The North Iowa Bison could not have picked a tougher opponent to face in their home opener of the 2017 football season campaign. Last year, the Harris Lake Park Wolves went 12-1 and returned a number of players including their top quarterback in Bryce Perkins, their top rushers in Trevor Gunderson and Keegan Carpenter who were also two of their top receivers.
The Wolves struck quickly against the Bison in the first quarter as they drove down from within midfield and down to the end zone, leaving just 10:09 on the first quarter clock. Trevor Gunderson picked up where he left off last year by scoring his first of two touchdowns. The second one came just over a minute later on. The first score was a 13 yard scamper while the second was just a five yard run off the left corner.
The Wolves followed quickly with another score at the 6:34 mark of the first quarter as Carpenter found space up the middle for a one yard run.
The second quarter closely resembled the first except that Lucas Gunderson took over the bulk of the running duties. A five play drive early in the second found Gunderson racing 20 yards for the fourth score of the night by the Wolves. The extra point was no good making the score 27-0.
The Bison then began to make some noise as they drove down from their own 15, all the way to the Wolves 3. Isaiah Walk dashed for over 30 yards in the drive giving the Bison excellent field position. However, one illegal motion play and two more that resulted in losses of yards pushed the Bison back beyond the Wolves 10. The Bison turned the ball over on downs and the Wolves took full advantage of it. The Wolves drove all the way to the Bison 15 when Dalton Nicks scampered in for the fifth touchdown of the night. That made the score 35-0 with a subsequent two point conversion that was good.
The Bison tried valiantly to score in the waning minutes of the half, but Bison quarterback Hunter Meinders scrambled out of the pocket and tried to throw the ball while in the grasp of the defenders. The pass was incomplete and Meinders was flagged for intentional grounding just outside of his end zone. The result was a touchback making the halftime score 37-0 Wolves.
The third quarter saw Lucas Gunderson score two consecutive touchdowns nearly five minutes apart. The Wolves drove nearly 30 yards to the Bison 5 when Gunderson ran the ball in for a touchdown and a 43-0 lead. The extra point was no good. The second touchdown came at the :55 second mark of the third quarter on a dramatic 50 yard touchdown run. The extra point was again no good and that made the game 49-0 Wolves.
In the fourth, the Bison offense began to click again. They drove from the Bison 15 all the way to the Bison 32 before a poor snap resulted in a fumble recovery by Dylan Meyer and a 32 yard touchdown run. The extra point was good making the score 56-0 with 10:52 left in the game.
The final score of the night came from Cory Meyer who initially started to run left to the corner, then reversed field and cut around the right side, shaking defenders along the way and running 32 yards for a touchdown. The extra point made it 63-0 Wolves.
The game ended with the Bison getting backed up from the Bison 15 yard line all the way back to their own 5.
Harris Lake Park will go home to open a two game homestand against River Valley next Friday and St. Mary’s Remsen on September 8th. The Bison will travel to West Bend Mallard next Friday before coming home to take on Turkey Valley on September 8th.
The Wolves vs. Bison game was heard on KIOW and worldwide on kiow.com.The next KIOW Game of the Week will feature the Garner Hayfield Ventura Cardinals traveling to Algona to take on the Bulldogs on Friday night. That will follow the Forest City Indians taking on Spirit Lake on KIOW.