Eagles defeated by Centerville Tornadoes 30-12 The Irene/Wakonda Eagles hosted the Centerville Tornadoes in Wakonda Friday, Sept. 10, losing a Tri-Valley Conference game 30-12.
Like the name of their mascot, the Centerville football team left a path of destruction enroute to totaling 405 yards of offense. Nick Pingrey, a 220 pound sophomore fullback, did most of the damage as he gained 157 yards behind a massive offensive line.
The Eagles started the game by kicking off to the Tornadoes and forcing them to punt on their first series. On the very first play from scrimmage, Adam Polley burst through a hole in the middle of the line and raced 62 yards for the first score of the game. Centerville replied with their own score three minutes later to tie the game at 6-6.
In the last minutes of the first quarter, Tornado QB Carter Jacobson dropped back to pass. The Eagle front, putting on a great deal of pressure, caused Jacobson to throw a pass which was picked off by Alex Nielsen. The senior ran 63 yards down the sideline to put the Eagles up 12-6. Unfortunately, that was the last time Irene/Wakonda would reach the end zone.
Centerville went on to grind out two second quarter TDs to earn a 22-12 halftime lead. Another touchdown at the end of the third quarter sealed the victory for the Tornadoes.
Offensively, Adam Polley gained 92 yards on eight carries and had one TD to lead the Eagles. Nielsen was five of 11 passes for 59 yards. Nielsen was the defensive leader with 9 1/2 tackles and an interception. Brock Mutchelknaus had nine tackles and two fumble recoveries in the loss.