It was only fitting, therefore, that the Bulldogs used several big-time runs to dispatch of a pesky, if not fully-polished, Cedar Crest Falcon team Friday night in West Lawn, 35-0.
Despite tallying their 500th program win last week against McCaskey, the Bulldogs never seemed fully satisfied with themselves until they had win No. 501 under their proverbial, um, collar.
Even now, standing at 2-0 in Section One play and 5-0 overall after Friday night's win, the Bulldogs still don't seem satisfied with their progress.
"We weren't finishing drives," said Wilson head coach Doug Dahms. "We controlled the line of scrimmage, (but) I thought we should have scored a lot more points."
Fair enough, considering Wilson finished with only eight official first downs, a credit to Cedar Crest's defensive effort. However, the Bulldogs used huge gainers on their five touchdown drives, tallying seven plays of 20 or more yards on the night.
Running back Shane Dantzler ran for two first-quarter touchdowns, including a 46-yard score on Wilson's opening drive and runs of 23 yards and 12 yards (the latter one to paydirt) on their second drive.
Yet, as successful as the Bulldogs were in the first quarter, Cedar Crest held Wilson scoreless through the rest of the first half to keep the Falcons within striking distance at halftime.
All the same, the Falcon offense wasn't faring much better against the mighty Wilson defense.
"Overall, we played pretty well," said Dahms. "We took away their run game for their quarterback who's a pretty good runner."
The aforementioned Falcons quarterback, Gage Ocker, finished with only 38 yards on eight carries and added 52 yards through the air on just 4-of-16 passing. Meanwhile, the rest of the Falcon ball carriers only managed 32 yards on the night.
"We really swarmed to the ball," said Dahms. "Those are big backs and we (had) to gang-tackle them. And there were a couple of fourth-and-shorts we stuffed them on."
Cedar Crest went for it on fourth down numerous times during the game to try and get on the board. They turned the ball over on downs several times at midfield, and the Falcons' best drive ended at the 23-yard line in the second quarter after three straight incompletions from Ocker.
"We weren't consistent enough tonight," said Falcon's coach Tom Waranavage. "Offensively we could not help our defense. We hurt ourselves with penalties and miscues."
The Falcons had seven penalties in the first half, including three straight procedure calls to open the game, and gave up 60 penalty yards for the night.
"We shot ourselves in the toes so many times tonight, we ran out of toes on each foot," Waranavage quipped.
Yet Waranavage had high praise for his special teams, which he said did a "fantastic job."
"Their return kid is as quick as a hiccup, and we did a pretty good job in the first half," he said. "We stemmed that first half, but the third quarter, the wheels came off the cart."
Wilson began the third quarter with good field position at the 50-yard line, but only after a holding penalty wiped out what would have been a 70-yard return deep into Falcon territory. That hardly mattered, however, as Dantzler (13 carries, 161 yards) finished off the drive with his third touchdown of the night, a modest 14-yarder, to go up 21-0.
Later, the Bulldogs added a 45-yard touchdown from Hunter Hatlee (two carries, 98 yards) and a 33-yard pass from quarterback Matt Timochenko to Dominic Nigrelli to put the game away.
"Defensively we kind of stemmed it for a while," said Waranavage. "We just didn't play the way we need to play against a team like this.
"Their kids, give them credit, they play hard. They lost a lot of kids (but) it comes back to tradition and the expectations here at Wilson."
"Ultimately, that's the goal (for us)," he added. "(It's) part of the process of being in games like this. It's not hoping to be in it but expecting to be in it. You're never satisfied."
Which, not surprisingly, sounds a lot like the Bulldogs' mentality both before Friday's game and after.
"There are little things," said Dahms, "we've got to look at the film. We've got to keep getting better.
"It doesn't get any easier. Hempfield smacked McCaskey pretty good, and we have them next week. We've just got to keep getting better, one game at a time, keep working on the little things and see what happens. We have a nice, balanced squad, we just have to keep getting better."
WILSON 35, CEDAR CREST 0
Cedar Crest 0-0-0-0 - 0
Wilson 14-0-21-0 - 35
W - Dantzler 46 run (Rubright kick)
W - Dantzler 12 run (Rubright kick)
W - Dantzler 14 run (Rubright kick)
W - Hatlee 45 run (H. Rubright kick)
W - Nigrelli 33 pass from Timochenko (H. Rubright kick)
CC - W
First downs 5 - 8
Rushes-yards 24-70 - 26-291
Passing 5-19-1 - 8-14-1
Passing yards 62 - 120
Total yards 132 - 411
Punts 7-30 - 2-26
Fumbles-lost 1-0 - 2-0
Penalties-yards 8-60 - 5-53
Rushing: CC - Yost 3-4, Horn 3-14, Edwards 3-11, Bucher 1-(minus 4), Ocker 8-38; W - Dantzler 13-161, Hatlee 2-98, Howell 1-(minus 2), Templin 2-1, Ritter 1-(minus 2), Miller 4-28, Pych 1-4, Gehman 1-8, Timochenko 1-5
Passing: CC - Ocker 4-16-1, 53 yards; J. Bucher 1-3-0, 9 yards; W - Timocheno 7-13-1, 93 yards; Pych 1-1-0, 27 yards
Receiving: CC - Edwards 2-15, Pierre 2-42, Lombakis 1-5; W - Zerbe 1-18, Watkins 1-10, Close 1-5, Nigrelli 3-50, Smith 1-27, Pych 1-10