New Chicago- The last two regular-season meetings between the Boone Grove and River Forest have been close back and forth battles. For the first half of Friday’s conference opener, it looked like both sides were headed to a third. “The coaching staff at River has done a tremendous job getting their kids to buy in. They have a bunch of skill players who really tested our defense in the first half,” said head coach Dan Kukulski. One of those skill players was quarterback Kyle Moore. Moore was seemingly untouchable in the first half as the senior had an answer for the schemes the Wolves brought at him. Moore led the way with three touchdown passes and over 150 yards passing in the first half.
The Wolves came out firing on all cylinders in the second half as senior Monsoor Adisa took the opening kickoff 80 for a quick score. The Wolves would force a quick punt from the Ingots that was followed by another Vann touchdown run to give the Wolves a 34-20 lead. River Forest would answer quickly and bring the score to 34-30, but an injury to Kyle Moore would hinder the Ingot offense for the rest of the evening. The Wolves offense, however, fueled by stellar line play, would turn up the intensity in the second half.
“Brae’ton comes off the field and tells us all the time where we should run the ball. Those guys up front are what make Brae’ton great and he knows that,” said Kukulski. One of “those guys,” is senior linemen and captain Luke Wilkening. “We’ve implemented a new line coach this week. He’s really helped us a lot, he knows a lot about the game.”
The 2-0 start for the Wolves is the best start for the program in the last 5 years. The road becomes more difficult this week as the Wolves welcome the conference favorite Whiting Oilers to Valpo High School for a Saturday evening kickoff. “We have to stay focused. We can’t days off, it doesn’t matter if it’s scrimmage or scout team it doesn’t matter. We have to stay focused and stick to the game plan.”
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