The Wolverines dropped their final game of the regular season in a 56-0 defeat by the league-champion Cathedral on Friday.
For the first time this season, the offense was unable to find the end zone. Quarterback Jameson Wang ’20 threw a pair of interceptions and lost a fumble. He was replaced by backup Jake Grode ’19 for the final quarter. The running game was also ineffective, and Thomas Glover ’18 struggled to find open space behind a sometimes shaky offensive line. Overall, the offense managed just five first downs on the night.
The defense struggled to make stops, especially on third and fourth downs. The Phantoms were able to gain 300 combined yards on the ground, and a further 184 through the air. Vincent Temesvary ’20 recovered a fumble for the Wolverines, their only turnover of the night.
After an early missed field goal, kicker Josh Lyons ’17 recovered to fire off a pair of deep punts for the Wolverines. The kick coverage unit surrendered a long return but kept the Phantoms out of the end zone.
The loss concludes a season that saw the Wolverines go 0-5 in Angelus League play. The Wolverines were hampered by an undermanned roster featuring a large number of freshmen. Team captain Zac Harleston ’17 said he hopes that the Wolverines’ young core will stay with the football program.
“What I’ve learned from coach Ruggles, and just being a part of this program are some of the most meaningful life lessons that I have ever learned,” Harleston said. “Playing football has done so much for me as a high school kid I’m going to be glad I played for the rest of my life.”
Despite their winless league record, the Wolverines will compete in the playoffs. They face Calabasas on Nov. 11.