Football: Wheeler scores early and often against Calumet
By Terry Turner Post-Tribune correspondent October 12, 2012 11:48PM
Updated: November 14, 2012 3:13PM
VALPARAISO — It was a night of offensive football for Wheeler on Friday night.
Quarterback Jeremy Truchan had a part in four of the scores in a 62-14 victory over winless Calumet and overall eight different Bearcats reached the endzone.
Just 20 seconds into the game, Keith Back rolled over the goal line for a 27-yard score.
But Calumet answered seconds later, with James Adams sprinting 93 yards for a TD. It was short-lived as Truchan scored off an option from 41 yards out. Two minutes were barely off the clock.
“We definitely had to answer (the kick-off return),” said Truchan, who had a great night passing, connecting on seven of eight, with three touchdowns.
Adams got another touchdown in the second quarter. It was among a flurry of Wheeler scores.
“It was pretty exciting in the beginning,” Wheeler coach Tony Klimczak said. “We just had to work to get it going.”
Wheeler got two scores from Sam Bolla — one off a Calumet fumble in their own endzone, and another off a 36-yard pass from Truchan. Riley Smith also had a 12-yard TD reception. Edgar Hedge scored a TD on a blocked punt recovery and Derek Hartwig scored from 23 yards out. Finally, kicker Jason Graf got into the action as a running back with a 45-yard run.
Defensively, the Bearcats shut down the Warriors offense with five interceptions.
“These are a bunch of guys putting a lot of work into it,” said Klimczak, who especially mentioned Hartwig’s strong night (seven carries for 78 yards). “This was one of his best nights running the ball.”
It gets tougher for the Bearcats (7-2) in the first week of the sectional with Andrean coming off a big win over Lowell and looking for revenge from Wheeler’s upset of the 59ers last year in the sectional.