Wolverines score first 39 points in homecoming win
MALVERN - Trailing 3-0 midway through the first quarter and facing a fourth-and-inches at its own 19-yard-line, Bedford elected to go for it.
And the East Mills defense rose to the occasions, stuffed a dive play and took over on downs. Three plays later, quarterback Michael Schafer waltzed into the end zone for the 10-0 lead.
From there, the rout was one.
The Wolverines scored on four of their next five possessions and lead 39-0 at the half in 46-18 victory on homecoming night in Malvern.
“I think they gambled a lot, especially on special teams and that surprised me a little bit because I don’t think they needed to and could have played field position with us,” said East Mills co-head coach Kevin Schafer. “My guess is they thought we were explosive enough offensively that they felt they needed to do it. They also ran for 400 yards last week. And we shut that down this week.”
The East Mills defense was stellar in the first half, limiting Bedford to 83 total yards on 33 plays and twice more stuffing fourth down plays in the Bulldogs own territory.
“The first half, I thought we played lights out on both sides of the ball,” Schafer said. “They made some adjustments as to how they started attacking us the second half. But they had some big shots that they went for in the first half and they overthrew. They put those on the money in the second half. And in eight-man, those things happen.”
The Bulldogs (2-3), who scored 60 plus points in a two game win streak coming in, didn’t penetrate the red zone until midway through the third quarter. However, they did outscore the Wolverines 18-7 after halftime – their three TDs coming on a quarterback Cooper Nally’s run and two deep passes – but it was too little too late.
After getting up 10-0, Jackson Wray capped a short drive with a six-yard scamper and Schafer his Nolan Smiley and Nic Duysen on TD passes to push the lead to 32-0. Brody Gordon’s one yard plunge with four minutes to go in the opening half made it 39-0.
East Mills totaled 302 yards offensively in the game with Michael Schafer accounting for 253 yards passing and three TDs.
The Wolverines bottled up Natter most of the night, a week after the QB ran for 257 yards and passed for 96 in a 60-34 win over Stanton. Nally finished with 191 yards passing against East Mills but was held to 51 yards rushing on 16 carries, most of those coming after halftime.
“We could tell on film he’s an athletic QB, definitely more athletic than he was last year,” Schafer said.
The Wolverines (4-1) head on the road Friday to face Stanton (1-3) in an Eight-man, District 7 showdown. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m.
EM 17 22 00 07 46
B 00 00 06 12 18
EM – Jackson Wray, 36 field goal.
EM – Michael Schafer, 5 run (kick good).
EM – Wray, 2 run (kick good).
EM – Schafer to Nolan Smiley, 10 pass (two-point conversion good).
EM – Schafer to Duysen, 20 pass (kick good).
EM – Brody Gordon, 1 run (kick good).
B – Cooper Nally, 4 run (two-point conversion failed).
EM – Schafer to Mason Crouse, 28 pass (kick good).
B – Nally to Jordan Perkins, 18 pass (two-point conversion failed).
B – Nally to Talon Reidel, 18 pass (two-point conversion failed).