Eagles reward fans with win For Irene/Wakonda Eagles fans who faced a stiff breeze and chilly temperatures, their long drive to Baltic was rewarded with a 14-6 win over the Bulldogs on Oct. 15.
The Eagles' defense was first on the field last Friday. They set the tone for the game by stopping the Bulldogs on their first possession. Baltic punted to I/W and the Eagle offense took over.
The Eagles moved the ball steadily and with 6:40 left in the half, quarterback Alex Nielsen powered in from the one for the first touchdown.
When Nielsen converted on the point after try, the Eagles were up 8-0. That was all the scoring that a staunch Bulldog defense would allow.
Both defenses took turns stopping the other team's offense until midway through the second quarter. Bulldog quarterback Jacob Sittig found receiver Nathan Thorpe on a pass for a 50-yard score. The extra point was stopped by the Eagles to preserve their lead.
The third quarter was scoreless as neither team could mount a drive that reached the end zone.
In the fourth quarter the Eagles found themselves backed up against their own goal line when the Bulldogs found themselves on the 9 1/2 yard line with first and goal.
Three running plays moved the ball to the three-yard line. The Bulldogs again attempted a pass from Sittig to Thorpe for a score, but this time cornerback Brock Mutchelknaus stepped in front of the pass at the goal line and sprinted 100 yards to give the Eagles a TD and a 14-6 lead.
The Bulldogs didn't give up, however, and maintained pressure on the Eagles. Time finally expired with the ball in Baltic's possession just into the Eagles' half of the field.
Offensively, Brandon Parvin carried the ball 17 times for 63 yards. Shaun Hessman and Mutchelknaus both had one reception apiece.
Defensively, tackle Matt Rempp led the team with 11 1/2 tackles and a fumble recovery. Nielsen was credited with 11 stops.