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Wren hammers Hillcrest

Posted Saturday, September 10, 2011 by Sidney McClain

Wren hammers Hillcrest

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—Running a complex offense with new players may be like dealing with a finicky newborn, or vice versa. Either way, Wren coach Jeff Tate seems to have a magic touch for now, whether its guiding his team to three straight blowout victories or calming a fussy granddaughter after a 45-17 win over Hillcrest Friday night.

“I’m really proud we’ve been able to go on the road and get two wins,” Tate said after the game.

The victory over the Rams followed a 49-7 win at Riverside last week.

The Wren spread, no-huddle offense only needed a minute to score its first touchdown, gobbling up 60 yards in six plays. Junior Levi Bufford ran the ball in from 12 yards out for the score.

“There’s been some really good series,” Tate said. “And then we’ve had some breakdowns.”

After a Hillcrest fumble and a Wren interception, the Rams drove for a game-tying touchdown. Chance Bryson’s 21-yard run capped the eight-play, 53-yard drive. The Hurricanes took a 14-7 lead when Caleb McClain connected with Dexter Jackson on a 20-yard scoring pass.

A Hillcrest punt and a Wren fumble game the Rams the ball on the Wren 19-yard line. Four plays put the Rams in a fourth-and-goal situation at the one, but an illegal shift pushed the ball back five yards, and Hillcrest settled for a Jonathan Campos field goal and a 14-10 deficit.

From there, the Hurricanes sandwiched McClain and Bufford touchdown runs around a Hillcrest punt and went into halftime ahead 28-10.

“There were different points in the game where we were in the game,” Hillcrest (0-3) coach Greg Porter said. “And then we made some mistakes.”

The Rams rallied after halftime on a touchdown drive capped by a 27-yard touchdown pass from Kijana Madden to David Martin. Hillcrest is 3-for-3 this season on second-half-opening drives.

“We really work on that second-half adjustment,” Poster said. “Coach Tate is doing a great job over there. I think we helped them, too.”

The Hurricanes answered with a 68-yard McClain-to-Jackson pass to set up a 1-yard Bufford touchdown run, capping a 47-second drive. The Hurricanes then added two more Bufford TDs and a field goal from Jonathan Anderson to close out the scoring.

The Rams fumbled the ball away on its last two possessions, with Wren defensive back Adam House recovering each time. House had three interceptions the week before at Riverside.

“He’s always around the ball,” Tate said while cradling 2-month-old granddaughter Ella Grace, who stopped fussing the minute Tate took her in his arms.

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