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Something had to give in the battle of two winless teams.
Clearwater-Orchard and Elgin Public/Pope John clashed Friday night with a potential season-changing win at stake. Fortunately for the Cyclones, they were able to get the best of the Wolfpack, winning decisively 62-0.
The Cyclones scored early and never looked back. They put up 14 points in the first quarter before adding 28 points in the second quarter to take a 42-0 lead into halftime.
The Wolfpack was unable to find themselves at halftime, as they allowed Clearwater-Orchard to score 20 more points in the second half without countering with a score of their own.
The Wolfpack biggest struggles came offensively, as they were unable to account for a positive total offensive yards total. Quarterback Conor Ramold threw for three yards through the air on three completions, but he was held to -15 yards on the ground.
Kyle Schumacher was able to churn out positive yards on the ground for the Wolfpack, accounting for 26 yards on 10 carries.
Defensively, it was linemen Liam Heithoff and Miles Schrage that led the way for the Wolfpack, recording 16 and 15 total tackles, respectively.
For Clearwater-Orchard, running back Creston Bertschinger was all over the place, collecting 117 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. His longest completion was for 44 yards to Travis Kerkman, who collected two passes for 51 yards and a touchdown.
Blake Hoke had a great game through the air, completing eight of his 12 attempts for 128 yards and four touchdowns.
On the defensive end, Kerkman had 9 total tackles, including two tackles for loss. He combined with Clay Thiele for a sack. Hoke and Bertschinger each brought in an interception for the Cyclone defense.
Cyclones Coach Jeff Shabram said the team was "excited" for the win. "We have a really young team, and they're hungry. They were very hungry, and it was good to see everyone on the team have some success tonight."
The Cyclones now hope to keep their good fortunes alive as they travel to Ainsworth next Friday.
The Wolfpack will continue to search for their first win of the year when they take on Humphrey/Holy Family next week.