Boise City rolls Vilas , Colo. In 6-man vs. 8-man battle
By SHAWN YORKS
The Guymon Daily Herald
BOISE CITY ? The Boise City Wildcats are spending the 2005 season trying to get used to playing 8-man football.
Monday afternoon, the Wildcats had to get used to a new kind of game? Six-man football.
The Wildcats defeated Vilas , Colorado 46-18 in front of about 90 fans at Wildcat Field. Vilas, in extreme southeast Colorado 's Baca County , plays six-man football. So, when Vilas had the ball, the teams played 6-man, and when Boise City had the ball, it was an eight-man game.
“It was tough,” said Wildcat head football coach David Bruner. “The kids, they didn't know really what to do. They did a good job just for having one day to prepare. We had Friday to go over stuff, so they did a pretty good job. It's pretty hard to adjust to six-man.”
Bruner wanted his team to get as much experience as possible in its inaugural season of 8-man. And with an open date scheduled for Friday night, Bruner knew it would be a long couple of weeks before Class C No. 1-ranked Buffalo rolled into town on Oct. 14.
“It was an open week, and this was the only date they could play,” Bruner said. “It was to get us an extra game and some experience for our young kids, too.
The Wildcats were banged up after Thursday's 46-18 loss to Turpin in which Turpin, normally an 11-man team, played eight-man. Junior running back Albert Hernandez and senior running back Levi Schuette were out with injuries suffered against the Cardinals.
Boise City dressed out 11 kids.
And a couple more got hurt Monday, including senior Justin Clark.
“If we don't get everybody back for (Oct. 14) against Buffalo, it's going to affect us a lot,” Bruner said. “We should have 15 back for Buffalo, hopefully.”
The Wildcats did well against a Vilas team that featured a scrappy quarterback and a couple of tall receivers.
After an exchange of turnovers to start the game, including a fumble recovery by Justin Weir at the Vilas 13 yard-line, Boise City got on the board. Felix Reyes rumbled to the 1 and later scored from a yard out. Reyes passed to freshman Matthew Wiley for the conversion and an 8-0 lead.
Vilas punted on its next possession and the Wildcats would score again.
Clark capped a quick 43-yard drive with a 31-yard touchdown scramble.
Reyes added the conversion and BC led 16-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Broncos drove to the Boise City 1 yard-line on its ensuing possession before giving the ball up on downs at the Wildcat two-yard-line.
What followed was a turnover-lover's dream.
After a BC punt, Kyle Wilson recovered a Vilas fumble at the Bronco 37.
Four plays later, Vilas' Grant Neuhold intercepted a Jonathan Moore pass. But the Broncos gave the ball away on downs.
The Wildcats would get back on the board with a quick 32-yard drive, capped by a 28-yard Reyes rumble and a Reyes to Zack Wiggins pass play for a 24-0 lead.
Vilas scored on its next possession when Coby Bullock scampered 65 yards on an option pitch to cut it to 24-6, which would be the halftime score.
The Wildcats opened the second half with a 56-yard drive, capped by a four-yard Reyes run and a 32-6 lead.
Vilas scored on a 60-yard pass and run from Roman Horn to Neuhold to cut it to 32-12, and later Horn found Louis Aguilar from 9-yards out to make it 32-18.
Boise City capped the scoring with a 10-yard interception return for a score and a conversion run by Wiggins, and a 5-yard Wiggins touchdown run with 9:21 left in the game.
The Wildcats will next be in action Oct. 14 against No. 4 Buffalo.
They've already faced No. 1 Shattuck, as well as the No. 3-ranked Class C team and No. 5-ranked Canton .
“We're learning,” Bruner said. “We have a few bumps and bruises, but nothing major. We got some good experience for our young kids, our freshmen, especially. That's one of the reasons we played this game.”
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