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Wetmore Cardinals Fly to 2-0 With Week Two Win Over Onaga
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

92.1 KMZA broadcast - Onaga at Wetmore - click here to listen 

Through two weeks of the high school football season the Wetmore Cardinals can be best described as a team that's full of confidence and a team that knows how to take advantage of opportunities. The Cardinals are 2-0 to open the 2017 after taking down Onaga 62-36 after falling to the Buffaloes last year by nearly 50 points. 

The night started with a strong eight play drive of 60 yards by Onaga that included a fourth down conversion and finished with a 25-yard touchdown run by Tanner Marten and led 8-0 after the two-point conversion with 8:21 in the first quarter. Wetmore had a big answer as Kyler Vance flew down the field 70-yards for a kickoff return touchdown but the two-point conversion was unsuccessful so Onaga still held the lead at 8-6. Onaga once again moved the ball effectively on their second offensive drive led by Marten again who punctuated a 10 play drive with a 19-yard touchdown run making it 14-6. 

With 9:41 on the clock in the second quarter Wetmore found the endzone on offense for the first time as Joel Hutfles hit Ethan Osterhaus for a 17-yard touchdown pass and with the two-point conversion tied the game at 14-14. The Cardinals, Vance then recovered a Buffalo fumble on the next Onaga drive the first of six Buffalo turnovers in the game and it led to points for Wetmore as Hutfles scampered in from 33-yards out to get the touchdown giving Wetmore the 20-14 lead. Onaga came back with a scoring drive as Marten tossed a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jaiden Kolterman and the game was tied again this time at 20-20. The Buffaloes appeared to be on the way to taking the lead at the half but Chanler Morfitt tipped a option pitch and intercepted it with one minute remaining in the first half. Cardinals deep in their in own territory Wetmore orchestrated a scoring drive just before the half as Hutfles capped in with a five-yard touchdown run making it 26-20 entering the half. 

After ending the first half strong Wetmore opened the second half strong too as Hutfles continue his great performance with a 61-yard kickoff return touchdown making it 32-20 and the Cardinals led by double figures the rest of the way. Vance found the endzone on a five-yard run and with two-point conversion it was 40-20 Wetmore with 5:14 remaining in the third. Kolterman intercepted a Wetmore pass and returned it 33-yards to set up a Marten six-yard touchdown run for Onaga to cap the scoring in the third quarter. Early in the fourth Huftles found Osterhaus for a 29-yard touchdown pass, while Marten tossed a 39-yard score to Aaron Schwartz and that made it a 10-point game at 46-36 with 11:23 remaining in the game. Wetmore punctuated the game with two more scores a 40-yard run by Vance for a touchdown and 38-yard scoring run by Huftles coming after a Osterhaus interception leading to the 62-36 win. 

Wetmore in the win had Huftles run for 225 yards on 24 carries with three scores, while going 3-7 for 53 yards with two touchdowns, a kickoff return score and an interception on defense earning him Community National Bank "Player to Bank On" on KMZA. Vance added around 100 yards rushing with two scores and a kick return touchdown, also. The Cardinal defense captured six Onaga turnovers and now 14 in the first two games of the season, while Wetmore's offense has scored 122 points in the first two games of the season, while having scored only 142 points in nine games last year. 

In the loss Marten led Onaga with 289 yards rushing on 32 carries with three touchdowns and was 6-9 for 87 yards and two scores. Schwartz caught three passes for 84 yards and touchdown as the Buffaloes offense posted 478 yards of total offense but had six turnovers. 

With the win Wetmore is 2-0 to start the year and travel to Linn next week, while Onaga is 0-2 to open the year and will look for their first win when they travel to Rural Vista next week. 

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