2017-10-19 / Sports

Engadine Eagles Take Easy Win Over Brimley Bays

By Stephen King

Friday, October 13, was good luck for the Engadine Eagles, whose offensive line created big openings for their running backs in a 57-19 homefield rout of the Brimley Bays.

The Bays-Eagles showdown, which was this year’s Homecoming game for Engadine, each year also is known as “Weather Bowl” because when the teams began playing one another many years ago, it usually was an end-of-season game featuring snow, cold, rain, wind, or a combination of all three. Brimley came to it with a 4-3 record.

“This was a tough loss,” said Bays coach Tom McKee. “But Engadine is a good team and I am also proud of my team. They played hard as a team and never gave up.”

Coach McKee said despite the loss, some of his players had standout performances. One of them was freshman running back Mason Harris.

“Mason did a good job tonight,” his coach said. “He is a really good ball player and reads his holes well.”

Praise for Harris also cam from Engadine coach Howard Hood.

“We were not going to kick to Harris,” he said “He is just too fast. We did that once and he just about broke out.”

Engadine kicked to open the game and the Bays started at their own 46 yard-line. The Eagles defense stopped them on three downs, took over and went to running backs Jarrett Dailey and Scout Bigger, who started moving the ball well. On the fourth play of the drive, a second down and three from Brimley’s 16 yard-line, quarterback Andrew Blanchard called his own number and scrambled for a touchdown. Bigger made the three-yard dash for two more and the Eagles had the quick lead.

On the next Bays possession, the Eagles again held and went on offense. They moved the ball well and, from the Bays’ 11, Blanchard tossed a pass to a wide-open Bigger who got the touchdown. Bigger then scampered in for the extra two points and Engadine was up 16-0.

From there, it was all Engadine. Brimley was able to score three times, but never challenged for the lead. The first Bays score came after one of their players stripped the ball from Blanchard, causing a fumble they recovered on the Eagles’ 16. A pass from Hunter Lipponen to Kaleb Johanson moved the ball to about the one-foot line and Lipponen then scored on a quarterback sneak.

At the same time, the Eagles were moving the ball at will. After the half, they sidelined many of their better players.

“It was a good win tonight,” said Eagles coach Hood. “Our line did a great job. They made some excellent holes tonight. On one of his runs, Scout even talked about how nobody touched him as he made the run, thanks to the line. It was a good team win. Now, we have to look ahead to Posen. They usually have a good team and we won’t take them lightly.”

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