In a Defensive Battle, The Rangers Pull Out a 14-12 Win

In a Defensive Battle, The Rangers Pull Out a 14-12 Win

Tyler George, FHC Sports Reporter

Defense was the story in this one, as FHC’s Wyatt Engler was the Rangers spark early on.

Wyatt solidified a 14-12 victory with a pick-six with 36 seconds remaining in the first half. The interception put the Rangers up 7-6 heading into the locker room. A touchdown thrown by FHC’s Jimmy Scholler coming with 9:15 left in the game buried the Wild Cats and secured the victory.

FHC’s assistant coach Craig Thornton knew defense would be key for the Rangers in this one.

“Usually, the first game of the season defense is easier to install and you don’t see as many high scoring games to start the year,” Thornton said.

The Rangers racked up the turnovers with two interceptions by Wyatt and one by freshman Isaac Shomin.

“I think one of the biggest plays was the interception by Wyatt in the end zone. That really turned the momentum of the game,” Thornton said.

Wyatt was one of many defensive playmakers for the Rangers, but his presence stood out as a little more evident than anyone else’s.

“Our defense played a very big role. We had three turnover-on-downs and three interceptions so it was a big part of our win,” Wyatt said.

The Ranger defense held the Wild Cats to only one touchdown, their other touchdown came from a pick-six. Rangers Quarterback Jimmy Scholler had it easy behind center tonight with some of the scoring duties taken away from the offense.

Although the Ranger defense was the story, Jimmy’s solo passing touchdown coming in the fourth quarter was the dagger.

“The defense plays a huge role and it also helps when your defense gives you a ton of turnovers,” Jimmy said.

Although Jimmy was happy with the victory, he knows that they need to refocus and prepare for next Wednesday at West Ottawa.

“As a team, we need to be careful about penalties and the other team converting on third downs in order to see more success,” Jimmy said.