Despite loss, Eagles qualify for play-offs

Despite loss, Eagles qualify for play-offs The last regular season game for 2003 ended in a "good news – bad news" sort of way for the Irene/Wakonda Eagles. The bad news was that they lost 54-8 to the Tripp-Delmont Wildcats. The good news was that the Eagles still qualified for the play-offs to extend their season.

It was a beautiful fall night in Tripp last Thursday. The Eagles took the opening kick off but had to turn it over to the Wildcats on a punt. The Wildcats wasted little time flexing their muscle when they scored on a 32-yard pass play. The Eagles, however, charged right back. Senior Jeff Heier broke loose for a 78-yard scoring scamper. Running back Brandon Parvin gave the Eagles an 8-6 lead when he ran in the two-point conversion.

Tripp-Delmont answered right back with a score of their own plus the conversion to take a 14-8 lead. The Eagles were not going to get any closer for the rest of the game.

The Wildcats clamped down on the Eagles offense for the rest of the game. Irene/Wakonda was able to generate only 138 yards of total offense in the game. Meanwhile, the Wildcat runners and receivers put together an impressive showing with 442 total yards.

Leading the Eagles was Jeff Heier with 84 yards and one touchdown. Jeremy Rempp and Matt Rempp had 7 1/2 and 6 1/2 tackles respectively.

The Eagles will be playing the Bridgewater/Canistota Crusaders in the first round of the 9AA play-offs. The game was held in Canistota on Thursday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m.

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