Wolfpack defeats New Life Academy 43-0

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Now things are getting fun. The Wolfpack remain undefeated halfway through the season with their 43-0 victory of the New Life Academy Eagles on Friday, September 11th. The game started with a memorial to the namesake of The Blake School’s stadium, Gary Aamoth Jr., who was one of the victims of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.

“I think we had a really good game, the big thing was there was a lot of penalties. But we got together as a team, we scored early, we kept going until the end,” sophomore and defense Jake Adams said.

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“I think we had a really good game, the big thing was there was a lot of penalties. But we got together as a team, we scored early, we kept going until the end,” sophomore and defense Jake Adams said.

The Wolfpack had a sluggish start but still managed to put 14 points up on the board in the first quarter. Senior Dawson Rademacher (MA) scored the first Wolfpack touchdown with a five yard punch up the middle. Senior Michael O’Shea doubled the lead with a 32 yard run to cap off his 18th birthday on a reverse. The Wolfpack had yet another strong outing on the defensive side of the ball in the first half. They were able to pick off New Life Academy 3 times. Twice in the first half. Both led to scores from the Wolfpack offense which made the score at the half 23-0.

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In the third quarter most of the starters were removed from the game especially after a senior Dalante Peyton 58 yard TD reception. On that play Peyton broke a tackle at the first down markers and was off to the races.

He said after the game, “I was just trying to get to the sideline, because I knew if I got there, I was gone.”

And he was, he reached the sidelines and beat everyone to the end zone. Peyton has had three games in which he has caught a pass this season. He has averaged almost 40 yards a reception, with 78 yards a game and four touchdowns. Coming into the game, every reception was a touchdown reception.

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Assistant coach Eric Salverda said after the game that having a deep threat like Peyton “as a run heavy offense, keeps teams [the] honest, because early on in the game they just had 9 of 11 guys in the box. But if they’re gonna do that, we can just throw it out to Dalante.”

The first starter to come off was senior Jake Richardson (MA) who was facing double and triple teams all night and had no plays run his way. He had no solo tackles, but after the game he recognized it was helping the team, “When everyone goes to me, it opens everyone else up and you see that in the stats, I didn’t what I usually get but the team was better for it.”

The Wolfpack scored two more garbage time touchdowns before the celebration of the fourth straight victory to start off the era.

Assistant coach Eric Salverda credited the success to “a lot of people on the team wanting to play football and wanting to improve.”

Wolfpack players trap the ball.

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Wolfpack players trap the ball.

 

Next week, the Wolfpack plays a one loss Minneapolis South team, who lost their first game of the season on Friday against Mound Westonka, in what will likely end up being the toughest game on the schedule for the team.

Jake Richardson said of South, “They are a good team, we’ll have to work hard this week, but I think that our defense will be too good and we will end up victorious.”

The game starts at 3:30 at Minneapolis South High School.

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