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Traverse City Wolves

July 31, 2009

Defense propels TC Wolves

TC hosts Tri-City tonight at Central

TRAVERSE CITY -- It's too early to know if the old saying "defense wins championships" will be the fate of this year's Traverse City Wolves.

What is known, though, is that defense has been a big reason the Wolves have yet to experience defeat.

After lopsided wins of 33-7 at Ypsilanti and 30-6 at home last week against Chicago, the first-year North American Football League team is 2-0 and riding high on a stingy defensive bunch.

"When we first started practicing last October inside, the field was really small and it was hard to see what we were really like," defensive coordinator Rick Micham said. "I wouldn't say we surprised ourselves with how well we've come out, but there was a lot of unknowns at the beginning of the practice season."

After two games, the first-team defense hasn't allowed a point. Even after Chicago took an interception 103 yards for a touchdown, the TC defense came in to shut down the two-point conversion.

"That's amazing," defensive captain Tyler Alpers said. "It's a great feeling. All of the guys are working hard and flying to the ball. This game was great, because we got our backs against the wall a couple of times and we were able to get turnovers or turnovers on downs. It was great. We were tested and the defense really stepped up."

Tim Ohlert set the tone early against Chicago with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown. It gave the Wolves a 14-0 lead.

"It felt good, because our offense wasn't doing too good at the time and we needed to put up some points on D," Ohlert said. "We blocked a punt on the first one and got our offense a touchdown, and then picked off the second one and got us off to a good start."

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