You can’t always see a victory on the scoreboard.
This spirit and attitude was exemplified when the Eagle River Wolves played the Bartlett Golden Bears in girls flag football on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Bartlett. After the game, team captain Corey Frazier, who scored both of the Wolves touchdowns said, “Our goal for this game was to score a touchdown, and we got two! It’s really a big thing.” A victory.
The first half ended with Eagle River down 12-0, but they started the third quarter strong. Frazier scored and the Wolves were now on the board. The extra point was no good, and the Wolves were trailing by six. As time was winding down in the third period, an excellent running play executed by Nicole Bedwell got the Wolves in scoring position.
The fourth quarter opened with Fraizer scoring her second touchdown of the game. Her team ran excellent blocking, and though the extra point was again denied, the score now was tied at 12-12.
Another victory for the Wolves.
The Wolves defense was tough, they stopped the charging Bears on their own 10 yard line and the offense took over on downs. The Wolves started moving the ball up field.
With two minutes remaining, Wolves quarterback Kamryn Perry threw an interception ending Eagle River’s chances to score. But a strong Wolves defense stalled the advancing Golden Bears on the first three downs on their next possession. However, the Bears got a critical first down on the next play, keeping their drive alive. Bartlett scored on a running play but did not convert the extra point making the score 18-12.
The Wolves took over with 45 seconds remaining, but couldn’t muster a first down.
The ball went to Bartlett, who’s quarterback took a knee on the subsequent snap, ending the game.
First year head coach, David Richards stated after the game, “This was our best game all season. I’m definitely very pleased, with both the team’s attitude and effort today.”
Sometimes, victories are measured on one touchdown at a time.
Daniel Shepard is a freelance photojournalist and regular contributor for the ECHO News. He lives and owns a photography business in Eagle River. To learn more about Dan Shepard Photography, visit dan-shepardphotography.com. To reach Dan, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.