VALPARAISO | Bishop Noll scored two quick touchdowns to grab the lead in the third quarter against Boone Grove, and the Wolves responded with two quick scores of their own.
Cody Poynter scored on runs of 42 and 17 yards in a span of less than three minutes, as the Wolves rallied for a 21-19 win over the Warriors on Saturday night in a game played at Valparaiso University’s Brown Field.
“We went right back to running the ball, pounding it right at them, and that’s what took over the game,” Boone Grove coach Tony Tinkel said.
Poynter’s 17-yard score with six seconds remaining in the third quarter put the Wolves (2-0) ahead for good. The score came two plays after Boone Grove forced a three-and-out from the Warriors.
Poynter finished with 214 yards on 30 carries and three touchdowns.
“Right now, he’s carrying us,” Tinkel said. “The kid is tough. He will carry the ball as many times as we ask him. He is our heart and soul right now.”
After the Warriors took a 19-7 lead with 3:38 left in the third quarter, the Wolves needed just two plays to cut into the deficit. Poynter followed up a 21-yard run by quarterback Dean Hill with a 43-yard score in which Poynter cut across the field, to put the Wolves with in five points at 19-14.
“I was frustrated (by two fumbles), but I knew I had to pick up our team and score those touchdowns,” Poynter said.
Anthony Mayers had two touchdowns within 1:16 of each other to give the Warriors (0-2) the lead. His first score came from two yards out. The second score came after Brayden Banske returned an interception to the Boone Grove 1-yard line.
Mayers carried 21 times for 97 yards and the two touchdowns.
The Wolves finished with a 339-178 edge in total yards, but committed three turnovers, including two fumbles, and also missed a field goal.
Boone Grove ran 18 plays in the second quarter for 124 yards and did not put up a single point on the scoreboard.
Poynter put the Wolves up 7-0 after the opening drive with a one-yard score.
Austin Solis capped a seven-play, 65-yard drive with a 12-yard quarterback draw to get the Warriors on the scoreboard early in the second quarter. He rolled to his right, spun away from a hit, and then went up the middle into the end zone.