Wolverines make first step a win

BURNSIDE – GMG scored on its first three offensive plays from scrimmage and the Wolverines took their first step toward erasing last year’s woes by getting revenge on Southeast Webster-Grand, winning 45-28 in their prep football opener Friday night.

Brock Fisher ran for 167 yards and four touchdowns, Austin Vaughn scampered for 102 yards and another score, and GMG (1-0) turned the tables on last year’s 39-21 season-opening loss to these same Eagles.

Southeast Webster-Grand ended a 53-game losing streak with that outcome while sending GMG’s slide to 26 games. The Wolverines snapped that skid a week later, but the winless ways returned for the final seven games of last season.

GMG got this fall off on the right foot, getting out to a 14-0 lead and never trailing. Vaughn went 44 yards on the Wolverines’ first play, Fisher scampered 61 yards with their second snap, and Bridger Claassen connected with Bryce Newcomb for a 53-yard scoring pass.

Despite their offensive successes, the Wolverines led 21-20 at the half. GMG outscored its host 24-8 after the intermission, however, to put this game away.

“At halftime it looked like they were a little shaken up, but we had a nice talk and got them fired up,” said GMG first-year coach Mike Spurlin. “We corrected a few things and some of our halftime adjustments really worked well. Offensively we were able to counteract what (Southeast Webster-Grand) did.

“Everybody was really happy with the win. They all looked relieved.”

Fisher’s touchdown runs of 31, 20 and 35 yards in the second half put the Wolverines out front for good, and Vaughn’s 47-yard field goal was the finishing touch on the win.

“Brock ran hard, he got into the secondary and made a couple good cuts,” Spurlin noted. “He’s got a couple moves and once he gets into the open, he’s pretty good.”

Fisher carried just 13 times for his 167 yards, while Vaughn toted the ball 12 times for his 102 yards. Claassen completed 2-of-4 passes for 56 yards, with Newcomb making both catches.

Luke Petty picked off two Eagles passes and Trent Geiken also had an interception for the GMG defense. Lane Williams and Alec Bovenmyer both led with seven tackles, and Fisher added six more.

“We took a big step toward what we wanted to accomplish, but it’s still just a baby step,” added Spurlin.

The Wolverines play their home opener next week, entertaining North Mahaska (0-1) at 7 p.m. Friday in Garwin.