Franklin No Match for Wolfpack in Playoffs

ELGIN — The final score was 54 to 13. But, for those at Elgin Field who watched the Wolfpack defeat Franklin in the opening round of the Class D-1 State Football Playoffs, they will tell you it wasn’t that close.

The Wolfpack began their quest for a state championship playing just the way they had during the regular season, scoring early and often and, when on defense, denying the opposing team even a sniff of the endzone.

Conditions were perfect for football in late October at game time. On the second play of the game the Wolfpack gave their fans plenty to cheer about as senior Nash Schindler went 53 yards for a touchdown. Making the run possible was fine blocking by linemen Caleb Pelster, Drew Schindler and Jared Seier.

The Flyers turned the ball over on downs on the Wolfpack 24-yard line to end their opening drive. Three blasts by fullback Blake Anderson helped move the ball just past midfield where, on the next play, junior Ross Schindler bolted 37 yards for the game’s second touchdown.

Barely two minutes after scoring his first touchdown, Ross Schindler added a second touchdown, this time a 36-yard run. Anderson’s successful two-point conversion made the score 22 to 0 with 2:55 left in the opening quarter.

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