Second Half Jackson Kickoff Return Derails Wolves Express


GREEN RIVER – The Green River Wolves came out strong but an 88-yard Jackson kickoff return to start the second half gave the Broncs the momentum and the win, 26-15.

Jackson entered the game with a strong offense and undefeated on the season. Both teams traded possessions to start the game. With Jackson driving, the Wolves defense forced a fumble which was recovered by Maleek Kalivas.

Green River took over and moved down the field. Tyler Vendetti broke a nice run which moved the Wolves inside the Jackson 10-yard line. Vendetti would go through the air to score the first touchdown of the game giving the Wolves a 7-0 lead.

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It looked like the Wolves would be right back on offense as they forced a Jackson punt on the next possession. A roughing the punter penalty would keep the Broncs alive and on the next play they broke a 65-yard run to even the game at seven.

That would be the way the first half would end as the Wolves defense held Jackson’s offense down. The rain also played a part in the first half as both teams struggled to find a grip on the ball.

Ready to get the second half started, the Wolves kicked off to Jackson to start the half. Jackson took the kick and 88-yards later had the lead. A failed two-point conversion kept the Wolves within six, 13-7.

The return seemed to take the air out of Green River and gave momentum to the Broncs. Offensively, Green River struggled while Jackson added two more scores.

With the fourth quarter winding down, the Wolves finally found a little offense. They moved the ball 68 yards to cut the lead to 26-15 with 1:02 left in the game. The Broncs were able to kneel out the clock to take the win and stay undefeated.

Jackson used the rushing game and finished with 329 yards on the ground. Jackson’s Theo Dawson was huge, rushing for 328 yards with three touchdowns.

Green River’s offense was silent. They finished with a total of 172 yards on the night, 100 through the air and 72 on the ground. Vendetti finished with 60 yards rushing and 55 yards passing.

Chance Hofer added 45 yards passing while Jacob Olsen finished with five catches for 78 yards.

Next week, the Green River Wolves will welcome the top-ranked team Star Valley to Wolves Stadium.