E-M Win Streak Ends At 31

Published on Tuesday, 13 October 2015 20:39
Written by thenebraskasigna

Story by Leesa K. Bartu, Exeter Correspondent

It was a long ride home for Timberwolves Friday night in more than one way.  The 5-0 Exeter-Milligan team suffered its first loss in three seasons against a tough Falls City Sacred Heart team.
FCSH was 4-1 on the season losing their opener to North Andrew High School (Rosendale, Mo.).  The Timberwolves had fought off some tough teams to bring their season to 5-0 ranked No. 1 in the D-2 field with FCSH just trailing in the number two spot.
In the end, the Irish, which own the longest winning streak in Nebraska high school football history at 87 from 1989-1995, would halt E-M's winning streak at 31 straight.
The T-wolves received the kick-off and Sam Zeleny returned the ball for 31 yards but the Timberwolves were unable to convert a third and five to a first down and punted to the Irish.  The Irish put the first score up on the board with 6:32 left in the first quarter.
The Timberwolves benefited from a few Irish penalties before Zeleny recovered an Irish fumble (the ball was pitched backwards) and Zeleny swooped in and carried it down field for six points.  Exeter-Milligan was unable to complete the extra point.
 Irish player Bailey Witt ran in for the next touchdown for the Falls City team on a four yard run for six and then the extra points.
The T-wolves were right back in it with Zeleny hitting Trevor Luzum for 15 yard pass gain and a first down. After E-M coach Dean Filipi called a time out, Zeleny called his own number and ran in for a touchdown. He later passed to Luzum for the extra two.  The homestanding Irish were still up 16-14.
 The Irish added another score to make it 24-14.  The Irish had the ball again with a five-yard penalty for delay of game.  Second and 15 for the Irish and they tried a pass, which fell incomplete but penalty flags were thrown as an Irish player had E-M’s Cameron White by the pads and wouldn’t let go after the whistle, White reacted and the referees called a personal foul and ejected White.
After the 15 yard penalty, the Irish completed a pass for 22 yards to Arnold with Zeleny making the stop.  Witt headed into the end zone for the Irish with 2:18 left in the half making the score 30-14.  The extra points attempt failed.
The Timberwolves weren’t able to add any points to the score before the half.
Kirby Soukup took over the kick-off duties after the half.  The Irish had a holding penalty on the kick-off and made a few yards on third and one.  FCSH had an illegal procedure call and turned the ball over to the Timberwolves.
On the kick-off, Timberwolf Sean Maxson was injured.  The Timberwolves weren’t able to move the ball and the third quarter began to slip away with neither team making any progress.  At 2:56 in the third quarter, Wick scored another six points but fumbled the extra point attempt.
Zeleny completed a pass for a gain of nine to Luzum and a first down before he hit Eric Olsen for a pick up and Jack Dinneen but the T-wolves couldn’t convert. The Irish had three and out before Exeter-Milligan took possession again but this time, Zeleny and Luzum both carried and Luzum crossed the goal line for six, bringing the score to 36-20.  The two-point conversion was stopped.
The Irish marched down the field and put six more points on the board but the Timberwolves stopped the extra point.  At the kick-off, Zeleny bobbled the ball but recovered it and made a 48 yard run but his pass was later intercepted and a face mask was called on the Exeter-Milligan squad.
Witt hit Arnold with a 44 -yard throw and the Irish posted another six on the board.
After the ball was turned over to Exeter-Milligan, they marched down the field with Luzum and Zeleny connecting for another six points  Colton Bossaller carried the ball for the extra points but the Irish stopped the run.
The final was 42-26 with Falls City Sacred Heart ending the Timberwolves record-setting win streak.  Exeter-Milligan will travel to Meridian this week.
Zeleny went 8-for-19 through the air for 96 yards and two scores.  The E-M quarterback also carried the ball 12 times for 92 yards.  Luzum rushed eight times for 41 yards and Maxson had 23 yards on eight carries.  Dinneen hauled in two passes for 48 yards and Luzum had four catches for 29 yards.  Maxson snagged one pass for 15 yards and Olsen had a four-yard catch.
Luzum paced the defense with 11 tackles and Johnathon Mounce had 10.5.