Traverse City Record-Eagle

August 3, 2009

Wolves 3-0 after rout of Tri-City

Thunder missing half of team due to border issues


TRAVERSE CITY -- Saturday's win over Tri-Cities was so convincing that the Traverse City Wolves are paying for it.

Well, sort of.

After a 58-2 rout of Ontario-based Tri-City in the Thunder was without about half of its roster due to border issues, the Wolves said anyone with a ticket stub from Saturday's game that attends the next home game on Aug. 15 will get in for only $6 instead of $10.

Wolves coach Daniel Skibbe said the same thing won't happen when TC travels to Ontario next Saturday to take on the Thunder in a rematch.

"Our documentation is all set and has been in place since November," he said.

The win improved the Wolves to 3-0 and continued the team's streak of not giving up a double-digit scoring effort to an opponent all season. Tri-City drops to 0-3.

The Thunder actually led 2-0 after a botched snap on the Wolves' first drive resulted in a safety, but it was all Traverse City from there.

"After that, we got rolling and were just fine," Skibbe said. "We were able to get our second string guys in there and get them some valuable playing experience."

The Wolves led 42-2 at halftime.

Receiver Nick Carlson scored on touchdowns of 45 and 25 yards, fullback Jessie Kethman scored his first two touchdowns ever -- even in high school -- with a 14-yard TD catch and an 11-yard scoring run. Will Conklin added a 28-yard touchdown run, fullback D.J. Szymoniak ran for a 46-yard score and for the second week in a row, Tim Ohlert returned an interception for a touchdown.

Quarterback Will Moran was 5-for-9 passing for 135 yards and three touchdowns, while backup Steve Konsella came in and went 2-for-3 for 12 yards.

Joe Badgley and Ryan LaDouce combined on a fourth-quarter sack for a safety, as the defense held the Thunder without a first down and negative-12 yards of total offense.

"We brought out 11 fresh (players) every new set of downs," Skibbe said. "The backups were able to run the defense very well."

NOTEBOOK: After two consecutive capacity games, the Wolves have added a standing-room area to the field at Traverse City Central High School. ... The team also has a ticket office located at the field that is open each Friday from 3-7 p.m. and on game days starting at 2 p.m.