When the Mabel-Canton gridiron team got off the bus at Glenville-Emmons (G-E) last Friday, they were ready to play. The Cougars demolished the Wolverines, 60-18, with unstoppable offense and heads-up defense.

After punting on its first possession, Mabel-Canton (M-C) scored on nine of the next 10 times they touched the ball.

With a 21-0 lead, M-C lost a fumble on the G-E 12-yard-line, but Noah Manning intercepted a Wolverine pass on the next play. The only thing that stopped the Cougars thereafter was the end of both halves.

Trailing 28-0, G-E put together one long 81-yard drive to get on the scoreboard in the second quarter capped by a two-yard run by Justice Haines. But it wasn't enough to turn the tide.

Down 41-6 at halftime, the Wolverines did put up two scores in the second half. Haines connected with Dan Charron late in the third quarter for a 12-yard touchdown, and ran in from two yards out in the fourth.

For the guests, Keyser Wenthold often ran untouched, around, and through Glenville-Emmons defenders for 249 yards. The 5-foot-7, 140-pound running back took 11 hand-offs but was only tackled seven times. Wenthold scored on 25, 27, 80 and 41-yard gallops. With three kickoff returns for 41 yards, he had 290 all-purpose yards. On defense, Wenthold also intercepted a Wolverine pass.

Teammate Hunter Johnson rushed for 77 yards including a pair of one-yard touchdowns and scored his third touchdown on a 64-yard pass from Collin O'Bieglo. He also kicked four extra points.

Freshman Wayne Ross ran for 88 yards on 14 carries, including a 10-yard touchdown run. He set up that scoring play by bringing a kickoff back 41 yards. Classmate Weston Whalen scored on a four-yard run and was in on some outstanding defensive plays including a fumble recovery and a sack.

The 436 rushing yard total was a season-best for M-C as was the total yardage of 538. G-E managed 273 yards of total offense.

M-C also surpassed 100 passing yards for the third time with O'Bieglo completing three of five tosses for 102 yards. Two of those completions ended up in the end zone. Besides the 64-yard touchdown, O'Bieglo hit Manning with a two-point conversion pass. Donnie Lind was also on the receiving end of a 35-yard pass.

The M-C defense limited G-E to three for nine in third-down conversions and stopped the Wolverines on all four of their fourth-down plays. G-E punted only once but had four turnovers (two fumbles and two interceptions).

The Wolverines remained winless at 0-7 (0-6 SEC) while the Cougars improved to 4-3 (4-2 SEC) assuring themselves of at least a share of fourth place.

Up next

The regular season ended with a Wednesday road rematch at Spring Grove. See next week's News Record for a complete report on that game.

The section tournament begins on Tuesday, Oct. 22. For M-C, it is expected to be a four-five-seed rematch with Houston on the home field of the highest seed.

The winner will advance to the Saturday, Oct. 26, semi-finals, again hosted by the highest seed. For the first time, the State High School League is requiring section final games (Nov. 1) to be played on artificial turf.

Cougar Individuals

RUSHING (47-436): Keyser Wenthold 11-249, 4TD; Wayne Ross 14-88, TD; Hunter Johnson 17-77, 2 TD; Weston Whalen 4-23, TD; team knee 1-(-1). PASSING: Collin O'Bieglo 3-5-0, 102 yds, TD, PAT. RECEIVING: Hunter Johnson 1-64, TD; Donnie Lind 1-35; Noah Manning 1-3, PAT