The Sleepy Eye Indians had a difficult battle ahead of them as they traveled to face the Wabasso Rabbits in an afternoon game on Saturday, Sept. 30.

The Sleepy Eye Indians had a difficult battle ahead of them as they traveled to face the Wabasso Rabbits in an afternoon game on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Wabasso 69

Sleepy Eye 13

Wabasso has had an undefeated season this year and the Indians could do little to change that. In the first quarter, the Rabbits scored three touchdowns and completed the kick after for all three, putting them ahead 21-0. Senior Cooper Taylor was the big threat of the night, making two of the touchdowns in the first quarter. The Rabbits did the same in the second quarter, putting them up 42-0.

“Wabasso kicked off with the wind at their back and pinned us in our own territory and got us on our heels right away,” said Indians Coach Cory Haala. “we never recovered.”

However, in the third quarter the Indians managed to make some plays. After a Rabbits score, Indian Carter Tauer carried the ball 26 yards for a touchdown. Eugenio Flores got the kick and the Indians were on the scoreboard.

This in itself was an accomplishment as the Rabbits had two shutout wins before hosting the Indians. Taylor scored for Wabasso again and they got the kick after point. Tauer came up for the Indians again and ran 23 yards for Sleepy Eye’s second score of the night. The kick after failed and Wabasso scored yet again before the clock ended the quarter.

“Overall we had too many self- destructing penalties and you can’t do that versus a good team like Wabasso,” Haala said.

In the fourth quarter, the Rabbits only scored once before the game was over. Tauer got 107 rushing yards for the game on 11 carries.

On defense, Isaac Velasquez got two solo tackles and 13 assists. Blake Tauer got two solos, nine assists and one quarterback sack. Caleb Trebesch followed with seven assists and one sack.

The Indians host the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.