A long march beats Ely

Cook County drives 99, tops Wolves 14-8 in Homecoming game

by Tom Coombe
The Ely Timberwolves were literally inches away from ending a long losing streak.
But they couldn’t get a break Oct. 9, even on Fall Homecoming night.
Cook County just escaped being tackled for a safety in its own end zone, then marched 99 yards for the game-winning score in a 14-8 high school football victory at Ely School Stadium.
The Wolves, who fell to 1-5 and lost for the fifth straight game, had several opportunities to snap their losing streak.
They outgained the Vikings 262-187, led 8-0 at the half and had another touchdown brought back by penalty.
In the final quarter, Ely drove inside the Cook County five but misfired on a chance to break an eight-all deadlock, turning the ball over on downs.
The Vikings took over with about six minutes left, and on their first play Ely appeared to have a Cook County runner trapped in the end zone. He barely escaped, and the Vikings started to move the ball.
A 15-yard personal foul penalty proved untimely for the Wolves, and Cook County soon had the ball in Ely territory.
With 35 seconds left, Paul Dorr ran the ball in from two yards out and Cook County seemingly had the game in hand, particularly after the Vikings picked off a Mason Davis pass with 23 seconds left.
Two plays later, Cook County fumbled a snap and the Wolves’ Chase Sandberg recovered.
It gave Ely one last crack from the Cook County 30 yards line, but the Wolves threw an incompletion and then ran out of time.
The Vikings escaped and improved to 4-1, but not without a battle.
In the opening quarter, Ely’s Jason Kerntz broke free for a 34-yard touchdown run, igniting the hometown crowd.
The Wolves threatened on an earlier possession, fueled by a 30-yard completion from Davis to Sandberg, but Ely turned the ball over on downs at the Cook County 15.
Kerntz escaped to the end zone in the second quarter for what appeared to be the Wolves’ second touchdown, but the 40-yard play was nullified by a holding penalty.
Ely ran up a 211-66 edge in total yards in the opening half, but only had an 8-0 lead to show for it, and Cook County tied the game in the third quarter on a 49-yard connection from Paul Dorr to Amos Falter.
Kerntz finished with 78 yards rushing on 11 carries but missed part of the game because of cramping.
Junior fullback Erron Anderson rushed for 65 yards on 15 attempts and senior Harry Simons finished with 64 yards on seven carries.
Davis was 5-for-14 through the air.
Ely was off Friday but returns to action Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Littlefork to take on North Central.