Following Friday's 32-14 victory over Greenfield, the Diamond Wildcats stand one win away in their final two regular season games of assuring the first winning regular season in quite some time for the DHS football program.
Defensively, the Wildcats were about as good as they could have been against Greenfield. They shut down Greenfield 's offense for three quarters, before the opposing Wildcats (Greenfield shares the moniker) managed to score 14 points against Diamond's reserves late in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a 1-yard touchdown run by Brody Bien in the first quarter. After both teams traded punts, the Wildcats got inside Greenfield's 5-yard line in the second quarter, but missed a field goal to keep it 6-0.
Greenfield failed to capitalize on Diamond's misfortune, and Bien later hit Tanner Paradies on a 14-yard touchdown pass to make it 12-0 after a failed two-point conversion.
There the score remained at halftime.
Junior kicker Kyle Williams made up for his earlier kicking mistake by nailing field goals of 41 and 42 yards in the second half. His first kick, the 41-yarder, made it 15-0. Following a five-yard touchdown by Zach Renfro, Williams added a 42-yard kick in the fourth quarter to make it 25-0.
Greenfield followed with it's first touchdown on a 1-yard run by quarterback Hunter Montez, but Williams blocked the extra point attempt to make it 25-6. Greenfield scored again with 1:37 to go on a 15-yard pass. Diamond would respond though, as quarterback Evan Moreland hit Williams on a 55-yard strike with 50 seconds left. Williams then kicked the extra point to make it 32-14.
"My defense came out and played a great football game," Wildcats coach Jimmy Dushane said. "Gameplan wise, we kind of targeted two guys that we needed to shut down and we really shut those guys down. It kind of limited their offense.
"We got a turnover early, and we took it and played power football with them."
Though penalties continued to plague Diamond, something Dushane said his team must work to eliminate, he was very proud of the way his group played.
"We have to continue to work on it to try and get better, and will continue to do that," Dushane said. "As a coach you try to teach the kids to be disciplined and do things the right way. But we just continue to shoot ourselves in the foot sometimes.
"We're having great effort though. These kids are giving great effort and going hard and giving all the effort that they can give, which I can't say enough about."
Bien passed for 133 yards on 13 completions with a touchdown. Renfro led the team in rushing with 72 yards on 19 carries with a score. Bien also stood out on defense, where he led the team with 15 tackles, followed by eight from Darren Russow.
The Wildcats host Lockwood Friday at 7 p.m.