WHITEWATER — When Moundridge traveled to Remington for football, two things were known about the outcome of the game — that a team would get their first win of the season, and that a team would win their district opener.
Moundridge was able to hold off a late surge from Remington in a 20-19 ball game that came down to the final minute.
“It feels good to get a win,” said Moundridge coach Jeremiah Meeks. “We have battled, and battled and battled a bunch of injuries. We have played some really good teams and played them close and worked our butts off. It is awesome to get a win. The kids needed it.”
Each team made one big play in the second half, but Moundridge was able to get the win due to big drive — on the Wildcats did not score on.
Trailing by a touchdown to start the half, Remington opened the half with exactly what they needed — a run-heavy scoring drive to take the Broncos first lead of the game. Bronco quarterback Kyle Thiessen capped a four-minute, 56-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run on the ninth play of the quarter. With a point after by Yuri Gonzalez, the Broncos took a 13-12 lead.
That lead would be short-lived, as four plays later Moundridge's Mason Dyck connected with wideout Noah Eichelberger for a 64-yard pass that spotted the ball on the Bronco five. Jerod Kaufman punched the ball in on the next play. The Wildcats converted a two-point play with a Dyck run that gave Moundridge a 20-13 lead.
The Wildcats would hold on the next Remington possession, and following a turnover would hold again. It was at the 10:54 mark of the fourth quarter that Moundridge put together a drive that coach Meeks said was the game-winner — despite not scoring.
Moundridge chewed up nearly six minutes of clock on a 12 play run-oriented drive — throwing the ball just once during the stretch. The Wildcats gave the ball back at the Remington 41 after an incomplete pass
“That was big boy football,” Meeks said. “That was a huge drive … That is what you have to do. We cut that down to five minutes. That wins you a game, and that won us the game. I am super proud of our offensive line.”
Remington would pull a rabbit out of the hat to score a few plays later — a double pitch with a reverse on fourth down at their own 43 resulted in a 57-yard touchdown run for Weston Sommers. Remington chose to go for a two-point conversion, and a possible one-point lead, but was unable to convert.
Remington had one more chance to try and win their homecoming game, taking possession of the ball with 1:40 left to play at their own 46 after a defensive stop. The Broncos drove to the Moundridge 23 yard line over the course of the next minute — using eight plays before the offense stalled.
Yuri Gonzales attempted a 40-yard field goal, but the kick went wide with :45 left to play — all but ending Remington's hope.