October 20, 2014

AuGres-Sims football narrowly defeated by Almont

James Kuch
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AuGRES — After scoring a touchdown as time expired in the first half, the AuGres-Sims Wolverines came up one yard shy at the end of regulation, losing to the Alcona Tigers 30-26.

Wolverines head coach Scott McAlindon said although the loss was painful, none of the players have a bad attitude about how the game ended.

“The (team) played hard,” he said. “We have made a lot of improvements from our first game to this last game.”

As time expired, a pass was completed at the 1-yard line, leaving the Wolverines just feet shy of their first win of the season.

“It was a fun game,” McAlindon said. “The fans got their money’s worth.”

He added that the team has a lot of room to improve.

“We are just going to keep working,” McAlindon said. “We will be more determined than ever.”

He said that penalties hurt the Wolverines.

“We had a penalty on a fourth down when they were punting that led to a touchdown,” McAlindon said. “You can’t have these things happen and expect to win.”

A bright spot for the Wolverines was their special teams. After Alcona scored and converted a two-point conversion, AuGres answered with a 95-yard kick return for a touchdown by Connor Pendred.

“Our special teams came through for us,” McAlindon said.

He added that the team is a few tweaks away from getting that elusive first win.

“We have to keep working on our defense. We have a lot to improve on still,” McAlindon said.

Next week the Wolverines host Hillman, beginning North Star League play.

“We are still in the hunt for every goal we set for ourselves,” McAlindon said.

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