Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Julie Bulau, Staff writer
Holdingford-EV-W's struggles on the football field this fall continued as they fell to the Huskers 41-7 in a Central Minnesota Conference matchup Friday night. The loss dropped the Eagles to 0-3 in the CMC and 0-4 overall. Holdingford, meanwhile, moved to 3-0 in the CMC and 3-1 overall. As has been the story in all four losses, the Eagles played a solid first half only to see the game slip away in the second half.
Holdingford scored first on a 13-yard pass from Mitch Messman to Cory Bialka. The Eagles responded, scoring on a 29-yard pass play from Nick Pauly to Austin Pelkey to tie the game at 7-7 at the end of the first.
The score was 14-7 late in the second quarter with the Eagles driving close to midfield, looking for a chance to tie. Momentum changed with under a minute to go when Holdingford intercepted Pauly's pass and returned it all the way inside the Eagles' 10-yard line where the Huskers took it in on the next play. The extra point was good to put the Huskers up 21-7 at the half.
The second half belonged to the Huskers as they scored two touchdowns in the third and another in the fourth to topple the Eagles.
Holdingford 41, Eden Valley-Watkins 7.
EV-Watkins (0-4, 0-3)..... 7 14 12 8-41
Holdingford (3-1, 3-0)... 7 0 0 0-7
Team: Holdingford... Scoring play: Cody Bialka 13-yard pass from Mitch Messman... PAT: Kyle Kolstad kick.
Team: EV-W... Scoring play: Austin Pelkey 29-yard pass from Nick Pauly... PAT: Jared Streit kick.
Team: Holdingford... Scoring play: Messman 2-yard run... PAT: Kolstad kick.
Team: Holdingford... Scoring play: Jon Skwira 15-yard pass from Messman... PAT: Kolstad kick.
Team: Holdingford... Scoring play: Messman 1-yard run... PAT: kick failed.
Team: Holdingford... Scoring play: Jordan Gombos 23-yard run... PAT: kick failed.
Team: Holdingford... Scoring play: Cody Scepaniak 3-yard run... PAT: Jake Nelson run.
EV-W-Rushing: Dion Hirman 4-25, Austin Berg 3-23, Logan Linn 2-15, Zach Blonigen 3-10, Nick Pauly 1-10, DeShaun James 8-5, Alex Geislinger 4-(-3), Austin Pelkey 1-(-4). Passing (cmp-att-yds-TD-Int): Pauly 6-20-91-1-1. Receiving: Pelkey 2-42, Brent Stenger 3-49, James 2-0.
Holdingford-Rushing: Cody Bialka 5-15, Mitch Messman 12-54, Jordan Combos 7-53, Matt Messman 2-7, Taylor Milbrandt 1-(-1). Passing (cmp-att-yds-TD-Int): Mitch Messman 6-10-77-2-1. Receiving: Milbrandt 1-15, Jeremy Springer 1-8, Bialka 3-39, Skwira 1-15.
Staff photo by Julie Bulau.