The Mount Baker Wild lost a 49-6 decision to the visiting South Kamloops Titans last weekend, but there was reason to celebrate on the sidelines as the Wild scored their first touchdown of the season.
Wild quarterback Jeremy Stewart aired out a pass to a double-covered Niclas Englert, who ran 66 yards for the touchdown in the third quarter.
Defensive coordinator Steve Zsillei said the team had a great firs quarter and a pretty good first half, but things opened up for the Titans in the second half, even though the Wild got their touchdown in the third quarter.
“For the first half of the football game, we played excellent,” said Zsillei. “For the other half, we were tired—end of year tired.”
The defence was especially sharp in the opening half, according to Zsillei.
“Defensively we shut them down twice in the red zone on their fourth downs,” said Zsillei. “They weren’t respecting us, they were going for fourth downs, they weren’t kicking a field goal.
“That’s a lack of respect and we showed them that they need to respect us, and they did, because after that, they let loose with the cannons.”
The Wild also did a much better job of holding onto the ball, with only one turnover, as opposed to nine from their previous game.
The Wild will host the Westsyde Secondary School out of Kamloops next Saturday at 11 a.m. for the final game of the season.
It will be the last game for the Grade 12’s on the team, as well as the visiting exchange students, and Zsillei hopes that will give them extra motivation.
“For maybe four or five kids, it’s their last game and the Euros, they’re all going back, so I think they’re all going to leave it out on the field,” he said.