Irene/Wakonda drops season-opener Friday Sept. 5 was the opening game for the newly formed Irene/Wakonda Eagles who faced the Viborg Vikings. Unfortunately, the game was won by the Vikings, 20-8.
The Eagles opened the game by kicking off to Viborg. A stiff Eagle defense forced Viborg to punt. The Eagles could do no better on their initial possession and had to return the ball to the Vikings.
Both teams moved the ball between the 25-yard lines, but once inside that area, the defenses became very stingy. Finally, with just over two minutes left in the first quarter, the Vikings scored on a nice hitch and go play. Christopher Larsen hit Jordan Knudson with a 13-yard TD pass to make the score 6-0 for Viborg. The Eagles snuffed out the conversion try.
Both teams traded jabs in the middle of the field again with the punters trying to help their teams maintain field position. Viborg landed a punt on the one-yard line which Irene could only return to the three-yard line. On the next play, Viborg forced a punt which Aaron Jensen jumped on in the end zone. The extra point try was again nullified, but Viborg led 12-0 at the half.
The Eagles took the kick off to open the second half, but could not do anything with it. After trading punts, Irene/Wakonda began a long march. Most of the yardage was gained on the ground, but several key passes helped to keep the drive alive. Brandon Parvin capped the drive off with a one-yard plunge to score the first Eagle TD ever. On the two-point conversion try, OB Alex Nielsen found end, Brett Anderson in the corner of the end zone to make the score 12-8 in the Vikings favor.
Viborg put together a drive of their own in the fourth quarter. Each time it seemed the Eagles had the Vikings stopped, Viborg converted on a crucial third-down play. Finally, Larsen and Knudson collaborated on a 13-yard pass play. Larsen then connected with Josh Christensen to earn two more points, which increased Viborg's lead to 20-8.
Although they tried valiantly, the Eagles could not close the gap and suffered an opening game defeat.
For the Eagles, junior Parvin gained 20 yards on 14 carries. Junior quarterback Nielsen, was 12-24 for 68 yards passing. Senior Anderson hauled in five passes for 36 yards.
Defensively, senior linebacker Brett Mellen led the team with 11 tackles. Defense tackle, Jeremy Rempp, was in on nine stops.
The Eagles will travel to Centerville on Friday to take on the Tornadoes in Tri-Valley Conference action.