BY DAVE LAURIHA
Having met its coach’s expectation of playing tough football in the first half Friday, Western Wayne needed a little bit of spark in the second half.
Sophomore Robbie Siclari provided two big jolts in the first four minutes after halftime, returning a punt 64 yards for a touchdown, then stripping a Montrose back of the ball and returning the fumble 35 yards for another score 13 seconds later.
The touchdowns propelled the Wildcats to a 36-6 win over Montrose at Ambrose Mullen Memorial Stadium in a nonleague battle of winless teams.
The Meteors committed seven penalties and turned the ball over five times, and a punt return really hurt.
But Montrose (0-3) started to gather a little momentum late in the first half, allowing the Wildcats to run just four plays over the final 10 minutes.
“No excuses. Two guys missed tackles on the punt return, one near the catch and the other at the corner,” Montrose coach Jack Keihl said. “(On the fumble), I thought the play was dead and turned away so I don’t know what happened.”
What happened was a nice win for the Wildcats, who showed Coach Butch Keller signs of improvement.
“Montrose wasn’t going to try any tricks, just line up and smack you in the mouth,” Keller said. “We had to stand up and play tough, and we did.