Wolves host Flyers, seek first victory

Milaca will seek its first victory of the season when it hosts Little Falls in a Granite Ridge Conference game Friday night at 7, at Claffy Field.

It will be Milaca’s home opener.

The Wolves lost at Foley 34-13 in a GRC game last Friday in front of a large crowd at Foley. That came after a non-conference 40-7 setback in the season opener Aug. 29 at Pierz.

Little Falls, even though it’s 0-2, will pose a challenge for Milaca. The Flyers lost to Waseca 41-13 in their opener, then fell at Albany 36-34 last Friday.

Last year the Flyers trimmed Milaca 54-36 at Little Falls behind 225-pound running back Jalen Wuchko who rushed for 331 yards and scored six touchdowns.

Guess who’s back for 2013?

Wuchko, of course, and he’s picked up where he left off last season, with nearly 400 yards through two games.

“He’s a big, powerful back who can also run away from defenders,” said Little Falls Coach Jay DeCann.

Little Falls returns 11 starters from last season and DeCann, in his second season at Little Falls after a stint as head coach at Melrose.

“We’re much more physical and we have better depth on offense and defense than we did last season,” said DeCann. “We were hoping to get off to a better start.

“At Albany, we had the lead but four turnovers in the second half that resulted in 28 Albany points. We want to turn things around but we know Milaca will be ready. It’s a Granite Ridge Conference game and this is a tough conference – any team can win on any given night.”

The Wolves played well in the first half at Foley but trailed 14-0 at halftime. A missed scoring opportunity inside the 10-yard line kept Milaca from taking some momentum into the second half.

The Falcons, who moved to 2-0, took a 34-7 lead in the second half before the Wolves scored their second touchdown in the fourth quarter.

That touchdown came on a 30-yard pass play from sophomore quarterback Nathan Hass to senior wide receiver Trevor Roelofs.

Junior wide receiver Nic Wolbert and senior quarterback Brian Kiel connected on a 26-yard scoring play in the third quarter, with Wolbert kicking the extra point.

Foley, behind senior back Luke Kelvington, rushed for 200 yards, with Kelvington netting 167 on 21 carries. He scored four touchdowns.

The Falcons had a 312-260 edge in total yards while Milaca had a 14-13 edge in first downs.

Kiel completed 10 of 24 passes for 155 yards while Hass completed three of seven passes for 73 yards. Kiel had two passes intercepted and Hass had one picked off.

Junior receiver Christian Kruse had five receptions for 98 yards while Wolbert had three catches for 61 yards.

The Wolves were unable to get a ground game going, finishing with just 32 yards.

Foley is at Becker in a key GRC game Friday.