Wolves Win Thriller 49-46 Over Previously Unbeaten Pioneers
It was almost a "Nightmare on Elm Street" as it was a scary start for the Manchester Wolves in their come from behind 49-46 upset over the previously undefeated Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pioneers in front of 6,000 fans on Friday the 13 th on Brady Sullivan Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H.
The Wolves (8-6), now riding a season-high three-game win streak, found themselves down 21-0 to start the game before outscoring the Pioneers 49-25 in the final three quarters. Manchester's defense rose to the occasion as they stopped the #2 ranked offense in the league six times, the biggest coming as time expired as OL/DL Maurice Fountain collected his 11.5 sack of the season - tying the Wolves single season record set by Charlie Cook in 2003 at Mohegan.
Manchester quarterback Mark Radlinski (279 yards, seven touchdowns) improved to 5-3 as the Wolves starter with the win. Wolves WR Patrick Rouzard collected the Schutt Offensive Player of the Game with his three touchdowns to go along with his seven catches and 99 yards receiving. WR/DB David Bailey played a tremendous game on both sides of the field with his three catches for 50 yards and one touchdown offensively to go along with his four tackles and one pass defended, earning him the US Army Ironman Award. The ADT Defensive Player of the Game went to DB Travis Pugh who forced two big fumbles along with his team-leading seven tackles and one pass defended on the evening.
Wilkes-Barre (13-1) put in a hard-fought effort all the way down to the wire led by their veteran signal caller Ryan Vena (335 yards, five touchdowns), who earned his first loss as a Pioneer. The Cutters Catch of Game went to WR Larry Kendrick who led the way offensively for the Pioneers with his nine-catch, 106 yards and one touchdown performance. Defensively for the Pioneers DB Chris Royal collected a game-high 11.0 tackles along with one interception and two passes defended.
Wolves' kicker Connor McCormick went a perfect 7-for-7 in his PAT tries on the night to extend his streak to 18-for-18 at home on Brady Sullivan Field at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
The Wolves will look to extend their winning ways when they travel to New York to take on their East Division rival Albany Conquest (5-8) in Albany, NY next Saturday July 21 at 7:00 p.m.
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