The Mayer Lutheran Crusaders football team was on a mission Thursday, August 29, and the Eden Valley-Watkins squad was first on their list. Mayer Lutheran, from the Minnesota River Conference, actually saw Eden Valley-Watkins hit the scoreboard first, taking an early first quarter touchdown lead. However, the Crusaders awakened in quarter two and exploded for 27 points, holding the Eagles to just six. EV-W coach Jon Thielen sums it up. “We made way too many mistakes against a very solid team. Mayer was very solid up front and their size gave us a lot of problems. We had some bright spots with big runs by Deshaun James, but other than that we were way too inconsistent.” The Crusaders came out of the halftime break and put up another 21, sealing the never-in-doubt victory, 48-19.
Hoping to get on the right track, the Eagles hit the road to play the Rockford Rockets in a Central Minnesota Conference battle, at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.