A’Burg Timberwolves fall in WMFA finals

By Joel Charron

There is not a word anyone could have said to ease the pain of the Amherstburg Timberwolves after dropping the Windsor Minor Football Association (WMFA) championship game.

The Timberwolves took on Local 244 Gators for the WMFA Pee Wee championship Sunday afternoon at the University of Windsor’s Alumni Field.

The scoreboard operators were busy as both team combined for 108 points with the Gators winning 62-46.

“It’s just really disappointing,” said Timberwolves quarterback Sam Girard, who threw for four touchdowns on the day.

After the Gators scored on a 14 yard pass on their opening drive the Timberwolves answered right back with a score of their own with an 11-yard pass from Girard to Eric Wismer to tie the game at 8-8, with point after attempt counting as two points in minor football.

In the second quarter the Gators blew up for 22 unanswered points, holding a 30-8 lead.

Just before the end of the half, Wismer cut into the lead with a seven-yard run that found the end zone and trailed 30-16 at the half.


Eric Wismer blasts through a gap as two Local 244 Gators try to bring him down. Wismer caught two passes for touchdowns to go with his two rushing touchdowns on the day.

The second half started on the right foot for the Timberwolves, recovering a fumble on their own 30 yard line, however gave it right back to the Gators a few plays later on an interception.

The turnover proved to be costly as the Gators turned it into points on a 35-yard touchdown pass.

The Gators added another touchdown on a 36-yard run before the Timberwolves responded with a 43-yard pass to Brandon Speller.

The fireworks were just getting started in the final frame with the Gators tacking on two more touchdown runs from 28-yards and 49 yards.

The Timberwolves offense also exploded for three touchdowns, a 48-yard pass to Abe Gaffaz, a 65-yard pass to Wismer and a 12-yard run also by Wismer.

However the sluggish first half was too much for the Timberwolves to overcome, falling 62-46.

“We went up against a really strong running back,” said offensive coordinator Jeff Paquette.

Paquette said the Timberwolves defense had trouble bringing down Gator running back Chris Brown, who ran for six majors, however Paquette noted that Amherstburg’s aerial attack was virtually unstoppable.

“They couldn’t stop the passing attack. Sam Girard put on a clinic today and our receivers stepped up,” he said.

Paquette praised his squad for not giving up and continuing to battle.

After starting the season 0-2, Paquette said the team reeled off eight straight wins to get to the championship game.

“We grew a little bit this year,” said Paquette. “This is a fantastic league. It’s great to see Amherstburg kids out here and hope the program continues.”

Wismer noted that although they came up short in the big game, just being there was a thrill.

“When we lost our first two game I didn’t think good of our team,” he explained. “We came together and made it this far, I’m pretty happy with that.”



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