It was the Irish who had all the luck on Friday the 13th, as they handed the visiting Eagles a 31-21 loss in a Central Minnesota Conference battle. Eagles senior quarterback Nick Pauly tossed for 189 yards and a couple of scores, and sophomore running-back DeShaun James carried the pigskin 16 times, and racked up an impressive 85 yards. But the Irish came out strong, posting 14 unanswered first-quarter points. The 17-7 halftime advantage by Maple Lake would be enough, as they withstood a 14-point third-quarter blitz by the Eagles, to claim the victory. Maple Lake’s junior running back Cal Redemske led the fierce Irish 323-yard ground attack with 124 yards rushing and three touchdowns of his own. The Irish completed just one pass in the contest, but it was good for an 80-yard touchdown scamper, and it broke a lot of Eagles fans’ hearts.
EV-W Individual statistics: Rushing: E – James 16-85, Renner 4-21; Passing: E – Pauly 16-33-189; Receiving: E – Renner 6-89, Thielen 5-43, Jansen 2-42, Streit 3-35.
The Eagles play their home opener in another conference showdown 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, against an undefeated, first-place Holdingford Huskers squad.
Left, Eagles’ #3 Reese Jansen, QB, reaches for the football at Maple Lake Friday, Sept. 13.
Right, Jared Streit, #82, TE, receives the ball for EV-W. Maple Lake won a tough game Sept. 12, 31-21. Staff photos by Gaylen Bicking