Wolves Fall to Vipers for Second Straight Year

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Wolves Fall to Vipers for Second Straight Year

DLs Hunter Hewitt (95) and Ben Bell (99) rush Vandegrift QB Dru Dawson on Aug. 31.

DLs Hunter Hewitt (95) and Ben Bell (99) rush Vandegrift QB Dru Dawson on Aug. 31. "We were just playing for each other trying to get the ball in the offense's hands," Bell said.

Photo by Aja Steiner

DLs Hunter Hewitt (95) and Ben Bell (99) rush Vandegrift QB Dru Dawson on Aug. 31. "We were just playing for each other trying to get the ball in the offense's hands," Bell said.

Photo by Aja Steiner

Photo by Aja Steiner

DLs Hunter Hewitt (95) and Ben Bell (99) rush Vandegrift QB Dru Dawson on Aug. 31. "We were just playing for each other trying to get the ball in the offense's hands," Bell said.

Justin Ballou, Reporter

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The Timberwolves opened their 2019 season on Friday, Aug. 31 at Monroe Stadium, home of the rival Vandegrift Vipers. The Vipers shut out the Wolves and ultimately came away with a 17-0 victory.

“It felt great to get back on the field,” Senior Safety Tammer Alzer said. “It’s a new season and a new team. We just need to fix our mistakes and we’ll be great this year.”

Junior QB Ryder Hernandez and the offense as a whole had a rough night; the majority of the drives ended in three-and-outs. The flags were flying all night long on the Wolves, killing any momentum they might have had.

“We just need to keep our heads up and keep grinding it out,” Hernandez said. “We know we have a good squad.”

On the defensive side of the ball, the Black Rain was lights out. Senior LB Will Lovell picked off a pass at midfield in the fourth quarter that swung the momentum Cedar Park’s way, as the defense busted out their “Turnover Belt” for the first time this season. The defensive line was able to generate pressure all night long, led by Senior DE Ben Bell, who said he finished with one sack, three QB hurries and around 10 tackles.

“The atmosphere was really fun,” Bell said. “We were just playing for each other, trying to get the ball in the offense’s hands.”

Vandegrift Quarterback Dru Dawson connected with Wide Reciever Trey Mongauzy for a 59-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. Other than that play, the defense was as good as it could’ve been.

One of the highlights from the game was a fake punt, similar to the one run in last year’s playoffs. Senior Punter Tammer Alzer connected with Senior TE Brock Johnson on a huge play on fourth down, again giving the offense favorable field position.

“[Vandy] knew it was coming, but I tried to expand the play and found Johnson wide open for a first down,” Alzer said. “We feel it was a momentum changer but we [ultimately] fell short.”

Moving forward, Cedar Ridge comes to town Sept. 6 followed by an away game at San Angelo Central and then a home matchup with Katy Cinco Ranch. In week five, the games really start to matter as district play begins.

“We just need to fix some things and put the pieces together,” Hernandez said. “When that happens, we’ll be dangerous.”