September 28, 2017 12:08 PM
Four out of the last five seasons for the Ely football team have resulted in state tournament appearances. In fact, they hadn't lost a regular season game since October of 2014 until last Friday when South Ridge snapped their streak earning a 38-14 victory.
"We were in the game for the first three quarters and part of the way into the fourth quarter," said senior quarterback Carter Gaulke. "We just ran out of gas. We definitely have to work on conditioning and finishing games," he added.
"We did compete with them for most of the game and I think they just beat us out. They had a lot more depth than we had," said senior fullback Blaise Lah.
However, the loss is only a minor speed bump for a team coming off of back-to-back state tournament appearances and who started the season with three wins under their belt.
"I think it humbles us a little bit. I mean we won 19 straight. It's a little bit of a hip check, but I think it's good for us," said senior running back Thomas Montana. "We outscored them (opponents) 126 to 0 throughout our the first three games. Definitely coming off two undefeated seasons in the regular season it was a moral boost for our younger squad this season," he added.
Their younger squad consists of just two returners on both sides of the ball, something that has made the blueprint of this Ely team different than most.
"The last two years we've lost a total of 21 seniors. With a school our size, it is a lot of seniors and a lot of good athletes," said Ely Football Head Coach Brian Lamppa. "We knew that maybe we'd struggle a bit this year, but we got off to that 3-0 start."
Now sitting 3-1 this season, the Timberwolves are aiming to rebound homecoming week against one of their rivals Mountain Iron-Buhl; a team they've beaten the last five seasons straight.
Kick off is set for Friday at 7:00 P.M.
Updated: September 28, 2017 12:08 PM
Created: September 26, 2017 09:07 PM
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