by Scott Boyle
The Buckaroos got their first football win of the season Friday night in Monticello, running over the Wayne Badgers, 35-0. The Bucks, effectively mixing the run and the pass used two sustained drives and two turnovers to score the ball, enjoyed a successful night early, building a 28-0 lead at halftime and scoring on their first possession of the second half and then turned the game over to the youngsters on the team.
The Bucks rushed for 89 yards in 19 attempts in that first half and were seven for eleven in the passing department for 105 yards to effectively put the game away. The Bucks started on defense and immediately forced a turnover when Talon Black gave the Bucks good field position with a fumble recovery on the MHS 36. But the Bucks couldn’t capitalize and were forced to punt. The Buck defense stopped the Wayne offense on a fourth and four, getting the ball back on their own 22 yard line.
Then, they got the offense working with a sustained drive of 78 yards culminating in a 12 yard touchdown pass from QB Brayson Wilcox to fellow junior Max Hedglin. Talon Black added the extra point and the Bucks lead 7-0 just seconds into the second quarter. The key play in the 10-play drive was a 32 yard catch and run by Hedglin on a pass from Wilcox that got the Bucks to the Badger 15 yard line.
On the next possession, after Black put the Bucks in great field position with a 14 yard punt return, the Bucks went 63 yards in 11 plays to score again. A Thomas Anderson dive from two yards out and it was 14-0 after the Black PAT with 3:13 left in the half. The Bucks ran and passed effectively with Wilcox hitting Black for a 20 yards and Spencer Knudsen for 10 in the drive with the running backs adding 20 yards on the ground.
Lightning then struck for the Bucks as they would score two more times before halftime. The defense forced a three and out along with a short punt and Anderson capitalized immediately, rambling 36 yards to the Wayne six-yard line on the first play after the punt. Wilcox then found Keaton Young in the endzone with a nice pass and the Bucks were up 21-0 with 1:32 left. Anderson then did his defensive thing with a pass interception that he returned 16 yards to the 16-yard line just two plays after the TD. A 14-yard pass from Wilcox to Black got the ball to the two-yard line for MHS and two Shandon Bradford dives later, it was 28-0 with 13 seconds showing on the clock.
The Bucks started the second half off on defense. On the second play, Wilcox stepped in front of a Badger pass at the Wayne 20-yard line and returned it to the nine. After a Buckaroo penalty pushed the ball back to the 22, Wilcox and Anderson teamed up for a nifty 22 yard touchdown pass to put the game into the mercy rule just 1:15 seconds into the half. From the younger players took over, getting some good varsity experience.
Wilcox was eight of twelve for 127 yards and three touchdowns on the night as he guided the Buck offense effectively. Anderson ended the night with 63 yards on 12 carries and one touchdown while adding a touchdown through the air with an 22-yard reception from Wilcox. Add in his 16 return yards on his interception and Anderson was over 100 yards in offense for the night. Weston Nebeker picked up 24 yards on nine carries in mop-up action as seven different Buckaroo running backs lugged the rock. Talon Black was the leading receiver with three catches for 42 yards to go with his 14 return yards and six rushing yards. Hedglin continued his fine receiving season with two catches for 43 yards and one touchdown. Young and Knudsen both had one catch each, at 10 yards and a TD for Young and 10 yards for Knudsen. Knudsen was O for two in the passing department in the second half but had eight yards rushing as he took over the QB duties from Wilcox.
The Bucks continue their homestand this Friday with an important but non-region contest against their nemesis of the last two years, the Rich Rebels. See you at Buckaroo field.