Eagles defeat Alcester-Hudson 38-20 Irene and Wakonda football fans had a lot to cheer about last Friday as the Eagles defeated the Alcester-Hudson Cubs, 38-20.
The Eagles took the initial kick-off, but the Cubs held the first three plays and the Eagles had to punt. The Cubs were not any more successful in their first series and also had to punt.
Each team traded the ball with the Eagles pushing the Cubs deeper into their own territory. However, with a little less than five minutes left in the period, Cub quarterback, Todd Neu, connected with flanker Craig Doty for a 76-yard pass play good for the first touchdown of the game.
Previously this season, the Eagles had responded positively when they were scored upon. The Eagles showed that this game was going to be different.
The squad put together a long drive, sometimes taking all four downs in the series, but they kept the ball moving forwards. Quarterback Alex Nielsen tied the game up with a 15-yard run on an option play in which he kept the ball. The extra point play failed, and the score remained at 6-6.
Less than five minutes later the Eagles again found the end zone. This time Nielsen connected with end Brett Anderson for a 15-yard pass play. Running back Brandon Parvin plowed into the end zone for a successful conversion to give the Eagles a 14-6 advantage.
The Cubs tried to put together an offensive drive but cornerback Mark Hauger intercepted a Cub pass. The Eagles set to work quickly and with 42 seconds left in the half, Parvin scored his forst of three TDs with a five-yard run. Nielsen converted on a run and the Eagles went into the half with a 22-6 score.
Parvin scored his second touchdown of the game late in the third. When sophomore Shawn Hessman scored the 2-
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point conversion, the Eagles had what seemed to be an insurmountable lead. However, two scores by the Cubs early in the fourth quarter put an uneasiness into the Eagle faithful.
Irene/Wakonda, up 30-20, was able to put together one more scoring drive to silence the Cubs. Parvin bulled his way over the goal from two yards out and then carried in the extra point give the Eagles a 38-20 lead.
The Eagle defense held on the Cubs last try and the final score stayed 38-20.
Strong play by the offensive line of Hauger, Anderson, Jeremy Rempp, Matt Rempp and Brett Mellem helped the eagles to gain 316 yards rushing. Key blocks downfield by flankers Brett Logue, Adam Gale, and Brian Gustad helped to break some long gainers by the backs.
The defensive corps played a solid game led by Jeremy Rempp with 9 1/2 tackles. Mellem was next with 8 1/2. Hauger had an interception and Pavin jumped on a fumble.
The Eagles held the Cubs to 42 yards rushing, but gave up 162 yards passing.
Irene/Wakonda will host the Baltic Bulldogs this Friday at 7 p.m. in Irene.