The Wildcats beat the Hawks 35-19, and the Wolverines came out on top against the Bruins 13-2 during the men’s competitive football games Oct. 26.
“Both teams came out really tough and played well,” said Chris Bundy, a senior studying recreational management and football coordinator. “Then the Hawks started committing a few turnovers, had a muffed punt, and just general turnovers that put them behind.”
Bundy said that despite the turnovers that hurt the Hawks, if they could have held on to the ball, the game would have been closer.
The Wildcats were close with the Hawks on the scoreboard going into halftime.
After the first half, they made some adjustments and started to pull away from the Hawks.
“We made plays in the second half,” said Reed George, sportsmanship player of the game for the Wildcats and a freshman studying plant and wildlife ecology. “We didn’t make the same mistakes that we did in the first half, and we put good pressure on their quarterback.”
The Wolverines took the lead early against the Bruins and held onto it until the end.
“The Bruins just weren’t getting their run game going,” Bundy said. “Opening their run game would help out their passing a lot.”
Bundy said that the game was exciting, even though it wasn’t reflected in the score.
He said that the high turnover rate by both teams meant a lot of pace changes that both teams had to try and keep with.
“I feel like we did a lot better than they did on capitalizing on turnovers,” said Derrick Buys, a sophomore studying exercise physiology and Wolverines player.
There were missed opportunities on the field for the Bruins, missed opportunities where the Wolverines took advantage, sealing the game by a 17-point margin.
“I told our guys before we started that there is no secret formula to be successful in football,” said Daniel Evans, coach of the Bruins and a senior studying business management and finance.
Evans said that for the teams who didn’t come away with a win, it’s all about focusing on the successes. He said that teams can still learn and improve through a loss.
“Football is all about short-term memory,” Evans said. “You leave the [mistakes] on the field; you don’t dwell on them.”