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Eagles lose close game at LP-A

By John George sports@eot.com New York Mills gave Lake Park-Audubon all they could handle Tuesday night. LP-A, the No. 2 seed in Section 6A playoffs, trailed the entire game before scoring late in the game to hold of the No. 7 seeded Eagles, 14-7...

By John George

sports@eot.com

New York Mills gave Lake Park-Audubon all they could handle Tuesday night. LP-A, the No. 2 seed in Section 6A playoffs, trailed the entire game before scoring late in the game to hold of the No. 7 seeded Eagles, 14-7.

A bum ankle wasn't enough to slow down LP-A's senior stud running back Alex Cigelske -- and neither was the New York Mills' defense.

After missing the majority of the final two regular season games -- both losses -- Cigelske literally rushed back on the scene to help lift the Raiders to the win.

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Mills took the early lead on a pass from Mike Baune to Joe Hendrickx to go up 7-0. LP-A scored later in the quarter, but failed on the two-point conversion run, leaving the Eagles up by one.

Cigelske broke off a pair of 44-yard runs in the second half, the second going for six points to put LP-A ahead 14-7 (after a Steve Kornovich two-point conversion run) with 5:18 remaining in regulation.

"This was a game that we had every opportunity to win," Mills head coach Jon Kotaska said. "We just could not take advantage of our opportunities when given to us."

The Eagles got a break early in the second half when they recovered a LP-A fumble at their own 35 yard line. New York Mills put together an impressive, time-consuming drive by converting a pair of fourth and short downs and driving it to the Raider five-yard line. NYM had three plays from within the 10, but runs by Brendan Frost -- who led the Eagles with 88 yards on the ground on 22 carries -- and Jake Johnson netted only five yards and an incomplete pass forced a fourth-and-five.

Another drive later in the game was slowed by a pair of sacks, knocking NY Mills out of field goal range.

After Cigelske scored the go-ahead TD, Mills didn't quit, as they went on an 11-play drive down the field, only to give it up with an interception at the one-yard line.

The Raiders finished with 232 yards on 34 carries, while the Eagles held the majority of possession in the second half, registering 51 carries, but coming up empty on the scoreboard.

Besides the three long rushing plays -- two for touchdowns -- the Raiders' didn't move the ball as they are used to, picking up only five first downs, with only one in the second half.

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They had zero yards passing, with no completions on five attempts.

Season ending route

Royalton's junior running back Ryan Wiener had just 64 yards rushing, but scored five touchdowns to lead Royalton past New York Mills last Wednesday, 55-7. Royalton (6-2, 2-2 Prairie South) ran over the Mills defense all night, finishing with a total of 423 yards on the ground.

"From the moment we got off the bus the kids just seemed lost," Mills head coach Jon Kotaska said.  "Coaches and parents could all see that we were just not the same team that had been playing the last few weeks."

It showed, as Royalton put up 22 points in the first quarter and had a 37-0 lead at halftime.

"We had some kids filling in at different spots due to injuries, but Royalton had us confused all night long on defense," Kotaska said. "They executed there offense very well and took advantage of our lack in the physical aspect this week."

Mills lone scoring opportunity in the first half was lost with a fumble in the endzone. Trailing 49-0 in the fourth quarter, the Eagles finally got on the board with a seven-yard touchdown run by Brendan Frost.

(Editor's Note: D.L. Newspapers Sports Editor Brian Wierima contributed to this story.)

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Tuesday, October 23

Section 6A Quarterfinals

#2 LP-A 14, #7 New York Mills 7

NYM 7-0-0-0--7

LP-A 6-0-0-8--14

First Quarter

NYM--Joe Hendrickx 10 pass from Mike Baune (Andrew Frost kick) 6:13

LPA--Kornovich 50 run (run failed) 4:03

Fourth Quarter

LPA--Ciegelske 44 run (Kornovich run) 5:18

NYM LP-A

1st Downs 16 4

Rush--yds 51-189 33-235

Pass yds 57 0

Return yds 44 62

Comp--Att-In 5-13-1 0-5-0

Fbles-lost 2-2 2-2

Pen-yds 4-30 1-5

FG 0-0 0-0

Individual Statistics

Rushing--B. Frost 22-88; Johnson 14-48; Baune 11-33; Novak 4-20.

Passing--Baune 5-13-1, 57 yds, TD

Receiving--Hendrickx 2-14-1; Novak 1-21; B. Frost 1-13; Johnson 1-9.

Defense--Austin Link 12 Tkl; Dave Ayers 7 Tkl, FR; Novak 7 Tkl, FR; B. Frost 10 Tkl.

Prairie Conference (FINAL)

North Conf. All

United North Central 4-0 7-1

Otter Tail Central 3-1 6-2

Parkers Prairie 2-2 3-5

Pillager 1-3 2-6

New York Mills 0-4 1-7

South Conf. All

#6-A K-M-S 4-0 8-0

Royalton 2-2 6-2

Browerville 2-2 3-5

Upsala/Swanville 1-3 2-6

Osakis 1-3 2-6

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