Irene/Wakonda Eagles improve record

Irene/Wakonda Eagles improve record The Irene/Wakonda Eagles improved their season record to 4-2 with a 42-18 win over the Alcester-Hudson Cubs in Irene on Oct. 8.

The Eagles scored twice in the first period. The offense put together a drive combining runs by seniors Alex Nielsen and Brandon Parvin to get to the 12-yard line. From there Nielsen dropped back to pass, but finding no one open, scampered in for the first score of the game.

Nielsen added a three-yard TD with 2:39 left in the quarter. He then connected with senior tight end Nick Peterson for the 2-point conversion to extend the lead to 14-0.

The Cubs proved that they still had plenty of game in them as they mounted several drives. For the most part the Eagles were able to stop the drives.

Over the game the Cubs committed five turnovers that proved costly for them. Senior running back Chad Grey gave the Cubs their first points with a two-yard run, narrowing the Eagles' lead to 14-6.

The Eagles responded with a 12-yard pass from Nielsen to sophomore Brock Mutchelknaus standing in the endzone. Runningback Adam Polley outraced everyone to the pylon to add the conversion points and raised the score to 22-6.

In the second half the Cubs' offense exploded for two quick touchdowns. The first came on a seven-yard run by Josh Halvorson. This capped a strong drive by the Cubs who mixed their runs and passes to move the ball consistently. Their second score came just minutes later on a 47-yard pass from Todd Neu to Matt Merrick. Both conversion attempts were turned back by the Eagles and the score stood at 22-18.

The Eagles' special teams claimed the next touchdown for the Eagles. Alcester-Hudson was forced to punt deep in their own territory. When the snap sailed over their punter's head, the Eagles swooped in to cover it. Freshman Eric Anderson jumped on the ball in the endzone for an Eagle TD. The third quarter ended with I/W leading 28-18.

The Eagles sealed the win with two more touchdowns in the final stanza. Offensively, Nielsen scored three TDs on the ground and threw for one. Parvin gained 115 yards on 19 carries. The Eagles amassed 335 total yards of offense.

Defensively, Anderson had two fumble recoveries, one for a touchdown. Nielsen had seven tackles and Matt Rempp was in on five. Mutchelknaus had an interception and a fumble recovery. Rempp also recovered a fumble.

The Eagles travel to Baltic to take on the Bulldogs in Tri-Valley Conference action this Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.

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