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Eagles get the 'Royal' treatment from Royalton

Quarterback Tanner Wegscheid attempts a pass in a soggy 45-7 loss to Royalton Thursday night.1 / 3
Sam Slieter is tackled in the backfield while Eric Tumberg blocks an onrushing Royaton defender.2 / 3
Derik Gaudette #11 had a busy night returning kicks against Royalton. The Eagles dropped the opener 45-7. Also pictured: Cody Clarksean #40, Eric Tumberg #6, Taylor Ericksrud #30 and Peter Stark #5.3 / 3

Royals' running back Zach Lanners put on a show in the first quarter at New York Mills outscoring the Eagles 21-0 himself, while accumulating 100 yards on the ground in what ended as a 45-7 thumping.

"We lost to a very good team tonight," said Head Coach Matt Radniecki. "We are not going to face any back better than Lanners was. He was explosive and quick and he physically just beat us."

Lanners broke tackles at the NY Mills' line and in the secondary with scoring runs of 38, 1 and 12 yards.

"We didn't tackle very well tonight so next week we need to spend time and work on that."

Lanners would add a fourth touchdown from three yards out in the second quarter. A Mitch Zimmerman touchdown run made the score 32-0 at the half.

Royalton stretched the lead to 45-0 before NY Mills got on the board late in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Tanner Wegscheid led an 18-play drive from his own 20 down the field scoring on fourth and goal from the one-yard line with 5:22 left on the clock. Brandon Kupfer's extra point was good for the 45-7 final.

The scoring drive began in the third quarter and ate up most of the clock in the fourth. Royalton only ran four plays in the final frame.

A final drive for NY Mills stalled on the 13-yard line and a field goal attempt by Kupfer with four seconds remaining was wide of the goal post.

"I was pleased with how we kept playing and we didn't lay down. We really need to worry about ourselves getting better and doing the fundamental items correctly. On offense, we need to execute and make adjustments. Royalton did a very nice job of adjusting to us. We need to learn to do the same. Our recognition and seeing what they were trying to do has to get better."

NY Mills hits the road this week traveling to Otter Tail Central for what will be another tough task. OTC is experienced and features returning lineman on both sides of the ball. The trenches are going to be a battle next Friday night for the Eagles.

Ottertal Central pounded Upsala-Swanville Area 38-6 in their opener.

"This was the first small step and we need to really make an effort to get better each and every practice and we will see some success if we are able to do that. The coaches believe in this group of players and we still have a lot of season left to do some positive things from a football standpoint," Radniecki said.

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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