Eagle Football: Sweep ‘til they weep!
That’s the phrase of the offense. The sweep game allows the rest of the offense to be successful. The Wall Eagles finally put a game together. Many around the area, even the State are asking what happened? Is that a misprint? How could the 0-5 Eagles route the 5-0 number four ranked 9A Scotties? Well, this is the first time the Eagles have had the same personnel on offense for consecutive games. They executed to near perfection in all aspects of the game on both sides of the ball. The Eagles played with attitude! It was a rival game! Kyle Amiotte provides inspiration with the Haka! The Eagles were all blue for the first time this season! The defense was physical, dominant, and relentless! The offense finished drives with touchdowns. That’s how! Many things came together! It was a great “Senior Night” for the Eagles.
The game began with Wall kicking to Philip. Cass Lytle booted the ball inside the five, took a hop and went into the endzone. Philip would start the game from their own twenty yard line. The Eagles defense set the tone for the night and they stopped the Scotties and forced them to punt after three plays. The Eagles Offense also set the tone as they rambled off a seven play 55 yard drive as fans would see Carter Elshere cross the goal line from two yards out. The Eagles kick went left and they found themselves up six to zero. On the next kick the Eagles made a mistake and kicked it to the dangerous Dalton Kinsley. He broke tackles and turned on the juice as he rambled 90 yards for the score. BUT, an unnecessary block in the back nullified the TD. The Scotties had great field position to start their drive. Philip would send Rance Johnson up the gut for about a five yard gain. The Scotties would again give it to Johnson on the left side. Johnson was met by Cass Lytle, then Carter Elshere. It was a physical play which saw Johnson spin off the hits and ramble on 21 yards for the Scotties first and last score of the game.
Philip would take their first and only lead of the game as Kaylor Pinney would power the ball over for the two point conversion. Now what everyone was waiting for. Could the Eagles respond? The Eagles Rylee Schreiber returned the kick 23 yards to give Wall good field position. The Scotties defense stalled the Eagles and forced them to punt after just three plays. Wall’s Cass Lytle boomed a 50 yard punt that rolled out on the seven yard line. The Eagles defense answered quickly. After stopping the Scotties for three plays, they were again forced to punt.
It didn’t take the Eagles long to answer. On the next play Carter Elshere ran the ball 40 yards off the right side and took it to the house! Touchdown Eagles! Elshere also ran the ball for the two-point conversion and the Eagles now led 14 to 8. The Scotties next offensive series witnessed the Eagles D-Line dominate! Camden Sawvell, Cass Lytle and Jacob Linn caused serious problems for the Scotties all night and would get a sack and cause disruption to the Scotties offense. Philip was forced to punt once again after three plays. The first quarter would now come to an end with Wall leading by a touchdown.
The Eagles would take the next drive and finish again as Carter Elshere scored from one yard out. The Eagles now led 20 to eight. The Eagles dominant defense again held the explosive Scotties offense. After halting Scotties on fourth down, the Eagles Offense would take the field. The Eagles Offense would drive the ball down field on a 14 play 67 yard drive as Carter Elshere again would finish with a one yard power play. Schreiber would take the ball around the right end for the successful PAT run. With under a minute left in the first half, the Eagles now held a convincing 28 to eight lead.
After stopping the Philip offense again, the Eagles were stopped by a stingy Scottie defense on fourth and short. Philip tried to get something going through the air but were intercepted by Allan McDonnell. The Eagles would drive 63 yards on eight plays as Rylee Schreiber would again take the ball around the right end for a one yard scoring scamper. Raedon Anderson would take the ball untouched for the extra-point putting the Eagles up 36 to eight. A few plays later the Eagles would be in business again. The Eagles would switch ends during the next drive and enter the fourth quarter. Wall drove the ball downfield only to be halted by the Scottie defense. The Eagles defense would pin the Scotties near their own end zone and forced them to quick kick. This time it only took the explosive Eagles six plays to travel 35 yards for another score. Again it was Schreiber around the right end on a one yard run. Anderson again powered up the middle for the extra point and Wall will hold a commanding 44 to eight lead. The stingy Eagle Defense again forced Philip to turn over the ball in four downs. From this point on the Wall Eagle JV would come in and finish the game.
The Wall defense played a very physical and aggressive game! They held the explosive Scottie offense to 122 yards on 43 plays and only eight points. On the flip side, the Eagles Offense executed 65 plays for 380 yards and put up 44 points. Wall was solid in every aspect of the game: Special Teams, Offense, and Defense. The Eagles line-of-scrimmage on both sides of the ball controlled the game. The men in blue behind them secured the rest.
It was an awesome “Senior Night!”
The Eagles will travel to Kadoka this Friday for another conference game. Game time is at 7:00 p.m.