Poplar Rolls Over Harlem, 64-36
The Poplar Indians got their football season off to a great start by posting a 64-36 victory in Harlem on Friday, Aug. 25.
“The boys played well,” Poplar Coach Joe Hammar said. “We tackled extremely well and stood Harlem up in the red zone twice.”
Poplar jumped out to a 19-6 lead during the first quarter. William Youngman ran 25 yards for the team’s first touchdown and Cameron Spotted Bird added the conversion.
Youngman then scored on a 15-yard scramble for the Indians. Poplar’s final score of the first quarter came on a 10-yard run by Kameron Reum.
Youngman broke loose for a 72-yard touchdown dash early in the second quarter. An eight-yard run by Reum put the Indians ahead by a 31-6 margin.
Poplar’s defense created two big plays to increase the margin. Blake Lambert returned an interception for a touchdown to put the lead at 37-6. Gage Berg then recovered a fumble and went 24 yards for a touchdown. Spotted Bird kicked the PAT for a 44-6 half-time score.
The Indians struck in the third quarter on a 26-yard run by Reum.
A six-yard run by Youngman put the Indians ahead 56-14 at the end of three quarters of play.
Poplar added a touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 62yard kickoff return by Reum. Youngman passed to Lambert for a two-point conversion.
The Indians have a bye week before hosting Circle on Saturday, Sept. 9. Hammar said the team will work on conditioning this week.
“With the addition of six or seven players for the next game, we plan on trying to tree another set of Wildcats,” Hammar said.