MT. IRON – The loss of Timberwolves’ standout senior running back Dalton Schreffler put some new Ely faces in the offensive limelight, and freshman Jason Kerntz and sophomore Mason Davis made the …
MT. IRON – The loss of Timberwolves’ standout senior running back Dalton Schreffler put some new Ely faces in the offensive limelight, and freshman Jason Kerntz and sophomore Mason Davis made the most of their increased workload even as Ely fell 52-22 to Cherry this past Friday.
“Schreffler was our feature back,” said Coach Cory Lassi, “and we changed things up on offense to get the ball to more guys.” Schreffler suffered a broken leg in the team’s Oct. 4 match-up with Northeast Range and is out for the season.
Ely and Cherry met on the new Mt. Iron-Buhl football field, and while the Wolves showed spark at times, they couldn’t keep pace with the Tigers’ potent offense.
Cherry put the first points on the board, after Ely’s opening possession fizzled, leaving the Tigers up 6-0.
But Ely took the lead on their next possession, as Kerntz broke free for a 54-yard scoring run. When Davis took in the conversion, Ely briefly led 8-6.
Cherry scored on their next possession, however, and never looked back. They scored again in the first quarter to take a 20-8 lead and added eight more early in the second quarter to pull away 28-8.
After that score, Kerntz, who had 88 yards on 13 carries for the night, took the ensuing kick-off 75 yards to the end zone to keep Ely in the game.
But the Tigers scored twice more before halftime and took a 44-14 lead into the locker room.
Cherry scored the only points in the third quarter, a 20-yard touchdown pass, to take a 52-14 lead.
On the first series of the fourth quarter, Ely quarterback Bryce Longwell scored on a one-yard keeper, with a conversion run by Davis to give the Wolves 22 points for the night.
Lassi noted that Schreffler’s loss was evident on defense. “We were the most undisciplined of all season on our assignments,” he said. “All nine men have a job to do. We stress that in practice all the time, and will address that this week as we look to close out the regular season with a home win.”
Kerntz led the Timberwolves with nine tackles. Davis and Josh Larson each had eight tackles.
Ely was set to finish the regular season Wednesday night, hosting Lake of the Woods, as the Timberjay went to press. Play-off seeding was to be announced on Thursday, according to Lassi. “It looks like we could be the sixth seed and have a rematch with Cherry on Tuesday, Oct. 22. at Mt. Iron again,” he said.