An offensive explosion carried the Shoemaker Grey Wolves to a big win over the Killeen Kangaroos on Friday night at Leo Buckley Stadium.
The Grey Wolves won the game 52-28 and thrived off a balanced offensive attack.
The first possession of the game belonged to the Kangaroos, and they went right down the field, and Kadarius Marshall finished the drive off with a 20 yard rushing touchdown to give the Roos the early lead. The Roos missed the extra point and the score was 6-0.
The Grey Wolves answered on their first possession and Trent Hudson caught a 7-yard pass from Ty Bell, and the Grey Wolves took the lead 7-6.
The Grey Wolves extended the lead to 14-6 as De’andre Exford scored from 4 yards out, and Shoemaker never looked back.
Exford put an exclamation point on the first quarter with a 62-yard touchdown, and the first points of the second quarter were also scored by the Grey Wolves on a 35-yard reverse pass from Omari Evans to Monaray Baldwin.
With the score 27-6, the Roos scored late in the second quarter by way of a 13 yard rush by Kadarius Marshall.
A successful 2-point conversion made the score 27-14 at halftime.
The Grey Wolves came out hot in the second half on offense and defense. Their first possession resulted in a 19-yard rushing touchdown by Devin Brown. The defense got a quick stop and the offense didn’t waste much time getting back on the board. Ty Bell found Trent Hudson for the second time, this time from 17 yards out.
The Grey Wolves did fail both two point conversions but the score was 39-14 at the end of the third quarter.
Both teams scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, so the Grey Wolves kept their lead and closed the game out 52-28.
Grey Wolves head coach Toby Foreman was happy and excited with the win but said the team has things to fix after their offense received a furry of penalties in the fourth quarter.
“I’m feeling good about the win, but the sloppy play, it’s like a fog goes in at the end of the third and the beginning of the fourth and we just do things that are out of character,” Foreman said. “I’ve got to do a better job keeping focus on the sideline and keeping them into the game when we have a cushion.”
Foreman also talked about his offensive performance.
“We gotta take what the defense gives us,” Foreman said. “Tonight they were daring us to throw it and we can throw the ball now. Ty Bell is a good quarterback … we’ve got a multitude of weapons, we’ve just gotta cut out the penalties and we weren’t playing fast paced like we wanted to tonight.”
De’andre Exford spoke about his performance after the game.
“It’s less of me and more of my teammates,” Exford said. “I gotta thank them, they open everything up for me, and I can’t do what I do because of them.”
Trent Hudson also talked about his two touchdown performance.
“I feel great. When I had a chance to make a play I made it,” Hudson said.
Neil Searcy, head coach of the Roos, talked about the disappointing loss.
“Well we started the game out and we scored, then the bottom fell out,” Searcy said. “We just didn’t play well tonight, but one thing I can say about the kids though is even the way the game was they never stopped playing, they never quit playing and I’m proud of them for that.”
The Grey Wolves will take on the Ellison Eagles at Leo Buckley Friday with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
The Killeen Kangaroos will play the Temple Wildcats on Friday in Temple with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.