Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Julie Bulau, staff writer
Two EV-W miscues led to Rockford's only touchdowns of the night, but it was enough as the Rockets edged the Eagles 13-12 in Central Minnesota Conference action Friday night.
EV-W, who took a 6-0 lead in the first quarter on a 1-yard by Alex Geislinger, got the ball first in the second half, and was forced to punt. The snap sailed over the head of punter Mitch Lease who ran back to recover the ball but was tackled on the 12-yard line. Three plays later, the Rockets scored on an 11-yard run. The kick was good to put the Rockets in the lead 7-6.
A 40-yard pass from quarterback Nick Pauly to Geislinger landed the Eagles deep in Rockford territory and Geislinger scored on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion attempt failed to put the score at 12-7.
The Eagles managed to keep the Rockford offense in check and were in control, marching down to the Rocket's 25-yard line with about three minutes remaining in the game. On third and long, Pauly dropped back to pass and was hit, fumbling the ball. Rockford lineman Karsten Poulsen scooped up the ball and raced 65-yards for the touchdown. The extra point attempt failed, putting Rockford up 13-12.
EV-W had one more chance to score but turned the ball over to the Rockets on downs.
It was a game of missed opportunities for the Eagles who advanced inside the Rockford 5-yard line two other times but failed to score.
Pauly completed 19 of 29 passes for 246 yards. Geislinger had five catches for 144 yards and led the team with 62 yards rushing.
The Eagles dropped to 0-2 on the season while Rockford moved to 1-1. EV-W will be home again Friday when they play host to the Maple Lake Irish.
EV-W 6, 0, 0, 6 = 12
ROCKFORD 0, 0, 7, 6 = 13
EV-W-Rushing: Geislinger 23-62, Zach Blonigen 2-18, Austin Pelkey 3-10, Nick Pauly 2-9, DeShaun James 1-3. Receiving: Geislinger 5-144, Brent Stenger 3-50, Cain Renner 4-31, Jared Streit 1-0. Fumble recoveries-Tom Schmitt 1. Interceptions-Pelkey 1. Tackles (solo/assist): Blonigen 6-4, Mitch Lease 3-6, Shadly Callahan 2-4, Geislinger 4-2, Renner 1-3, Lyle Miller 0-3, Cody Schlangen 1-2, Matt Unterberger 1-2, James 3-0, Austin Berg 2-0, Streit 1-1, John Salzl 1-0. Quarterback sacks-Callahn 1.