The Michigan City Wolves kick off their return with a pre-season scrimmage game against New Prairie at Amzie Miller Field on Friday.
NEW CARLISLE, Ind. — Michigan City Football is officially back as the Wolves took part in their annual pre-season controlled scrimmage with New Prairie at Amzie Miller Field Friday.
If Friday’s action was any indication, look for City to pick up right where they left off from last year’s historic 9-4 season and deep playoff run.
The first team Wolves offense found its rhythm early and often during the first 15 play series starting from its own 35-yard line where City converted two scoring plays in its five starting possessions.
City quarterback Bryce Hayman threw an interception on the second play of first drive, but came back to complete a 37 yd pass to Kameron Muhammad that set up a Muhammad 17 yard touchdown run.
Hayman was then picked a second time before turning a quarterback keeper into a 65 yard TD.
“Bryce.did a good job today,” Wolves third-year coach Phil Mason said of Hayman who is making the transition from baseball to the starting quarterback position.
“ He’s still in a little bit of a baseball trajectory,” Mason added.”He’s got to get the ball up in the air little bit, and I think that’s what hurt him on the two picks.”
The first team Wolves defense came on solid limiting New Prairie to one score, using 12 plays aided by a penalty before allowing a one yard run by Tyler Graeber. City’s pass rush that featured Chase Triplett and Justin Wozniak coming off their defensive end positions recorded sacks on the final three plays
“They’re just physical and fast,” Mason said of his defensive unit. “A couple of things that bothered me through the whole thing is a couple of (pass interference) penalties. “But our kids were excited. They wanted to play hard and they wanted to play fast. “
City was proficient on their 10 play goal line series, scoring four times starting from the 10-yard line. Muhammad had scores of four and five-yard runs while Hayman connected with Wozniak on TDs of four and 10 yards.
“We can spread it around,” Mason said of his offensive options .“We’ve got some guys we can get the ball to.”
New Prairie answered on their goal line series with a five-yard run by Graber and was credited with a one-yard plunge by Ian Skornog although it appeared he was stopped a yard short of the goal line. Wolves safety Marquan Hurt intercepted a pass during the sequence.
The Wolves final series starting from the New Prairie 35 yard line featured back to back touchdown plays; a 35 yard run by Hayman followed by a 35 yard TD strike from Hayman to Muhammad. Defensive back Kejuan Rufus came up with an interception on the Wolves last defensive series.