|Huge night for Sean May leads to Wildcat Homecoming victory|
By Travis McConnell
The Wallace Wildcats got back into the win column Friday night with a physical defensive effort and a huge offensive night from senior Sean May, as they defeated the Wauneta-Palisade Broncos, 50-20.
The Wildcats started the game shorthanded due to injuries to Shawn Christensen and Lane Scott, so May was asked to shoulder a much larger role than normal on offense. And did May ever deliver, with 407 rushing yards on 22 carries, six rushing touchdowns and three two-point conversions.
May had a hand in all 50 Wildcat points as he also threw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Doell and a two point conversion pass to Landon Swedberg.
May took little time to get going in this game, as he carried the ball on all three Wallace plays on their first drive. May took a direct snap from center and scored his first touchdown from 41 yards out to give the Wildcats an early 6-0 lead.
Wauneta-Palisade forced the Wildcat defense to bend on their next possession, driving to the Wildcat 15-yard line. The Wallace defense did not break however and Tyler McCoy stopped the Bronco’s Bo Fanning inches short of a first down on fourth and one.
The Wildcat defense responded following a fumbled exchange that gave the Broncos a first and 10 at the Wallace 26-yard line. Once again the Wildcat defense came up big, stopping Fanning short on fourth and one.
The Wildcats used six plays to take the ball to the Bronco 37-yard line at the end of the first quarter.
On the first play of the second quarter May found Doell behind the Bronco secondary. May’s pass was a little underthrown, but Doell jumped over the Bronco defender to take the ball away and then stumbled into the endzone for a touchdown. May ran in the two-point conversion to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead with 11:50 to play in the first half.
The Broncos turned the ball over on downs again at the Wallace 19-yard line and the Wildcats used six plays to cover the 61 yards to the endzone and extend their lead to 22-0.
Big plays on the drive included a 23- yard pass to Landon Swedberg, a 28-yard run by May and a three yard touchdown dive by May.
After forcing a punt, the Wildcats took over at their own 17-yard line late in the first half. The Wildcats needed little time though, as May scored from 63 yards out on first down to make the score 28-0.
The Wildcats started the second half with the ball and struck quickly on a 55-yard touchdown run by May. May added the two-point conversion to make the score 36-0, 18 seconds into the second half.
Wauneta-Palisade put together their best drive of the game, marching 52 yards in eight plays to cut the lead to 36-8. Fanning capped the drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. Reese West added the two-point conversion.
Two plays later, May dashed any hope of a Bronco comeback with a 51-yard touchdown run with 6:11 to play in the third quarter. The touchdown gave the Wildcats a 42-8 lead.
Just like they had done on the first play of the second and third quarters, the Wildcats scored on the first play of the fourth quarter. This time on a 26-yard run by May. May added the two point conversion to give the Wildcats a 50-8 lead with 11:53 to play in the game.
Chris Bartels caught two touchdown pass on the next two Bronco possessions to make the final score 50-20.
With the win the Wildcats improve to 3-2 on the season.
The Wildcats will travel to Hayes Center Friday to take on the Cardinals. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.