids played, especially in the second half,” Hartman said. “It was a total team effort.”
Sibley East had 18 first downs on the night, eleven more than LSH. The Wolverines racked up 240 rushing yards while the Giants had 55.
Logan Reid led all Sibley East ball carriers with 95 yards on 17 carries. Pasvogel added 65 yards while Herd and Ashton had 44 and 32 yards respectively.
Herd, Sibley East’s senior quarterback, completed 3 of 7 passes for 27 yards. Tanner Walsh caught two of those passes for 17 yards. Kyle Goetsch also had a catch for Sibley East.
Webster highlighted defensive action for the Wolverines with ten tackles, four of which were solo. Orlando Castillo and Teddy DuFrane had eight and seven tackles respectively while Pasvogel chased down six LSH ball carriers. Castillo and Goetsch also recorded one sack apiece.
Coach Hartman called it a “big” win for his team but said his Wolverines can’t dwell on it and must get ready for Mayer Lutheran. Sibley East will play at Mayer Friday. The Crusaders fell to Holy Family 40-33 last week.