Eagles downed by Gregory 26-14 The Irene/Wakonda Eagles took a two and a half hour bus trip last Friday to Gregory to take on the Gorillas. Gregory won 26-14.
Gregory took the opening kick off to start the game. The Eagles stopped their initial drive and forced them to punt. The offensive woes that the Eagles had experienced in their first game continued. The Eagles also had to punt.
Disaster struck in the first period as the Gorillas used two big plays to gain a 13-0 lead. The first score came on a misdirection play that found the Eagle defenders napping for 67 yard scoring romp.
The Eagles offense was once again stopped and forced to punt. This time the punt coverage broke down and the Gorillas returned a punt for 45 yards and a TD. Both teams played solid defense in the second quarter and no more points were scored.
When Gregory again used a big play, this time a 53-yard pass, it looked like the 20-0 lead might be insurmountable. However, the Eagles had spirit left and quickly drove back down the field behind the direction of sophomore quarterback, Josh Nielson. Using a passing offense, the Eagles scored their first TD on a 24-yard pass from Nielson to Robert Hauger. Nielson's pass to Eric Anderson for the conversion points was good and the Eagles trailed 20-8.
Senior defensive back Shaun Hessman intercepted a Gorilla pass and the Eagles attacked once again. This time Nielson deftly weaved his way across the field behind some good blocks and scored from 53 yards out.
The defense once again did its job and stopped the Gorillas. The Eagles once again moved down field into scoring distance. However, Nielson's pass was picked off in the end zone to stop the threat.
Gregory tacked on a score with three minutes remaining to ensure their win, 26-14.
Offensively, Nielson was 8-15 passes for 167 yards and one TD. Nielson also was the leading rusher with 55 yards and one TD. Anderson caught five passes for 104 yards. Hauger had two receptions for 64 yards and a TD.
Defensively, Anderson had 11 tackles. He was followed by Adam Polley with nine stops, and Brock Mutchelknaus had six. Shaun Hessman had two interceptions.
The Eagles travel to Baltic this Friday to take on the Bulldogs at 7 p.m.