Wolves win five consecutive home game, 67-49 over Thunder
The Manchester Wolves (2-2) extended their home-win streak to a franchise best five straight games with a convincing 67-49 win over the previously undefeated Mahoning Valley Thunder (3-1), Saturday night on Brady Sullivan Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena in front of 5,748 fans.
Manchester's defense, which allowed just 14 first-half points, led the way in the win as they stopped the Thunder's offense six times on the night. The Wolves defense was led by a great performance by rookie lineman Maurice Fountain ( Clemson University ) as he collected the ADT Defensive Player of the Game award with his 2.5 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble performance.
Wolves quarterback Ryan Porter (Missouri State) improved to 2-0 as a starter with the win and accounted for seven of the Wolves eight touchdowns in the game. Porter's efforts, 20-of-30 for 200 yards and seven touchdowns, earned him his second straight Schutt Offensive Player of the Game award.
Porter spread the ball around quite nicely to his receiving core as he threw touchdown passes to five different receivers. Five-year veteran Jarrail Jackson ( Oklahoma) led the way for the Wolves offensively with five catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns, while Patrick Rouzard ( Northern Michigan) caught five balls for 60 yards and two touchdowns. David Bailey ( New Hampshire), Adam Fichter (Temple) and Mike Wells ( New Hampshire) were the other beneficiaries of Porter-thrown touchdowns. Fichter also ran for 12 yards and one rushing touchdown.
The last of the postgame awards went to Bailey who earned his second-straight U.S. Army Ironman award with his three-catch 22 yard, one touchdown performance and seven tackle one pass deflection on defense. The Wolves didn't sweep the awards though, as Thunder receiver Chris Archie ( Cincinnati) made an amazing self-tipped touchdown grab in the fourth quarter to earn the Cutters Catch of the Game.
Thunder starting quarterback an AFL and af2 veteran Glen Gauntt ( South Florida) couldn't lead his Mahoning Valley squad to their fourth-straight victory after being down 35-14 going into halftime but did perform valiantly as he threw for 331 yards and four touchdowns with one interception. Gauntt was under constant pressure the whole game by an aggressive defensive line of the Wolves that was lead by rookies Fountain and James Midboe ( Bemidji State ) and veteran Ramal Faunteroy (Shepherd University ).
Mahoning Valley was led offensively by receivers Chris Archie (13 catches for 140 yards, two touchdowns) and Kenneth Johnson from Southern Missouri (13 catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns). Tim Murphy (Pittsburgh ) led the Thunder rushing game with 41 yards and two touchdowns.
The Wolves will travel to Wilkes-Barre Scranton next week as they will try to knock down another undefeated East Division rival in their rematch game against the Pioneers (4-0) on Friday, May 4th at 7:00 PM. Wilkes-Barre won the first match up, 50-36, back on April 31st in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
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