Third-ranked Wolverines protect their perfect mark

Knickerbocker throws for 2 scores, and the BHS D shuts down Olathe

The No. 3-ranked Bayfield High School football team broke open a close game in the second half, winning 32-0 at Olathe on Friday night.

The Wolverines, behind two touchdown passes by sophomore Matt Knickerbocker, kept their perfect record intact – 8-0 overall and 6-0 in the Class 2A Western League.

Knickerbocker threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Drake Rhodes early in the second half.

He added a 16-yard scoring pass to TJ Pazell in the first half when the Wolverines built a 13-0 lead in spite of losing two fumbles.

The Wolverines also had three more second-half turnovers, including an interception.

Rhodes had an interception with 5 minutes, 31 seconds to go to help protect the Wolverines’ third shutout of the season.

Zane Westbrook also recovered a fumble for the Wolverines’ undefeated team.

Pazell scored on a 9-yard run on Bayfield’s first possession of the second half.

The scoring drive was set up by a 30-yard kickoff return by Allec Rodriguez, who had a 92-yard kick return for a touchdown in last week’s league win over Gunnison.

The Wolverines opened the scoring when Rodriguez, playing option quarterback, ran a 47-yard keeper for a touchdown with 5:39 to play in the first quarter.

The Wolverines scored again at the end of a 2-minute drive before halftime. Knickerbocker completed two passes to Rodriguez before throwing the 16-yard touchdown pass to Pazell with 32 seconds to play in the second quarter.

Just seconds later, the Wolverines moved into position for another score after recovering an Olathe fumble.

But Pazell’s 24-yard field goal attempt with :06 on the clock was blocked by the Pirates, who fell to 1-7 overall and 1-5 in the Western League.

Bayfield will finish its regular season next Friday night at Pagosa Springs.

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