Longhorns fall short in season opener

Quarterback Morgan Hildebrandt follows a block from Adam Boldt as he tries to sneak into the end zone during a game in Wakaw against the Warriors on September 14

The Rosthern Longhorns football team came up short in their season opener, dropping a 78-64 decision to the Wakaw Warriors on September 14, in Wakaw.
The Longhorns got off to a blazing start, scoring on their first offensive play of the game.
On the ensuing kickoff, Rosthern’s special teams stepped up and recovered the ball after a misplay by the Warriors. The Longhorns’ offence quickly found the end zone and after the convert Rosthern led 16-0.
Longhorns coach David Epp was impressed with Rosthern’s execution early in the contest.
“What we tell our players is that the purpose of practice is to learn how to execute and that everyone has a job … and what we saw there was that our guys came ready to play,” he said.
Wakaw responded to Rosthern’s second touchdown by reaching the end zone on its first offensive play of the game.
Rosthern’s offence continued to click. After starting deep in their own zone, the Longhorns marched the length of the field and the drive was capped off with a third down gamble near the goal line, which resulted in a touchdown.
Toward the end of the first quarter the Warriors tied the game, 22-22.
Both teams continued to exchange touchdowns, until Rosthern turned the ball over on a fumble. Wakaw took advantage off that opportunity by reaching the end zone on the next play, which gave them a 42-36 lead.
Both teams scored a touchdown each before the end of the half and the Warriors had 48-44 lead going into the third quarter.
The offensive showcase continued throughout the second half and by the midway point of the fourth quarter Rosthern only trailed by six points. The Longhorns needed their defence to get the ball back to the offence without the Warriors scoring any more points.
Wakaw was facing a third and long on its side of the field and it looked like the Rosthern defence was going to catch a break. However, the third down gamble paid off and the Warriors quarterback found a receiver wide open which went for a touchdown.
There was just under five minutes left in the game for Rosthern to overcome a 14-point deficit, but they threw an interception and Wakaw ran the clock down with a couple of first downs.
Even though the game didn’t go Rosthern’s way, both teams were competitive and put on quite a show for the spectators.
“What you really want out of high school athletics is to see the best, play the best and the result sometimes swings in your favour and other times it does not,” Epp said.
Epp was proud of the effort that the Longhorns showed throughout the contest.
“We told them after the game … that what we appreciated is the fact that in a track meet like this we were in it until the last play,” he said.
Going forward, Epp wants to see the defence limit those big plays from the opposing team and for the offence to continue to move the ball forward and stay away from those negative yardage plays.