Defense highlights opening act as Wolverines stuff GFW


Doing it with defense! That was the case for Sibley East’s footballers on Friday. The Wolverines kicked off their 2010 campaign by blanking Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 21-0 at Arlington.

Sibley East kept the Thunderbirds’ rushing attack at bay throughout the game while on offense the Wolverines took advantage of some GFW miscues.

It proved to be a team effort for Sibley East on defense as 16 different players dotted the tackle chart. “We tackled pretty well and did lots of gang tackling,” coach Chuck Hartman said. “I thought our guys played unselfish but aggressive defense. We didn’t allow any big plays and had kind of the bend but don’t break theory.”

GFW’s errant snap on a punt attempt set up Sibley East’s first touchdown. The ball sailed over the punter’s head and was recovered by Miah DuFrane on the two-yard line. Sibley East quarterback Lucas Herd would eventually sneak it in from a yard out for the team’s first touchdown of the season. Dalton Webster then added the first of his three extra points to give the black and gold a 7-0 first quarter lead.

Sibley East would turn another GFW turnover into points in the second stanza. Senior McKoy Rodning forced a fumble that was recovered by teammate Mike Boe. Junior running back Logan Reid then provided the payoff. He snapped off a 29-yard run for a touchdown. Webster’s kick was again good and the Wolverines waltzed into halftime with a 14-0 advantage.

Another big play defensively would all but seal the deal for Sibley East in the third quarter. Defensive back Tyler Pasvogel stepped in front of a GFW pass and returned it nearly 50 yards. Pasvogel, a junior, would then get the call on offense and he scampered into paydirt from five yards out. Webster would make it 3 for 3 on extra points and Sibley East found itself with a rare three touchdown lead over GFW.

“The interception and return by Pasvogel was a huge play,” Hartman said. “That kind of sealed up the game.”

GFW’s best scoring opportunity came late in the game but Sibley East kept the shutout intact. This marked the first time the Wolverines have shutout the T-Birds since the two teams renewed their rivalry in 2004. It was only the second time Sibley East has defeated GFW.

“It’s definitely nice to kick off the season with a win,” Hartman said. “We obviously played well defensively but we lacked a bit of consistency on offense.”

Rodning led all Sibley East defenders with ten tackles, six of which were solo. “He was all over the place,” coach Hartman said of Rodning. Pasvogel and Kyle Goetsch added eight tackles for the Wolverines. Other top tacklers included Isia Flores (7), Tanner Walsh (6) and Robert Harter (6).

Reid highlighted offensive action with 16 carries for 130 yards and a touchdown. Pasvogel and Herd rushed for 29 and 27 yards respectively.

Herd completed one of three passes. That was a ten yard completion to Flores.

“I thought Lucas did a great job of managing the game in his first start as quarterback,” coach Hartman said. “Our offensive line also came off the ball well and opened some huge holes.”

Sibley East, 1-0, will open Minnesota River Conference (MRC) play Friday at Norwood Young America. For a preview on that game, see story below.

NYA backfield will test Sibley East “D” this week

A shifty veteran running back and a second year starter at quarterback. That is what Sibley East’s footballers will face Friday when they travel to Norwood Young America for the start of Minnesota River Conference (MRC) play.

Sibley East coach Chuck Hartman said NYA is a fast team with one of the conference’s best tailbacks in Taz Siebert. The senior is an excellent back with great speed and agility, Hartman explained. Siebert started at running back for NYA as a freshman.

Hartman also said NYA will feature good offensive and defensive lines and “active” linebackers. And Raiders quarterback Neil Oftelie, a returning starter, is “pretty good too,” according to Hartman.

NYA opened its season with a win over Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted.

Kickoff on Friday is set for 7:00 p.m.