Cut Bank’s Austin Vanek plays lead blocker for teammate Hayden Hedges Friday night against Wolf Point. Both Wolves running backs had big nights with Vanek racking up 116 yards and three touchdowns and Hedges tallying 112 yards and a pair of TDs.

In last Friday’s battle of the Wolves, it was Cut Bank who handily won the game 50-15 over Wolf Point in the annual Homecoming game. Cut Bank will look to carry that momentum into this week’s battle in Malta.

Austin Vanek led the Cut Bank offensive explosion with three rushing touchdowns. Vanek recorded 11 carries for 116 yards. Hayden Hedges followed with 12 carries and 112 yards and the senior reached the end zone twice in the win.

Skyler Peterson had 56 yards on three carries and one touchdown and Alex Wahl had seven carries, 51 yards and a touchdown to round out the scoring. Dallas Berkram and Matt Larson each gained 11 yards on the ground in the win.

Quarterback Tate Monroe completed three of five passes for 23 yards. Vanek caught one pass 10 ten yards, Wyatt Berkram hauled in a pass for eight yards and Wahl caught a pass for five.

Defensively the Wolves were led by Vanek, Wyatt Berkram and Kellyn Cassidy with three solo tackles each followed by Bauer Seewald, Peterson and Wahl with two each. Vanek and Brant Seewald each recorded a sack in the win and Dallas Berkram picked off a Wolf Point pass.

“I’m very proud of the way the boys came out from the get go and played,” said head coach Dylan Johnston. “We started off with a big touchdown run and then forced a fumble and recovery for another score to give us the momentum.”

Johnston credited game captains, Brant Seewald, Hayden Hedges, Matt Larson and Austin Vanek with doing a “great job of keeping every one focused and playing to our potential the entire time. I’m also very proud of our young guys who played the entire second half. We were able to get an interception from Dallas, a big touchdown run from Skyler and some very physical running from Alex.”

Johnston said the Wolves look forward to traveling to Malta this week for a big conference matchup.

The Wolves and Mustangs are set to kickoff at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8.

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