Eagles help play off chances with win

Eagles help play off chances with win
Despite the fact that the Alcester-Hudson Cubs scored a 64-yard touchdown on their second play, the Irene/ Wakonda Eagles defeated the Cubs 41-12 last Friday in Alcester.

The Tri-Valley Conference matchup was an important game for the Eagles. The Cubs are one of the 9AA Region III teams. The Eagles helped their chances of a playoff berth with the win.

After the quick scoring strike by the Cubs, the Eagles were taken by surprise on an onside kick which the Cubs recovered near the I/W 40-yard line. The defense took over and held fast this time with Mitch Hessman intercepting the football.

The Eagles were forced to punt, but the reception was mishandled and Adam Polley pounced on the ball. The Eagles drove the ball to the Cubs one-yard line. Polley followed the line surge for the Eagles six-point answer to tie the game 6-6.

Three minutes later, Eric Anderson stepped in front of a screen pass and ran 60 yards to put the Eagles ahead 12-6.

In the second quarter, the Eagles had several short drives, but nothing that came close to scoring until the end. Robert Hauger intercepted a pass just in Eagle territory. Josh Nielson completed passes to Anderson, Polley and Mitch Hessman to move the ball to the seven. Nielson then completed a pass to Shaun Hessman who carried the ball into the end zone with no time left on the clock. Nielson's pass to Anderson for the conversion gave the Eagles a 20-6 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, the Cubs blocked a punt which they returned for a TD to make the score 20-12. The Eagles answered the score by driving downfield. Hauger broke loose from the 35 and scored to make the score 26-12.

Twenty-six seconds later, after the Cubs had returned the ball to the Eagles 15, Polley stepped in front of a Cub pass and raced 85 yards for another TD. After the conversion the score stood at 34-12.

For good measure, the Eagles ran time off the clock and Polley added one more TD in the fourth quarter. Arron Ness kicked the extra point for the last point of the evening.

Offensively, Polley had 75 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Hauger added 57 yards on the ground. Nielson was 6 of 10 passing for 54 yards and a TD.

Defensively, Polley had 10 tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception. Derrick Pearson had seven tackles, and Josh Wuestewald was in on eight stops.

The Eagles will host the Viborg Vikings in Wakonda on Oct. 14. The game will start at 7 p.m. Parents' night will be observed at halftime.

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