The Eagles started the game with the opening kick off. The Titan offense didn't take long to get on track as they reached the Eagles' endzone on their second possession. It came on a 44-yard pass play that caught the Eagles in the wrong position. The extra point try failed, giving the Titans the early 6-0 lead. However, the Eagle defense tightened up and did not allow another score for over 41 minutes.
Both teams became involved in a battle for field position. The Eagles were finally able to knot the score at 6-6 when Adam Polley plowed forward for a 1-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left in the period.
Neither team was able to score in the second stanza, although at times both teams moved the ball effectively. The halftime score was 6-6.
The Eagles' defense began to assert itself in the second half. Also, the offense started to gel and eat up chunks of yardage. As the third quarter wound to a close, Josh Nielson found Shaun Hessman on a pair of passes to bring the Eagles deep into Titan territory.
A good surge by the offensive line helped to push the ball closer to the endzone. Finally, Polley scored his second TD of the game with a 2-yard plunge. Nielson found Eric Anderson in the corner of the endzone for the conversion to lift the Eagles to a 14-6 advantage.
The Eagles defense then went to work and set up two scoring opportunities, both of which the offense took advantage of.
Mitch Hessman's interception of a Titan pass initiated the first score of the fourth period. Steady runs brought the ball to the 10. Then Nielson found Robert Hauger alone on the sideline for a 10-yard TD pass. Minutes later, Skylar Bender jumped on a loose ball. This time Nielson connected with Anderson for a 20-yard scoring pass.
This gave the Eagles a 26-6 lead. Tea was able to narrow the edge to 26-14 with under three minutes to play. The Eagles' defense allowed no more points to preserve the win.
Offensively for the Eagles, Shaun Hessman caught four passes for 70 yards. Anderson had 44 yards receiving and one touchdown. Polley carried the ball 19 times for 52 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Polley was credited with 15 tackles. Brock Mutchelknaus had 9 1/2 stops, and Shaun hessman had 2 1/2 tackles and an interception.
The offensive and defensive lines deserve credit for a strong second half on both sides of the ball. These players included: Jared Viergutz, Josh Wuestewald, Eric Hansen, Derrick Pearson, Andy Peterson, Mutchelknaus, Anderson and Bender.
The Eagles travel to Gayville this Friday to take on the Gayville-Volin Raiders.