By Benjamin Lykens (Whetstone Staff Writer)
The Wolverine football team racked-up almost 500 yards of offense but still came up short in the semi-final game against Mount Union.
Head Coach Mike Drass said he felt that his team played good enough to win but instead failed to capitalize at pivotal points in the game.
“It was one of those games where I was really proud of how the team played but we didn’t stop them in the red zone and we just came up short,” he said.
Mount Union, a Division 3 powerhouse, has been giving the Wolverines problems for the last couple of years. However, Drass said he isn’t into moral victories and believed that his team surprised Mount Union with how well they played.
“I don’t think it’s a surprise for us but I think it was a surprise for Mount Union that we made it a game,” Drass said.
The Wolverines focused on stopping the opposing team’s running game.
Mount Union instead came out with a pass-heavy attack, taking most snaps from shotgun to slow down the Wolverines aggressive pass rush.
Early passing set up a powerful running game for Mount Union, allowing them to do what they do best: wear the defense down with a relentless running game.
The Wolverines may have lost the game but said they don’t feel defeated.
Offensive line coach Chris Sfamurri believes that the Wolverines are making great strides in becoming a better team.
“In 2005-2006, our games against Mount Union weren’t even close but now were closing the gap on them,” he said.
Middle linebacker Sosthene Kapepula, a second semester freshman, said the Wolverines loss was one of missed opportunities.
“One thing that really stood out was all the turnovers but we had a lot of opportunities,” he said. “You can’t turn the ball over against a great team but we also have to capitalize on our opportunities.”
Senior quarterback Justin Sottilare said that the Wolverines have to be more consistent.
“We played a pretty solid game but we got to be consistent,” he said. “It wasn’t one side of the ball that made us lose the game.”