Screaming Eagles bull over Terror for first win
The Lakes Area Screaming Eagles are officially on track for the 2010 season after their first win of the season Saturday in Frazee.
The Screaming Eagles swooped away with a convincing 38-8 victory over the visiting Northern Terror to improve to 1-2 on the season.
An effective power rushing game set up an aerial attack to overwhelm the Terror defense, despite having the majority of their offensive linemen going both ways with the absence of a trio of their defensive linemen.
"We were shorthanded, so I thought we could throw the ball early, but when we hit some of our iso's, the holes grew real big," said Eagle quarterback and head coach Jason McCloskey. "The guys just did a tremendous job up front."
After a scoreless first quarter, Lakes Area rung up 14-0 halftime lead, then proceeded to pound the tiring Terror defense for 24 second half points.
Running back Kyler Wegner broke the scoreless tie on a 22-yard touchdown scamper right up the middle of the Northern defense.
The run proceeded a 37-yard pass from McCloskey to wide receiver Bert Smith down the left side of the field, as the Lakes Area receiver burnt single-man coverage.
The Eagles' second straight interception led to their second scoring drive, which was keyed by big first-down runs by Dave Moll and Wegner.
Moll, who has been Lakes Area's leading rusher the last two seasons, played in his first game of the season -- a welcomed sign.
It was capped on a six-yard McCloskey scramble around right end for the 14-0 advantage.
The ante was upped to 22-0 on the third quarter's first drive, as Lakes Area didn't have a third-down snap due to big chunks of rushing yards by Josh Derby and Moll.
"We had different backs picking up yards for us and getting those first down yards is always huge," McCloskey said. "We just were able to grind it out and wear them down."
Wegner ran his second TD in from 12 yards out, while Tarrel Flannigan caught a two-point conversion pass as the route was on.
The Eagles added a 69-yard bomb pass play from McCloskey to receiver James Singer in stride and a 10-yard fade route end zone strike added to the lead.
"We just were able to play-action against them and I was able to scoot out of the pocket a little and James was just so wide open, I just had to throw him the ball," the Eagles' QB said of the 69-yard strike.
The Eagles' defense was just as dominant, picking off three Terror passes and recovering one fumble, along with three sacks.
Safety Daunte Mathis made his return to the Eagles with an interception in the second quarter.
The Terror ended up with 250 yards passing on 37 attempts, while the Eagles racked up over 220 yards rushing.
"The defense came together and that was nice to see," McCloskey said.
Lakes Area started the season with losses at Menomonie, Wisc., 42-19 and at Roseville 21-18.
They will travel to Brainerd Saturday for a 5 p.m. start, then host Menomonie June 5, in Frazee.