Wolves hang on to dethrone Monarchs 18-13

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Matt Gabel evades a tackle and scampers for additional yardage. DAN BROWN/INDEPENDENT

The Timberland Wolves scored a pair of touchdowns early then held off a Manning comeback late to notch their first win of the 2013 season, 18-13 over the Monarchs.
The Wolves (1-0) scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns, first on a 21-yard run by Brandon Simmons at the 8:55 mark. After Manning responded with a 61-yard sprint to the house by Dontavis Conyers, THS answered with a two-yard dart by Bernard Harmon to go up 15-7.  
Timberland had to bow its neck in the second quarter as Manning took control of the game, scoring again to pull within two, 15-13 on a Donny Baker two-yard pass to Cam Darley with just 38 seconds to play in the first half.
“This was our first taste of adversity tonight and I was proud of the way the guys stepped up to meet it head on,” said THS Coach Art Craig.
In the third quarter when both teams traded punts, Mikael Smith gave the Wolves some much needed breathing room with a 29-yard field goal at the 7:38 mark to put Timberland on top 18-13.
Manning mounted a late fourth quarter drive to get into the Wolves’ red zone, but a pair of bone-jarring hits by defensive end Johnell Brown squelched the drive and allowed the offense to kill the clock and secure the win.
“Our defense really shut them down in the second half,” Craig said.
Harmon ran for 133 yards and one touchdown to pace the Wolves offense.
The Wolves travel to Hanahan next week to take on the Hawks.
In recent years Timberland has played the role of heartbreaker when lining up opposite Hanahan. A year ago, Timberland scooped up a fumble with just over a minute left to stun Hanahan 25-21, the 10th straight victory in the series for the Wolves. In the 2011 playoffs, Timberland defeated the Hawks 28-21.
“The first rule of football is don’t beat yourself,” HHS coach Charlie Patterson said. “We kind of felt like we beat ourselves up there last year. We’ve got to prevent that from happening this year. We certainly can’t give them any points.”
Kickoff in Hanahan is 7:30 p.m.

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