The Sleepy Eye Indians hosted the undefeated Martin County West on Sept. 27 where the Mavericks won 62-0.

Martin County W 62

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The Sleepy Eye Indians hosted the undefeated Martin County West on Sept. 27 where the Mavericks won 62-0.

Despite the final score, the Indians started this game on a good note, as they had ball possession for most of the first quarter. Senior Juan Montemayor and junior Matt Berkner ran the ball well for Sleepy Eye’s first drive. The Indians managed to take the ball down near the red zone. Sleepy Eye’s offense was determined to score early, and managed to get a couple of first downs along the way before handing the ball over.

This was followed by a huge three-and-out defensive stop by the Indians, which gave Sleepy Eye decent field position. The Indians had the ball again and was given a first down at Martin County’s 35 yard line after the Mavericks made two offside penalties in a row. Things were looking good for Sleepy Eye but the team failed to score.

Head coach Cory Haala said he was happy with the early momentum, but wanted his team to get that early score.

“I was very encouraged by our first quarter score of 7-0 but we were unable to sustain the intensity and focus we needed to play a full game,” Haala said. “I think if we would have been able to punch a score in the end zone in the first quarter when we had a couple chances we would have played a more complete game.”

The Indians struggled to get any more momentum, as they were backed up in their own territory for most of the second quarter. Sleepy Eye’s defense gave up five touchdowns in the second to give Martin County West a 41-0 lead going into halftime.

Sleepy Eye had 153 rushing yards on the night, with Montemayor recording 42 of those and Berkner with 33. Sophomore Dylan Klein had a nice kick return and had 24 rushing yards of his own. For the receivers, senior Austin Trebesch led the Indians with one catch for 29 yards. Sophomore Austin Fischer had 43 passing yards as quarterback.

On defense, Berkner and junior Kennedy Capacia each had five solo tackles and six tackle assists. Meanwhile, Montemayor and Daniel Fischer each had two solos and three assists. Finally, Trebesch had two solos, four assists, and Gunner McGee had two solos and three assists.

The Indians will play against Red Rock Central on Oct. 4. Both teams have yet to win, and Sleepy Eye will have home field advantage which hopefully result in the first win for the Indians.