The Portola Tigers have won the Division IV section title two years in a row, so it must of been very difficult for Portola's head coach Steve Heskett to watch his football team get dismantled by the Biggs High Wolverines Friday night. It must of been even harder to swallow the fact that he spent the entire week practicing with his defense in a futile effort to shut down the league’s leading rusher, Nathan Callaway. And surely the hardest part of all was watching 5’2”, 120-pound Dalton Evenson toy with his teams defense and special teams—although I bet even opposing coaches love watching him run the football.
Evenson and company amassed a total of 389 yards on offense. Evenson finished the night with 152 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Callaway added 130 yards and two TDs to his season total. Greyson Milburn dragged Portola’s defense around for 62 yards, and Blaine Roles gained 30 yards from scrimmage and scored once himself. Wyatt Cain had one carry for four yards.
In an article earlier this week about him, Callaway stated that the reason for much of Biggs’ success this season was attributed to his team’s motto "G.W.O.B."—Great Without the Ball.
On the opening kickoff, he provided evidence to support that theory when he delivered a block that must have made the Portola defender think he had missed the last step when getting off the bus. That block sprung Evenson past Tiger defenders 88 yards, picking up the game’s first score.
Caleb Melton caught the only completion of the evening for Biggs on a 12-yard pass.
The Wolverine offensive line proved they were worthy of all of the praise they have been getting this season. Portola outweighed Biggs by an average of about forty pounds across the front line, but the Wolverine’s line—consisting of Lane Bennett, Juan Castaneda, John Jackson, Carlos Velasquez, and Andrew Ramos—still pushed them around with a business as usual attitude.
Israel Farfan was once again flawless in the PAT department going seven for seven.
Biggs' offense is still clicking nicely and will prepare to face a University Prep squad on Friday that has given up an average of 40 points a game.
Defensively, the Wolverines stemmed the tide, holding the Tigers to just 14 points.
It seems like Robert Wilson, head coach of the Maxwell Panthers (who are tied with Biggs for first place in the MVL), should be sending Biggs’ defense a thank you letter. Two weeks ago, the Wolverine defense held Chester’s QB Hunter Morris to just seven yards rushing, and he finished the game pretty banged up. Chester went into Maxwell last Friday with a bad taste in their mouth, and the Panthers took advantage of the work Biggs did for them, defeating Chester 20-7.
Page 2 of 2 - Last Friday Biggs delivered the same kind of treatment to Portola quarterback, Michael Martinez. Martinez finished the game on the sideline. And guess who Maxwell plays Friday—yep, the Tigers. Martinez is likely to play. He’s a tough kid, but he will probably still be looking over his shoulder for a Wolverine defender.
Led by defensive lineman Andrew Ramos, the Wolverines totaled 11 sacks on the night, and 14 of their 22 players record tackles. Ramos finished the night with three sacks, seven tackles, and a fumble recovery. Milburn led all tacklers with 13 and also added a sack. Velasquez picked up six stops and a sack, while Juan Castaneda had two sacks and five tackles. Evenson and Bennett were both credited with five stops and a sack. Roles picked off one of Martinez’ passes and contributed five tackles on the night. Wyatt Cain had four tackles against the Tigers, while Caleb Melton finished with three tackles and two sacks. Callaway, Jackson, Preston Castillo, and Jordan Johnson were each credited with two stops, while Tony Baeza added one.
Biggs is now beginning to hear their name thrown into State Championship tournament conversations. They were ranked ninth out of 10 teams being considered as the North State rep before last Friday’s contest. The Wolverines moved up 734 spots in national rankings this weekend and are now ranked 464th in the state and 13th in the section—pretty lofty talk for a school with only 156 students.
As I was leaving Kalbach Stadium Friday night I saw Shane Millican, one of Biggs players who doesn't get a lot of playing time, carrying in the sideline gear, and I asked him why. He just looked at me with a smile and said, “G.W.O.B., Sir, G.W.O.B.”.