Eagles battle to win over Sea Hawks The Irene/Wakonda Eagles held on to a 20-18 win against the Emery/Ethan Sea Hawks to improve their record to 2-2.
The Eagles wasted no time in giving their fans something to cheer about in what turned out to be an exciting crowd pleaser. Senior Alex Nielsen initiated the first damage of the game by rambling 48 yards on an option play to bring the ball to rest inside of E/E's 10 yard line. Nielsen then gave I/W their first points on a seven yard run.
Emery/Ethan wasted no time in giving their answer to the score. Two minutes after the Eagles' score, E/E was standing in the end zone with their own TD. When their conversion attempt failed, the score was knotted a 6-6.
The Sea Hawks scored on a short run in the second quarter to bring their lead to 12-6. The Eagles put together a nice drive with Nielsen and Brandon Parvin, senior running back, ripping off big chunks of yardage. Several key plays helped to keep the drive going, including an 18-yard run by junior Shaun Hessman.
Nielsen capped the drive with a 5-yard scoring run. The two point conversion by Parvin gave the Eagles a 14-12 halftime advantage.
The second half provided several trials for the Eagles, all of which they stood up to. A stubborn E/E defense didn't allow the Eagles much room in the third quarter. With under four minutes to play in the quarter, the Eagles were forced to punt.
A Sea Hawk defender slipped through to block the kick giving them great field advantage. The Eagles gave a strong resistance, but E/E was finally able to sneak the ball in. The Eagles got a break when the Sea Hawks were penalized on their two point conversion try which had been successful. Their second attempt failed, giving Emery/Ethan an 18-14 lead.
Irene/Wakonda showed they were not about to quit and answered with yet another Nielsen TD. This time it was a two yard plunge. The conversion try failed, giving the Eagles a narrow 20-18 advantage.
Although neither team scored in the fourth period, plenty of action took place. E/E, in an effort to move the ball, began to pass more frequently. The Eagle defense stopped most of their attempts hustle and heads up plays. Defensive lineman Nick Peterson, Josh Wuestewald, Matt Rempp and Jared Viergutz chased the Sea Hawk QB all over the field. When the Eagles gained possession of the ball with just over two minutes of play left, the win seemed secure. However, a fumble which was recovered by E/E gave one last attempt to the Sea Hawks.
The Eagles sealed the win, however, when sophomore Brock Mutchelknaus picked off a pass attempt to give the ball back to the Eagles. All the Eagles had to do was kneel down to end the game.
Offensively, Nielsen finished the game with 12 carries for 125 yards and 3 TD's. Parvin rushed for 73 yards and Hessman added 60. The Eagles totaled 296 yards of offense.
Defensively, Nielsen led the team with 9 1/2 tackles and a fumble recovery. Freshman Eric Anderson had 4 1/2 tackles and a fumble recovery. Emery/Ethan gained 345 yards of total offense. The Eagles play the Tea Titans Friday, Oct. 1 in Wakonda for homecoming. Game is 7 p.m.