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By Jack H. Smith
Three Forks Voice 

Wolves defense strong in conference matchup

 

October 23, 2019



A strong defensive performance from the Three Forks High School football game kept it a close game in their 29-6 loss Friday against Whitehall.

Following the game, head coach Connor Sullivan praised the play of his defense that ended the night with three interceptions (Carter Prentice -2 Trenton Nimmick -1) and a goal-line stand.

"I thought we played a better game on defense, we just have some things we can clean up going into Florence next week," said head coach Connor Sullivan.

The Trojans were able to score on their opening possession to take a 7-0 lead with 9:05 left in the first quarter, but the Wolves stood strong on the next possession and got a takeaway with a Trenton Nimmick interception.

Three Forks would reach into their bag of tricks on the next possession and get to the Trojans 30-yard line following a long fake punt reception from freshman Reid Woodward. The Wolves were stopped on fourth down and Whitehall would respond with a 50-yard Brendan Wagner touchdown to increase the lead to 13-0 with 1:33 left in the first quarter.

Three Forks was once against stopped on fourth down in Whitehall territory on their next possession, but Carter Prentice would get the ball right back with one of his two interceptions on the night.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, Wagner would intercept a Nimmick pass on the next play and a Payton King touchdown reception put Whitehall up 20-0 with 1:19 left in the half.

Three Forks would stop the Trojans on their next drive on a fourth and goal play on the one-yard line, but Whitehall would get a safety on the next play to take a 22-0 lead.

There was no quit in the Wolves who on their next possession advanced to the five-yard line on a long pass from Nimmick to Austin Allen. Nimmick would score two plays later to cut the lead to 22-6.

Sullivan said Nimmick gave Allen a chance with the ball and they were then able to get the ball in the endzone.

Reid Woodward lines up at receiver against Whitehall. Voice photo by Melissa Jenkins

Whitehall would quickly respond to score the final points game on a Tegan Robbins touchdown with 1:31 left in the third.

There were plenty of positives during the night for Three Forks including the play of freshman running back Levi Wagner.

"A lot of these younger kids are going to get playing time. I thought Levi did a good job and he's going to be a hell of a player for us. He runs the ball hard and I like it," Sullivan said.

The Wolves will wrap up the 2019 season with a Friday road game at Florence.

"These kids have a no-quit attitude and that's what I like about them. They have good character, they're great young men, and I like the way they fight," he said.

The senior night game was the last home game for Antonio Boggio, Smokey Jensen, Carter Prentice, Kaleb Johnston, Tyler Johnson and Trenton Nimmick.

 

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