Football / October 21, 2019 By Kasey McDowell
There was homecoming fever all last week as the Mulvane Wildcats celebrated homecoming for the 2019 Fall season that ended with a 41-6 football victory over the El Dorado Wildcats including the crowning of the homecoming king and queen at halftime, and a homecoming dance following the game.
The first quarter of the game was a battle of the defenses as Mulvane forced three punts from El Dorado and held them to negative 9 yards. El Dorado defense forced two punts from Mulvane and the Cats also had two turnover on downs.
The second quarter is when the Mulvane Wildcats got hot as sophomore quarterback Mason Ellis found the end zone on a 1 yard run at the 7:03 mark with freshman Chase Dieker with the PAT kick. The defense make quick work of El Dorado and forced a quick 3 and out. Ellis made a nice 30 yard run to set up junior Tanner Claar who broke open for a 45 yard TD run at the 4:10 mark (Dieker PAT good).
On the ensuing kickoff, senior Tanner Nelson popped returner Dravin Fowler, causing him to fumble the ball and junior Cannon Smith jumped the ball for the fumble recovery for Mulvane. After a couple of Claar runs and a pass from Ellis to senior Cole Diffenbaugh, Ellis found the end zone again on a 3 yard run (Dieker PAT no good). Mulvane would go into halftime with a 20-0 lead. The Mulvane defense held El Dorado to only 40 yards total in the first half.
The halftime featured the 2019 fall homecoming ceremony where the homecoming court were announced and seniors J.D. Titus and Regan Wright were crowned king and queen. The court consisted of Emily Hankins, Callie Humbolt, Karstyn Nolan, Hunter Dye, Gage Gerlach, and Tanner Nelson.
The third quarter was all Mulvane as they scored three more touchdowns. Claar found the end zone at the 8:06 mark on an 18 yard run (Dieker PAT good). Claar found the end zone again on a 14 yard run at the 2:28 mark of the 3rd quarter (Whetzel PAT good). In the next defensive series, senior Koen Schanz blindside sacked the quarterback Gannon White causing a fumble which was quickly jumped on by senior Jaxen Young. Ellis found the end zone on the next play on a 7 yard run at the 1:25 mark (Whetzel PAT good). The third quarter ended with Mulvane in a 41-0 lead.
The 4th quarter was another battle of the defenses as Mulvane offense was held to a turnover on downs, and INT that was returned for a touchdown, and the end of the game. El Dorado only had the ball once in the 4th quarter and it resulted in a fumble, recovered by sophomore Zach Lanzrath.
The Mulvane defense held El Dorado to only 95 yards total on the game and 0 passing yards. Mulvane finished with 392 yards total with 52 passing yards and 340 rushing yards. Tanner Claar led the Cats with 186 rushing yards on 19 attempts with 3 touchdowns. Mason Ellis had 105 rushing yards on 15 attempts with 3 touchdowns. Ellis was 7 for 11 passing with 53 yards and 1 INT. Sophomore Hunter Seier finished with 32 yards on 4 receptions and Cole Diffenbaugh finished with 17 yards on 2 receptions.
Senior Trey Greer led the Cats with 9 tackles and senior Caleb Mader with 8 tackles. Caleb also had 4 tackles for loss. Seniors Bryson Williams and Tyler Lanzrath with 7 tackles, seniors Jaxen Young, Tanner Nelson, and Koen Schanz with 5 tackles. Mader, Williams, Lanzrath, Young, Schanz, Smith, and Ellis all had tackles for loss.
Box Score 1 2 3 4 Total
El Dorado 0 0 0 6 6
Mulvane 0 20 21 0 41
Mulvane will host the Wellington Crusaders this Friday to finish out the regular season before the state playoffs next week. This Friday will be Senior recognition night at Lyle Couch Stadium.