Wolves snap losing skid to end season

Days Creek upsets No. 9 Glendale, 36-34, in season finale


Tiller-Trail Times

Wyatt Geiger, playing against North Lake earlier in the season, threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Glendale.

Tiller-Trail Times

GLENDALE – On paper, the Glendale football team should have trounced Days Creek.

But games aren’t played on paper, they’re played on the gridiron. And on Oct. 22 the Wolves had the right ingredients for an upset. 

The Days Creek football team picked up its first win in its season finale, defeating Glendale, 36-34.

“It was the best weve played all year,” third-year coach Travis Fuller said. “The seniors played their best game, and Wyatt Geiger had the best game he’s played all season.”

Geiger passed for 237 yards, completing 20-of-30 passes, including three touchdowns. 

It was a come-from-behind win for the Wolves. Midway through the second quarter, Aiden Denson caught a 28-yard TD pass from Geiger that gave Days Creek its first lead at 24-20. No. 9-ranked Glendale didn’t give up, but Geiger’s 25-yard TD pass to senior Hayden Harris put Days Creek up by 11 late in the game.

“It was great to have my first touchdown,” Harris said. “It was awesome to play in the rain and under the lights.” 

The game was played under a steady rain and under the lights at Leckel Field.

 James Buckner rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns. It was a strong finish for the senior, who suffered a severe ankle injury in the team’s season opener and feared he might miss the entire season. 

Buckner and Harris are the team’s lone losses to graduation.

Freshman Xane Hopkins scored a touchdown in the first quarter before succumbing to a knee injury. He is expected to be healthy before the start of basketball season.

2022 was Geiger’s second year as starting quarterback. He has thrown for 1,791 yards and 22 touchdowns in his career. Class of 2017 graduate Colton Fuller owns the school record for passing yards with 6,695.

The win against Glendale ended an 11-game losing streak for the program dating back to last season.

“They ended the season off on a great note and they persevered to the end,” Fuller said. “I hope to see the same motivation next year.”