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Thunder Mountain Falcons crush Wolves in home football opener, 54-7

TMHS running backs combine for five touchdowns

Posted: August 24, 2014 - 12:12am
Daniel Leblanc-Tweedy evades a Sitka player on Friday night, Aug. 22, 2014 at TMHS field. (Sam Bibb photo)
Daniel Leblanc-Tweedy evades a Sitka player on Friday night, Aug. 22, 2014 at TMHS field. (Sam Bibb photo)

On Friday night at the Thunder Mountain High School football field, it wasn’t offense that started the onslaught against the Sitka Wolves, it was what ended it. TMHS’ first score came on the defensive side of the ball with a 52-yard fumble recovery return by lineman Mason Kullander.

The six touchdowns that followed were all scored by the Falcons’ offense.

“We came back from a hard defeat last week against Nikiski,” TMHS head coach Jeep Rice said of his team’s performance. “We still made some mistakes tonight but we’ve been consistently knocking off mistakes and getting better and better every week.”

Following Kullander’s score, senior quarterback Dylan Taylor capped a long drive with a 9-yard scamper to make the score 14-0 with 4:39 remaining in the first quarter. “We just really wanted to finish today and play to our team’s strengths, not theirs,” Taylor said. “Our team ran into problems last week against Nikiski because we didn’t play our game.”

The longest offensive play of the night came with 58 seconds left in the first quarter when Thunder Mountain running back Q’on Bear-Clark broke through the defense for a 46-yard touchdown run. Bear-Clark was one of five Falcons to reach the end zone by rushing the ball. The others were Dylan Taylor, John Williams, Fletcher Sebans and Brendan Van Kirk. “We’re still a young team,” Coach Rice said. “And young teams make mistakes but to beat a class of team like Soldotna next week we have to make zero mistakes.”

How they scored:

Thunder Mountain- 21 / 14 / 13 /  6 / -54

Sitka- 0 / 0 / 0 / 7 / -7

1st quarter-

(TMHS) 9:53- Mason Kullander 52 yard fumble return (Riley Olson kick) (7-0)

(TMHS) 4:39- Dylan Taylor 9 yard run (Olson kick) (14-0)

(TMHS) :59- Q’on Bear-Clark 46 yard run (Olson kick) (21-0)

2nd quarter-

(TMHS) 10:28- Ryan Mayhew 24 yard pass from Fletcher Sebans (Olson kick) (28-0)

(TMHS) 2:33- John Williams 21 yard run (Olson kick) (35-0)

3rd quarter-

(TMHS) 7:57- Sebans 6 yard run (Olson kick) (42-0)

(TMHS) 4:58- Justin Sleppy 7 yard pass from Cale Jenkins (kick no good) (48-0)

(SHS) :33- Josh Goeden 6 yard run (Brandon Tulcey kick) (48-7)

4th quarter-

(TMHS) 8:50- Brendan Van Kirk 4 yard run (kick blocked) (54-7)

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