W-P’s Sam Vyner runs the ball as he follows his blocker, Nick Smith during Friday’s homecoming loss to Alcona.

WHITTEMORE – Whittemore-Prescott had hoped to claim a homecoming victory over a solid Alcona team Friday night. The contest was delayed by weather for over an hour and the Cardinals could seemingly never quite get going in what was a 62-0 8-man football non-conference loss. 

“We expected their defense to blitz after looking at film, that’s what they do, so we thought we could get some passes over the top of them,” head coach Joe Murphy said. “We were successful a few times but we didn’t sustain any drives We had a problem holding on to the football, we had five turnovers and they turned all of those into points and you turn five turnovers into 40 points things start to slip away from you.” 

Alcona led 14-0 after the first quarter and had a monster second frame to take command with a 42-0 lead at the break.

Sam Vyner had career highs with 116 rushing yards and 53 receiving yards. Nick Smith passed for 78 yards and he rushed for 64 yards. 

Dillan Parent had six tackles, Sam Vyner had five tackles and Dylan Broughton had four tackles and one sack. 

“We were missing our leading rusher and leading tackler (Brady Oliver) coming into the game and that kind of put our offense out of rhythm,” Murphy said. “I thought Vyner stepped in and played pretty good, he played really well for a freshman. I think he has a bright future.” 

W-P (2-5 overall, 1-3 NSL) returns to conference action on Friday, when it heads to Hillman (4-3, 3-2). The Tigers lost their first two games of the season, but have played well since, including winning their last three contests. Last week, Hillman took down Posen 34-14. 

“That was definitely disappointing, I think all of the kids were disappointed, it hurts to get beat that bad on homecoming,” Murphy said. “We just have to come back to practice and work hard. We have two games left and we are going to make the best of them. We don’t really have a shot at making the playoffs, so I want to go out and win these two games, have good practices and finish the season strong.”

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