In a game riddled with penalties (almost 200 yards worth), full of fumbles, turnovers and mental mistakes, the Sleepy Eye Indians managed to emerge on the winning end last Friday night, defeating Kingsland by a score of 27-14.
The Indians first points came as a result of a forced fumble in the Knights redzone which was recovered by John Mangen. Junior quarterback, Brandon Polesky took the helm at his own nine yard line. After a couple quarterback keepers , Polesky connected with tight end Jake Trebesch, who took the ball 80-yards down the field and put up the Indian's first six points of the game.
The Knights struck back to tie things up at six after Sleepy Eye coughed up the ball which was recovered by the Kingsland.
Sleepy Eye was not able to capitalize on the ensuing possession and turned the ball over on downs, however It was a Matt Schroepfer interception that regained possession for the Indians, and led to another Indians touchdown by way of a Polesky keeper and a two-point conversion to put the Indians on top 14-6, with 8:13 to play in the first half.
The final three possessions of the first half were less than desirable with the Indians tossing two interceptions, the Knights throwing one and a Knight player being ejected from the game. The score remained 14-6 at halftime.
Sleepy Eye increased their lead to 21-6 as they regained possession of the ball as John Mangen came down with a Knights tipped pass back to the Kingsland six-yard line which set up a Polesky pass to Tyler Netzke and an extra point by Chris Linan to make the score 21-6.
Sleepy Eye scored what would be their final touchdown as Polesky took it around the right side and into the end zone for six more points and a score of 27-6.
Kingsland managed to add another score in their favor, but in the end it was the Indians who came out ahead winning 27-14.
"With almost 200 yds in penalties in the game between both teams, along with the amount of turnovers, there was not a lot of flow to the game," Head coach Cory Haala commented.
"I am pleased with how our defense played, we came up with some big stops in our end and created seven turnovers. Offensively we had our ups and downs but made some nice plays when needed. We had nice balance between the pass and run on offense," Haala concluded.
The next game for the Indians is against the St. Mary's Knights at St. Mary's on Friday, September 7th at 7 p.m.
Sleepy Eye = 194 yds rushing and 169 passing
Page 2 of 2 - Brandon Polesky had 20 carries for 126 yds and 2 TD's
Saul Ibarra had 2 carries for 62 yds
Polesky was 10 for 17 169 yds and 2 TD's 2 INT's
Jake Trebesch had 3 catches for 100 yds including an 80 yd TD catch
Tyler Netzke had 5 catches for 52 yds and 1 TD
Matt Schroepfer had 2 catches for 17 yds
Indians = 4 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries
Isaac Braun had 1 solo, 2 assists, 2 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery
Matt Schroepfer had 4 assists and 1 interception
John Mangen 9 assists, 1 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery
Jake Trebesch had 10 assists and knocked down 3 passes
Brady Brazle 4 solos, 6 assists and 1 fumble recovery
Matt Berkner had 6 solos and 10 assists