HUNTLEY – Prairie Ridge’s offense creates problems for opposing defenses and even its own head coach.
“It gets hard sometimes picking plays,” Wolves coach Chris Schremp said. “We have a lot of options in our option [offense].”
The Wolves’ backfield – composed of Jordan Getzelman, who finished with three touchdowns and 235 total yards, and Connor Greenwald – combined for 316 yards and four touchdowns Friday to lead the Wolves to a 43-2 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win against Huntley.
“We were all hyped up and ready to go tonight,” said Getzelman, who has seven touchdowns this season for his team, which is ranked No. 4 in The Associated Press Class 6A poll. “We wanted to come in and make a statement.”
Prairie Ridge’s quarterback Nick Nissen found Getzelman (four receptions, 148 yards) on a 9-yard touchdown pass on in the game’s opening drive, and ended the half with a 68-yard touchdown pass to Getzelman to give the Wolves (3-0, 3-0 FVC Fox) a 29-2 lead.
“They run the option and we tried to stop them executing their offense,” Red Raiders coach Matt Gehrig said. “But they got it rolling and we weren’t able to capitalize on turnovers like they did.”
Greenwald (14 rushes, 80 yards) picked up 67 yards on the ground to lead the Wolves’ rushing attack in the first half.
“Getzelman is our big play back, and Greenwald can grind out the tough yards for us,” Schremp said. “Our offense is starting to click.”
The Red Raiders (0-3, 0-3 FVC Fox) got on the board with a safety in the first quarter to put the game within reach, 15-2, after linebacker Jeremy Peotter dragged down Kerry Kohlbacher in his the Wolves’ end zone, but Huntley had to punt on its ensuing possession.
Although they were able to sustain a few long drives in the second quarter, including a 55-yard march to Prairie Ridge’s 32 yard line led by a 25- and 30-yard pass from quarterback Jake Brock, the Red Raiders couldn’t manage to find the end zone.
“We had a lot of momentum after the safety,” Brock said. “But we stalled out.”