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Wolverines suffer 22-21 loss in home opener

Photos by Brian Hansel WDC's Nick Carlson dives on a blocked punt as West Central Area's Trevor Telkamp (21) and Calvin Anderson (24) close in during first quarter play.1 / 2
WDC quarterback Evan VanErp (7) fires a pass over charging WCA defender Kyle Martineau (57) in the first quarter.2 / 2

It all came down to a two-point pass Thursday night as the West Central Area Knights snuck by Wadena-Deer Creek 22-21 in the season opener for both clubs.

Dakota Kashmark's conversion flip to Drew Peterson capped a wild second quarter and gave West Central Area the edge they needed with 26 seconds remaining in the first half.

On a warm, humid summer evening, Tom VanErp's Wolverines struck first after Mason Lohmiller blocked a punt that was recovered on WCA's 21 by Nick Carlson. Logan Meyer cashed in on a five-yard scamper at the 1:49 mark of the first quarter.

The Knights set off a furious scoring duel at the 5:54 mark of the second quarter on a 22-yard jaunt off left tackle by Trevor Telkamp.

Evan VanErp put the Wolverines on top again with a 31-yard run at the 3:35 mark.

It was WCA's turn next as Dustin Buss hooked up with Kashmark for a 65-yard scoring play.

Meyer, who logged a lofty 175 yards on 23 carries, busted off a 79-yard TD run to put the Wolverines on top 21-14.

Peterson came right back to scoring on the ensuing kickoff with an 89-yard scamper.

Jacob Ludovissie led the Wolverines with nine tackles and four assists. Meyer came up with eight tackles. Jake Krause picked off the game's only interception and added five tackles and four assists.

"They played their hearts out," VanErp said of his short-handed squad. "We played well but we ran out of gas late in the second half. In the fourth quarter it looked like we were running in quicksand."

The Wolverines travel to Barnesville Friday for a Prairie North game. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

WCA 22, WDC 21

WCA 0 22 0 0 - 22

WDC 6 15 0 0 - 21

WDC: Logan Meyer 5 yd run (PAT failed), Evan VanErp 31 yd run (Meyer run), Meyer 79 yd run (PAT Meyer kick)

WCA: Trevor Telkamp 22 yd run (PAT failed), Dustin Buss 65 yd pass from Dakotah Kashmark (PAT Kashmark run), Drew Peterson 79 yd run (PAT Peterson pass from Kashmark)