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Eagle defense shuts down Pillager

By John George sports@eot.com Despite a defensive gameplan that had to be thrown out the window, the New York Mills held Pillager to 76 total yards in a 28-6 win last Friday in Pillager. "We didn't panic when they came out with a totally new offe...

By John George

sports@eot.com

Despite a defensive gameplan that had to be thrown out the window, the New York Mills held Pillager to 76 total yards in a 28-6 win last Friday in Pillager.

"We didn't panic when they came out with a totally new offense that we hadn't practiced against all week," head coach Matt Radniecki said.

When the offense made one of their few mistakes, a third quarter turnover deep in their own territory, the defense rose to the challenge. With the ball on their own eight-yard line, the Eagles stopped Pillager (2-3) on three straight plays before Joel Huch picked off a Husky pass in the end zone.

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"Our total team defense was very good this week," Radniecki said. "I am really proud of the team and how we responded."

Pillager ran a total of 36 plays for just 76 yards against the tough Eagle defense with three turnovers.

On the other side of the ball, the NY Mills line did the job, leading the way for Jason Burg and Brendan Frost to combine for 196 yards on the ground. Both scored on first quarter runs, giving the Eagles a 14-0 lead.

"The blocking of our offensive line and tight ends was extremely solid," Radniecki said. "Both sides of the line did a nice job in creating holes."

Grant Cameron returned from an injured wrist and ran for 41 yards on 14 carries and completed two passes for 39 yards, one was a 25-yard touchdown to Joel Huch, giving Mills a 20-6 halftime lead. Cameron finished the scoring with a one-yard TD run in the fourth.

"We didn't have to punt in this game, which tells you that you are controlling the line of scrimmage and winning the battle up front," Radniecki added.

Mills (3-2) will have their work cut out for them this week as they host Prairie North leader Otter Tail Central (5-0) for homecoming at Smith Field.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 25-6 win over Parkers Prairie and feature a big-play attack with a solid running game and outstanding wide receivers.

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"We will need to bring our 'A' game to the field Friday night," Radniecki said.

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