Centerville Tornadoes too strong for Eagles In the second game of the season, the Irene/Wakonda Eagles squared off against the Centerville Tornadoes. After 48 minutes of play the Eagles found themselves on the wrong side of a 12-0 score.
The Eagles opened the game by kicking off to the Tornadoes. A good defensive effort resulted in a Centerville punt. However, the Eagles could not put together a sustained offensive effort of their own; this was a problem that would plague the Eagles for the rest of the game.
Midway through the first quarter, Tornado wingback Lance Buseman put the first points on the board with a two-yard run. The Eagles repelled the conversion try to keep the score at 6-0. This score would stand until 1:33 left in the game.
The Eagles defense gave up big chunks of yardage between the 30s, but stiffened up inside of the 30 yard line to keep Centerville at bay. The Eagles lack of offense, however, was too much to overcome.
Offensively, quarterback Alex Nielsen was the leading rusher with 51 yards. Nielsen was 3-14 passing for 12 yards. Defensively, Brett Mellem and Jeremy Rempp were the leading tacklers with 11 1/2 and 9 1/2 stops Respectively.
Punter Brett Anderson did a good job of keeping Centerville in their own territory with his kicks averaging almost 37 yards per punt.
The Eagles will take on the Dell Rapids St. Mary Cardinals in Wakonda on Friday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.