Eagles end season with loss to Chester Flyers

Eagles end season with loss to Chester Flyers The Irene/Wakonda Eagles entered the first round of the 2004 South Dakota State Football Playoffs with anticipation of moving to the second round. However, the Chester Flyers would have nothing to do with that, ending the Eagles' season with a 48-0 victory.

The Eagles had earned a playoff berth by placing third in the 9AA Region 2 power points system. As the number-three seed, the Eagles traveled to Chester who was the number two seed.

Chester asserted itself early in the game, shutting down the Eagle offense and forcing a punt. Working with good field position, the Flyers drove the ball into the endzone on their first possession. Chester's strong-legged kicker sailed the ball into the endzone as he would all night.

The Eagles worked from deep in their own territory the whole game. With the offense not making any progress, the defense was forced to defend a short field.

The Flyers continued their assault on the Eagles' endzone, mixing the run and pass effectively. After one quarter of play, the Flyers were up 22-0.

Changing sides of the field didn't change the tempo of the play and Chester held a 36-0 lead at halftime. The Eagles did show signs of life in the second quarter, but the Flyers stopped them each time.

The Eagles gave their best effort in the second half, but it wasn't enough to stop the Chester team, and the game ended in third quarter, 48-0.

Defensively, Matt Rempp led the team with nine tackles from his defensive tackle position. Josh Nielson and Nick Peterson each recovered a Flyer fumble.

The Eagles, under the leadership of seniors Allen Alsdorf, Alex Nielsen, Brandon Parvin, Peterson, and Rempp, finished the season with a 6-3 record and third place in the Tri-Valley Conference.

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