Traverse City Record-Eagle

July 27, 2009

Wolves win in home debut

Szymoniak scores three TDs in 30-6 victory


TRAVERSE CITY -- A sold-out crowd at Traverse City Central High School watched the TC Wolves earn a 30-6 win over Chicago in their home debut.

"It was exactly what we planned from the beginning," owner and head coach Daniel Skibbe said. "This town is great and they like football. If you put a good product on the field, they will come watch."

The Wolves moved to 2-0 with the win after giving up just one touchdown in each of the victories.

Chicago's score Saturday came on a 103-yard interception return with time winding down in the first half.

The score made it 14-6 Traverse City at the break, but the Wolves came back with 16 points to put the game away.

"We've been saying from the very beginning that our defense is our strong suit," Skibbe said. "They kept us in the ball game and let our offense make adjustments to get the victory."

DJ Szymoniak had three touchdowns for TC, carrying the ball 11 times for 62 yards. Tim Ohlert also had a score on a 25-yard interception return while Pablo Bocardo kicked a field goal.

"I was very happy with the physical nature of the game," Skibbe said. "They're a big, physical team and we knew we were going to take a pounding. But we stood to the challenge early and sustained drives in the second half to work the clock."

Ryan Brown and Joe Bagley each had six tackles for Traverse City while Darnell Wilson, Tyler Alpers, Zach Beeler, Ohlert and Ryan Brown each recorded a sack.

The Wolves will stay at home for next week's game against Tri-City. Kickoff is 7 p.m. There are still some tickets available for the contest.