Runnin' and gunnin' in NY Mills
The red zone was unkind to the Eagles on homecoming night. New York Mills unveiled a more pass-orientated attack to move the ball into scoring position but failed to finish drives in a 16-6 loss to the United North Central Warriors.
"On offense, we just couldn't get anything going on the ground," said Head Coach Matt Radniecki. "The line played very well and we had trouble adjusting to their stunts and just being physical with them. I thought our pass blocking and quarterback, Tanner Wegscheid, did a nice job of giving us some success through the air."
The Eagles had a chance to get momentum rolling early. After trading three-and-out possessions, NY Mills took the ball inside its own 25 and drove down the field. A big catch by Spencer Imsande moved the ball inside the UNC 20.
"It was kind of one of those frustrating games where we felt like we had a lot of chances but couldn't capitalize and make the big play."
Three cracks at a first down led to fourth and five from the UNC 14.
Imsande was open and Wegscheid's pass was right on his hands in the end zone but UNC defensive back Tanner Burgau broke up the potential strike in the air above the plane of the goal line.
"We made some nice catches but we still need to go and get the football. We need to go and get it to even have more success."
NY Mills went to the pass out of necessity. The UNC defense stymied any shot at a consistent running game.
"UNC is a very physical football team."
NY Mills was held to just 15 yards on 18 rushes. The Eagles made up for it with 172 yards passing.
On the other side of the ball, UNC had a more balanced attack. The Warriors had 192 yards on the ground and 108 passing.
Both of their scores came in the air.
"I thought that we played well on defense not giving them any big plays. They like to spread you out with different formations but they are really a run-oriented team with Gruchow being the powerhouse back for them."
Senior tailback Tom Gruchow pounded the ball up the middle all game. Quarterback Kasey Tyge would hit him from 13 yards out for the first score of the game. With the conversion, the Warriors led 8-0 until the fourth quarter.
Gruchow and Tyge would orchestrate a late drive to put the game out of reach without a score and onside kick. An eight-play drive saw the ball in Tyge's or Gruchow's hands all the way down the field until Tyge hit Burgau for the score. Another two-point conversion made the score 16-0.
"Tyge is also very good at throwing the ball and UNC had some big completions to keep drives going. Our defense played hard and we tackled better but we still need to work on getting more physical play from everybody."
The Eagles would get on the board moving the ball from their own 30 to the nine-yard-line. A big completion from Wegscheid to Eric Tumberg for 32 yards was aided by a roughing the passer penalty eating up nearly 50 yards in one play. From the nine, Wegscheid and Tumberg would team up again for the score.
The ensuing two-point conversion failed on an incomplete pass intended for Shane Novak leaving a two-score deficit with less than four minutes remaining.
Brandon Kupfer's onside kick was unsuccessful allowing UNC to run the clock out for the 16-6 victory.
"The kids played hard and really wanted to get a homecoming victory."
This week the Eagles travel to Osakis to play the Silverstreaks.
"We need to really get more aggressive and not be sitting back on our heels on defense and get after them on offense. This will be a tough match-up for us but we will get better this week."
The freshman and sophomore team has started a streak in a good way winning their second game in a row.
The junior varsity defeated UNC 6-0.
"These kids have been working hard and deserve some praise," Radniecki said.
UNC Stats 2010
1st Downs 9 16
Yds - Rushing 18-15 yds 42-192 yds
Yds - Passing 13-30-172 yds 1 TD 12-20-108 yds 2 TD
Turnovers 1 1
Penalities 8-60 yds 4-38 yds
Tanner Wegscheid 13-30-172 yds and 1 TD Erik Tumberg 10-12 yds 3 receptions for 49 yds 1TD Shane Novak 5 receptions for 39 yds Cody C 1-11 yds Nick L 1-43 yds Spencer 2-48 yds
Defensive tackles -Ty Bell 7.5 tackles, Noah P 7.5 tackles
Adam Patron 7.5 tackles 4 tackles, Erik Tumberg 4 tackles, Frank Peeters 4 tackles
Nick LeTourneau 4 tackles