Whiteaker running back Cy Schmaltz stiff-arms a defender. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)

Whiteaker running back Cy Schmaltz stiff-arms a defender. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)

The Whiteaker Middle School varsity football team moved to 2-0 Thursday, Sept. 22 with a 14-0 win over Leslie

WMS was led by quarterback Rian Canini’s 10 of 15 passing for 172 yards and a touchdown.

Slot receiver Cameron Parks had six catches for 122 yards and Ian Martin led all rushers with 10 carries for 88 yards and a touchdown.

On its opening possession, Leslie moved the ball effectively before a Griffin Hubbard sack—his first of his three on the night—forced a Leslie punt near midfield, and the booming punt rolled dead on the Whiteaker 2-yard line.

It took the Wolverines just seven plays to go 98 yards for the score, with Canini connecting with Nate Meithof from 24 yards out to put WMS up 6-0. Martin added a short second quarter touchdown run to end the scoring.

Whiteaker continued to move the ball well in the second half but saw promising drives end without points.  Head Coach Tom Larimer was quick to credit Leslie coach Kevin Scharer with good halftime adjustments to limit the the WMS offense in the second half.

Larimer added his offensive line was vastly improved over week one.

“Our starting O-line (Noah Cervantes, Hubbard, Eric Sorenson, Coleman Young, Matt Mehlhoff and TE Brady Jackson) lacks experience, but Coach (Zachary) Drake and Coach (Angel) Ochoa are doing a great job with them,” he said. “I think we have a chance to be real good up front before too long.”

Offensive Coordinator Marcus Larimer claimed similar improvement in the Whiteaker passing game.

“Canini, Parks and Meithof all had really good games, and they will only get better over time in our system,” he said.

The defense was led by Hubbard and Young, who combined for eight tackles for loss.

“Those two are relentless,” said Ochoa. “They are my max effort guys up front.”

Tom Larimer also praised linebackers Cy Schmaltz, Ben Roth, and Isaac Evarts for their strong play, as well as defensive linemen Hunter Zimmerman and Justin Lienemann.

“Many of our kids are really undersized and many are new to the game but they are doing a great job for us so far,” he said.

The Wolverines’ secondary almost completely shut down Leslie’s passing game, led by cornerbacks Ethan Schurr and Quentin Camenisch, who had four pass breakups and an interception.

Claggett Creek nearly got its first win of the season, falling to Judson 16-14 on Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Quarterback Jack McCarty threw two touchdown passes—an 80-yard bomb to Ethan Martin and a 15-yard strike to Elijah Devoursney.

“Overall it was a much better game and the kids are getting better every week,” Claggett Creek coach Aaron Carr said.