LEONARD — A strong defensive effort that produced all three touchdowns led the Wolfe City Wolves to a 21-0 victory against the Leonard Tigers in the season-opener at Tiger Stadium on Friday night.
For the most part both offenses struggles to get going and it was Wolfe City that made the most of creating turnovers.
The Wolves took the opening kickoff and eventually drove to the Leonard 20-yard line before being stopped on downs. A delay-of-game penalty proved costly toward the end of the possession.
On the Tigers' initial possession, Dayton Smith intercepted a pass and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown to give Wolfe City a 7-0 lead at the 2:43 mark of the first quarter.
Leonard's D.J. Brown came up with an interception with 5:50 remaining in the half but the Tigers were unable to capitalize on it and the score stayed 7-0 at half-time.
Wolfe City made it 14-0 when Mo Russell picked up a fumble forced by Smith and returned it 58 yards for a score with 1:41 left in the third quarter.
Leonard drove into Wolfe City territory trying to get back into the contest but a fumble was picked up by Fisk and returned it for a score and a 21-0 lead.
Leonard's Cody Houser returned the ensuing kickoff into WC territory but a penalty nullified the play.
Dylan Wilson led the Wolves with 23 carries for 142 yards and Wolfe City held Leonard to just 90 yards of offense.
Nate Harris had 20 carries for 63 yards to pace the Tigers, who face Leonard this week.