Tricounty News

Irish ground attack downs Eagles

By Julie Bulau, Staff writer

Maple Lake pounded out more than 400 yards on the ground as the fourth-ranked Irish defeated EV-W 55-31 in a Central Minnesota Conference showdown Friday night, Sept. 14.

The game was an offensive explosion for both teams. Maple Lake quarterback Donnie Mavencamp was the top ground gainer with 215 yard and three touchdowns. Cal Redemske added 141 for the Irish.

The Eagles put up some impressive offensive numbers as well. Freshman DeShaun James rolled up 168 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns and junior quarterback Nick Pauly completed 18 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns.

Senior Brett Stenger was the leading receiver for EV-W with six catches for 99 yards and one touchdown. Austin Pelkey hauled in five passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

The Eagles got off to a solid start, forcing Maple Lake to go three and out. After fielding the Irish put about midfield, EV-W quickly marched the ball down the field, scoring on James' 25-yard run. The extra point kick failed, giving the Eagles a 6-0 lead.

Maple Lake responded with Mavencamp's 53-yard run up the middle for pay dirt. The extra point was good to put the up Irish a 7-6.

EV-W took the lead back on James' 51-yard touchdown run but the two point conversion failed, leaving the Eagles ahead 13-7 at the end of the first quarter.

The scoring exchange continued in the second quarter with the Eagles putting up 13 more points on touchdown passes to Stenger and Pelkey while Maple Lake added three more touchdowns. The score at halftime was Maple Lake 27, EV-W 25.

Two Eagle fumbles, both deep in Irish territory, led to two more Maple Lake scores as they took a 41-13 lead into the fourth quarter where they added two more touchdowns.

EVW managed one more touchdown in the game on Pauly's 27-yard toss to Autin Pelkey.


EVW 12, 13, 0, 6=31

MAPLE LAKE 7, 20, 14, 14=55

EV-W-DeShaun James 25 run (kick failed)

ML-Donnie Mavencamp 53 run (Charlie Stejskal kick)

EV-W-James 51 run (run failed)

ML-Cal Redemske 4 run (Stejskal kick)

ML-Mavencamp 1 run (Stejskal kick)

EV-W-Brent Spanier 29 pass from Nick Pauly (kick failed)

ML-Boston Fieldseth 56 pass from Mavencamp (kick failed)

EV-w-Austin Pelkey 16 pass from Pauly (Jared Streit kick)

ML-Mavencamp 54 run

ML-Redemske 3 run

ML-Redemske 2 run

EV-W-Pelke 27 pass from Pauly (pass failed)

ML-Redemske 1 run

Individual statistics

Rushing: ML-Redemske 25-141, Mavencamp 11-215, Ben Winkelman 4-37, Drew Hanson 5-19; E-Pelke 6-16, James 18-168, Alex Geislinger 2-5, Zach Blonigen 1-3, Dion Hirman 2-14.

Passing: ML-Mavencamp 4-6-1-99; E-Pauly 18-24-0-267.

Receiving: ML-Fieldseth 4-99; E-Stanger 6-99, Geislinger 3-37, Streit 1-21, Pelke 5-89, Cain Renner 2-21.