East Mills scored a pair of special teams touchdown in the first half and then pulled away late in a 63-22 win over Sidney, Friday, Oct. 4.
The Cowboys trailed 36-14 at halftime after giving up two kickoff returns for touchdowns. The Cowboys also dropped a punt snap in the first half that started an East Mills drive inside Sidney’s five-yard line.
The teams traded scores in the third quarter, but East Mills scored three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth to make the score much more lopsided.
The Cowboy defense kept East Mills quarterback Michael Schafer mostly quiet. Schafer opened play with passing numbers that were right with anyone else in the state, but he threw for just 141 yards and three touchdowns against the Cowboys. He added 95 yards on the ground and another score.
Tyler Hensley rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown to lead the Cowboy offense. He also caught a 31-yard scoring pass from Matthew Benedict, who completed all four of his pass attempts for 78 yards.
Cole Stenzel caught two of the four Benedict completions and also rushed for 26 yards. Leighton Whipple added 33 rushing yards and a touchdown as the Cowboys fell to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in Class 8-Man District 7.
Stenzel and Hensley led the defense with 4.5 total tackles each.
East Mills has won six consecutive games to improve to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the district. The Wolverines visit Fremont-Mills next trying to clinch a district title in their final regular season game.
Sidney visits Stanton/Essex, Friday, Oct. 11. The Vikings sport an identical overall and district record as the Cowboys.