Eagles have convincing win over Wildcats

Eagles have convincing win over Wildcats The Irene/Wakonda Eagles ended the 2004 regular season with a convincing 46-26 win over the Tripp-Delmont Wildcats on Thursday, Oct. 21.

The Eagles started the game by kicking off to the Wildcats. Tripp-Delmont started their first possession by stringing together a couple of first downs, but the Eagle defense then shut them down. A steady course of running plays brought the Eagles to the Tripp-Delmont three-yard line.

Adam Polley, a sophomore running back, powered over the goal line to give the Eagles a 6-0 lead. Senior Alex Nielsen swept around the right side to make the 2-point conversion successful.

The Wildcats came back with 9:31 left to play in the second quarter to score on a 21-yard run by Dustin Will. The Eagles clung to an 8-6 lead when the conversion try failed. Polley answered the score five minutes later with a nine-yard TD run to make the score 16-6.

The Wildcats mounted a late drive that was capped off by a 15-yard pass from Andrew Fink to Will. The Eagles stopped the conversion try to take a 16-12 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, the Eagles added a cushion to their lead when Nielsen hit freshman end Eric Anderson in the end zone for a 14-yard pass. Nielsen added the conversion to make the score 24-12.

Will answered the call for Tripp-Delmont with his third TD of the night. With a successful conversion, the Wildcats trailed 24-20.

The Eagles then began to chew up the field with steady gains on the ground. Running backs Robert Hauger and Adam Alsdorf found holes made by the line blocking of Nick Peterson, Anderson, Kent Stockland, Eric Hanson, Matt Rempp and Brock Mutchelknaus.

Alsdorf took the ball in from four yards out late in the third quarter. Hauger added the 2-point conversion, and the Eagles led 32-20. Alsdorf was in the end zone four minutes later, and Hauger again added the conversion to make the lead 40-20.

Will had one more touchdown left in him. With 7:42 left in the game, the senior running back scored his fourth and last touchdown of the game.

Hauger ended all scoring for the night with a three-yard run. He also added the conversion.

Offensively, the Eagles gained 308 yards rushing and 24 passing. Polley finished the night with 123 yards and two touchdowns. Hauger gained 68 yards.

Defensively, the Eagles held the Wildcats to 212 total yards of offense. Rempp was the leading tackler with nine stops. Alsdorf was credited with six and one half stops.

The Eagles finished the regular season with a fine game winning streak to earn a 6-2 mark. The Eagles play the Chester Flyers in Chester for their first round game in the playoffs.

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