Patriots keep rolling

(Jeff Moberg photos) Ben Stoddard hands off to Caleb Bush.
(Jeff Moberg photos)
Ben Stoddard hands off to Caleb Bush.

The Upton-Sundance Patriots used a dominating defensive performance over Burlington on Friday to keep their perfect record intact. The Patriot defense kept the visiting Huskies out of the end-zone throughout the contest while the offensive effort notched 31 points in the effort. Defensively, Rourke McPeters, Lane Carter, Wyatt Burr and Trace Steele led the team with McPeters and Steele each recovering a fumble.
On the offensive side, the bulk of the scoring came from another strong rushing performance but it was an 8 yard pass from Ben Stoddard to Caleb Bush early in the second quarter that started the Patriot scoring machine. Skyler Wagaman booted the extra point to put the home team up 7-0.  A Burlington fumble on their ensuing possession opened the door for the Patriots again and Jett Materi scampered 20 yards into the endzone for another score. The Patriots kept the pressure on as they held the Huskies in check and got the ball back. This time it was Caleb Bush who broke loose for a 57 yard run and upped the deficit to 19-0. The Patriots kept it going with another score off a Materi rush that covered 34 yards, moving the score to 25-0 as the first half ended. Materi found the endzone midway through the third as he posted the game’s final score with a three yard touchdown run.
Materi finished Friday’s contest with a total of 153 rushing yards followed by Bush with 99, Wagaman with 18, Thomas Davis with 12, and Stoddard with 4.
Coach Andy Garland noted he was pleased with the team’s effort and a heartfelt win. “I thought our defense played really well. I think the stats show that but I was real happy for our kids”, he noted. “They remembered what last year was like after we played them and getting beat pretty bad. So I was proud of all our kids and how they performed.”
Next up for the undefeated Patriots is a string of important 1A East conference games which will set the course for the state playoffs in a few weeks. This Friday they travel south to Yoder to take on the Southeast Cyclones who come in at 2-2 and are coming off a 57-6 victory over Wind River last weekend. “This week is a big game for us so we need to continue to get better and get ready for a tough 3 weeks,” noted Garland as the Pats’ schedule sees them in Lusk the following week and home (Upton) against Lingle-Ft. Laramie on the 18th. “It should be a lot of fun,” he added.

Lane Carter and Skyler Wagaman make a tackle during Friday’s game.
Lane Carter and Skyler Wagaman make a tackle during Friday’s game.