EPPJ takes ‘bite’ out Bulldogs, win 38 to 30

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Dylon Lueking (33) nearly corraled this ball during first half action. He led EPPJ with 20 tackles in the game.

CREIGHTON  — Bruised, battered and still unbeaten.

Elgin Public-Pope John took Creighton’s best shot Friday night and came away with a 38 to 30 victory.

Senior tailback Jack Wemhoff rushed for five touchdowns, the last one coming midway through the fourth quarter to provide the Wolfpack with an eight-point margin of victory.

It didn’t come easy.

The Bulldogs, behind the play of quarterback Taylor Nilson, kept Creighton in the game up to the very end as it took a Wolfpack goalline stand with under two minutes to play to seal the victory.

“It was a physical football game, exactly what we thought we’d get,” Coach Greg Wemhoff said. “Our kids persevered again and did a great job.”

The Wolfpack built a 22 to 14 lead in the first half, playing in a persistent drizzle. Wemhoff lit up the scoreboard early in the first quarter on an electrifying 60-yard touchdown run.

Creighton answered back to tie the score at 8-all late in the quarter when Nilson found Kale Fulton with a strike to cover the final seven yards. To read all the game time action, turn to this week’s Elgin Review.