continued Given new life, F-M went back to the ground game. Pulver's 26-yard run got it into Wildcat territory, and from the Wildcats' 20, Bortel broke through the middle of the line and found the end zone for the go-ahead TD with 5:48 left.
As it had done all night, the Hornets kicked off short, to avoid getting it to WG's star senior tailback, Naes Howard. Here, though, the Wildcats flubbed the kick, and Chris Dobrzynski recovered for the Hornets. Two plays later, Bortel was gone again, this time a 30-yard scoring run, his second in a 50-second span.
Suddenly trailing 37-26, WG had to throw the ball, and on fourth down Tim Byrnes sacked Gauthier to turn the ball over on downs. Once more, Bortel got the ball - and once again, he was gone, a 55-yard touchdown with 2:11 left to wrap it up.
All of this followed a first half where both teams turned it over twice, and also hurt themselves with ill-timed penalties, which kept the game close.
Howard, who would finish with 234 yards on 30 carries, opened the scoring with a seven-yard TD run, but Wittig countered with an eight-yard scramble to the end zone late in the first quarter before throwing a 24-yard scoring strike to Jack Wilson early in the second quarter. Wilson also intercepted Gauthier twice in the half.
But the Wildcats tied it again, 13-13, on Howard's second TD, a 14-yard scamper, with less than a minute to play in the half. Aided by a Wildcat penalty, the Hornets scrambled to WG's 28, and Wittig, atoning for his own interception, crushed a 45-yard field goal on the last play of the half to give his side a 16-13 lead at the break.
The game quieted down a bit in the third quarter, and WG appeared to find a winning formula when it handed the ball to Howard nine times in 11 plays on a 63-yard march, including the final yard for the six points that gave the Wildcats a 19-16 edge.