By Bruce Campbell Staff Writer

Garber coach Mark Harmon is not sounding the panic button after a 38-14 loss to Waukomis last week.

The Wolverines suffered a lopsided, 38-8 loss to Waukomis a year ago in the second district game of the season and still made the playoffs.

"There's a lot of football to be played," he said. "I hate to say this coming into the fourth week of the season, but we still have to work on the Wolverines because we're still making a lot of mistakes."

Garber had two fumbles and an interception against the Chiefs.

The Wolverines (1-2, 1-1 in District B-1) will play Timberlake (0-1, 2-1) at home at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Quarterback Josh Maly, who has been battling injuries early, is now 100 percent.

Timberlake, which lost to Cashion 42-6 last week, is averaging 190.3 yards a game rushing with a solid 1-2 punch of quarterback Nathan Clover (five touchdowns) and tailback Ethon Olson (three touchdowns). The Tigers have nine turnovers this season, including four against Cashion.

Garber has one of the area's top running backs in Chase Vencl, who has run for three touchdowns and scored on a pass reception.

"Timberlake and Garber are the same type of ballclub," Harmon said. "We both play smash-mouth football, and we have always had good defensive ballclubs. ... Whoever is the most physical will win."

Waukomis quarterback Cody Gragg ran for 220 yards, but Harmon thought the Wolverines played well defensively.

"I know that sounds funny, but our offense gave them two touchdowns off turnovers," Harmon said. "The Gragg kid is always going to get his fair share of yards. You can't stop a kid of that caliber. Our problems stem from our inability to put together a drive with minimal mistakes."

Harmon reported no major injuries.

Garber beat Timberlake 42-28 last season. The Wolverines have won five of the last six meetings.

C-D visits Shidler

Covington-Douglas, 3-0 for the first time since 1999, returns to district action Friday at Shidler (1-1 in district and 1-2 overall). The Wildcats beat Boise City 50-6 Friday.

Shidler has lost 40-12 to Copan and 29-0 to Pond Creek-Hunter but beat winless Kremlin-Hillsdale 22-6 Friday.

"They look pretty good on film," said Wildcats coach Brian Smith. "They have good size and speed. They look like a formidable challenge."

Boise City was the first team to score against the Wildcats this season. The BC Wildcats took an early, 6-0 lead, only to see Covington-Douglas score 50 unanswered points.

"I don't know if we were ready to play coming out of the locker room," Smith said. "That first touchdown was a wake-up call."

Covington-Douglas bounced back well, gaining 522 yards in total offense, the most yards it has gained in a game during Smith's four-year tenure.

T.J. Casteel did a "great job" replacing injured linebacker Devin Hudson. Brandon Casteel, Doug Woodford, Reed Donaldson and Andy Drake all graded high on defense.

Drake, Johnny Mullen and Kevin Everley saw equal time at tight end in place of Hudson. All three played well, Smith said. Hudson should be out at least another two weeks.

Quarterback Matt Lee threw for two scores, giving him three for the season.

He scored his fifth and sixth touchdowns of the season. Fullback Doug Woodford ran for almost 100 yards.

Donaldson, Clint Wicker and Aaron Henke "did a great job" up front, Smith said.

"The key to the game was winning the line of scrimmage," he said.

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