Eagles win season opener Solid play by the line on both sides of the football helped the Irene/Wakonda Eagles secure a 35-8 win in the 2004 season opener against the Viborg Vikings.
The Eagles, starting the season with several new faces on the field, controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the entire game helping to total 320 yards of offense while holding Viborg to just 168 yards.
Behind the blocking of front line Matt Rempp, Allen Alsdorg, Kent Stockland, Nick Peterson, Brock Mutschelknaus and Eric Anderson, five running backs were able to gain 30 or more yards a piece which makes if difficult for the defense to key on just one person.
Robert Hauger, a sophomore back, scored the first points of the season on a nice 47-yard run. Senior Brandon Parvin powered in for the extra point try to give the Eagles an 8-0 lead. With 22 seconds left in the quarter, Parvin again found the end zone; this time for a TD. Adam Polley's kick was good to raise the score to 15-0.
The second quarter was played mostly in the middle of the field. Viborg was able to score with 2:42 left in the half after recovering a fumble following a punt. Their extra point conversion made the score 15-8 in favor of the Eagles.
Showing poise and confidence, senior quarterback Alex Nielsen guided the Eagles down the field. With just eight seconds left in the half, Polley took a six-yard pass from Nielsen into the end zone. The half ended with a 21-8 Irene/Wakonda lead.
The Eagles defense continued to keep the Vikings offense in check the second half. Although the Vikings were able to string a few first downs together, they never seriously challenged the Eagles' end zone in the second half. The Blue and White, however, did score twice; once in each quarter.
Nielsen connected with junior wingback � Shawn Hessman for a beautiful 35-yard pass in the end zone. The same pair connected on a pass play for the conversion to make the score 29-8.
Polley capped the scoring with a five-yard run late in the game to make the final score 35-8.
Defensively, the front line of Rempp, Derrick Pearson, Jared Viegutz and Josh Wuestewald did a great job of shutting down the run and harassing the Viking quarterback on pass plays.
Polley was the leading tackler with nine tackles. He was followed by Hauger with eight.
The defense caused five Viborg turnovers with Hessman, Polley, and Hauger each snaring an interception. Hessman and Nielsen also recovered a Viking fumble apiece.
Offensively, Hauger had 97 yards on nine attempts for one TD. Parvin gained 51 yards and added a touchdown. Alex Nielson was 10-16 in passing for 119 yards and two TD's.
Hessman was the leading receiver with four receptions for 60 yards and one TD.
The Eagles will host the Centerville Tornadoes in Wakonda on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.