UNION TOWNSHIP | A quick start was just the thing for Jake Morris and the Wolves Friday night.
Boone Grove jumped out to a 17-0 halftime lead, and the Wolves held on against Wheeler for a 27-7 season opening win. Morris had two rushing touchdowns for the Wolves.
"It was really the line that did the job," Morris said. "The line did a really good job of making their blocks. And then hitting the holes, having some vision, and power running."
Boone Grove (1-0) got the scoring started when Morris took a 1-yard carry into the end zone to cap a seven-play, 51-yard drive with 8:15 to go in the first. The Wolves added a 9-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Ellis to Niko Kilburg in the second quarter to open up a 14-0 lead. When Ellis needed a play, he found Kilburg, and the senior tight end finished with three catches for 55 yards and one touchdown.
"I was just finding openings in their secondary and things opened up," Kilburg said. "We adjusted to it, and Aaron had some good passes that got to me."
The Wolves' defense was solid all evening, holding the Bearcats to -3 yards rushing in the first half, and 98 total yards of offense in the game. Boone Grove quarterback Ellis finished with 7-12 with 97 yards and one passing touchdown.
"Our guys have worked so hard and put in time," Boone Grove coach Tony Tinkel said. "They've worked for this. That's what we want, good starts, and that's what we had, a good start. From there we just kept the pressure on."
Wheeler (0-1) struggled to move the ball on offense, and two Bearcat fumbles were recovered by the Wolves and led to seven points.
"We had a few mistakes early," Wheeler coach Tony Klimczak said. "Some turnovers, some penalties to stall our drives, and they had a very disciplined offense that continued to move the ball and wore us down a little bit."