By Pete Rust

Wolves take loss at home from No. 1 Cody


October 21, 2021

David Martin

Dylan Taylor makes an attempt at gaining yardage for the Wolves as the team takes on the Cody Broncs Friday night.

Green River hosted the Cody Broncs, falling to the No. 1 ranked and undefeated defending 3A State Football Champions, 48-20 Friday night. Considering how Cody has dominated every opponent to date, the Wolves may well have played their best game of the season without the services of three of their top players on offense and defense.

Cody won the coin flip to start the game and elected to receive.

After a good kickoff return Cody ran the ball seven times, showing why they lead the State in that category, picking up 62 yards during the drive, with the final run in the drive going for 20 yards and the first score of the game. The Wolves blocked the following kick attempt and kept the Broncs to a 6-0 lead. Green River got a good kickoff return of 20 yards from junior Skyler Lee to start their first drive at their 30-yard line. Unlike past games they did not go three and out and got one first down off a great catch by senior Jacob Schieve from junior quarterback Caleb Lake, but Cody's defense forced a punt by the Wolves' kicker and top receiver, senior Dylan Taylor, who punted to the 39-yard line where Nate Mitchell made the tackle.

On Cody's first play, they got a big run, but the ball was punched out by a Wolves defender and it was recovered by Taylor. The Wolves ran five more plays, but Cody once again forced a punt and the snap to the punter was low. Cody recovered on the Wolves' 14-yard line with a short field to go for a score. Two plays later, the Broncs showed their powerful run game once more and took the ball in on a nine-yard run for an early 12-0 lead. The Broncs lined up and tried for a two-point conversion, but were stopped by the Wolves' defense. On the first play after kickoff, Green River had a bad snap and Cody recovered, this time on their first offensive play. The Broncs gained another very short field and connected on a 19-yard pass play to end with a touchdown. The P.A.T. kick was good this time and the Broncs had a 19-0 lead.

Once again Lee returned the kickoff and the Wolves started their drive at their 20-yard line. The Wolves ran six plays with the big gain a pass from Lake to Taylor, but another bad snap was recovered by Cody. The Wolves' Lee then intercepted a pass on the very next play and the Wolves got the ball back after causing two turnovers by the defending state champions by the beginning of the second quarter. Despite a nice 17-yard run by Lake, the Wolves were unable to mount a drive and Taylor punted once more.

Cody mounted an eight-play drive, but big defensive plays by the Wolves' Gabe Finley and Jackson Mitchell led the Wolves to make a big defensive stop against the top team in 3A.

The Wolves mounted a long drive but were unable to score and Cody ran several plays to get into scoring position, but the Wolves' Taylor intercepted the ball in the end zone to stop Cody's drive and end the half with the Broncs leading 19-0.

The Wolves received the ball in the second half, but another turnover on a fumble on the return let Cody take over once again with great field position. It took just six plays to take the ball in from 5 yards out and with a successful kick, extended the lead 26-0. Cody then showed their powerful running game and six plays later they scored again to make it 33-0. The Wolves' next possession turned the ball over again and Cody had another short field and scored in just three plays to make it 40-0. After the Wolves got nowhere on offense once more, Cody took the ball in once more with its powerful running game and a few big passes to go up 40-0 and then repeated the same pattern, leading to another Cody score and a 48-0 lead.

Green River showed that they were not a team to give up as they scored on their next series with big plays being a 10-yard run by Lake, a completed pass from Lake to Mitchell, then a big pass completion to Taylor for their first score. A missed P.A.T. give the Wolves 6 points.

The Wolves then stopped Cody again, allowing Lake to connect with Taylor for a touchdown. The Wolves once again stopped Cody a third time, leading to a third Wolves touchdown off of a pass from Lake to Schieve. The final score was 48-20.

Lake ended the game with three touchdown passes and 225 yards passing while Taylor his favorite receiver caught two of the touchdown passes.

Final game of the year will be another home game against a ranked opponent as the Wolves finish with the always tough Star Valley Braves.


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