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Screaming Eagles swoop in 2009 with convincing win over Terror

Screaming Eagle Hector Rosa Vega (36) makes a tackle of Northern Terror running back B. Mueller (28) during their home opener in Frazee last Saturday afternoon. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)1 / 2
Running back Josh Derby (10) looks to put a move on Northern Terror safety D. Marshell Saturday afternoon. (Brian Basham/DL Newspapers)2 / 2

The Lakes Area Screaming Eagles absorbed an early punch in their season opener Saturday against the visiting Northern Terror and gave a barrage of their own to roll to a convincing 41-7 victory.

The Terror opened the game by scoring on their first drive, which was capped on a 36-yard pass from S. Sayedi to A. Sprado for the quick 7-0 lead.

But that was the only time the Terror saw the end zone the rest of the game, as the Screaming Eagles dominated every facet of the game from there on out.

"The defense really clamped down from there," said Lakes Area head coach and starting quarterback Jason McCloskey. "The defense is really what started us off, we fed off their intensity."

The Terror couldn't establish any semblance of a ground game, as the Eagles' stuffed the middle and outside lanes to limit the visitors to just 21 total yards rushing.

Meanwhile, McCloskey and Co. hit the Terror with a balanced attack, which featured a two-headed monster at running back of Kyler Wegner and Dave Moll, along with an effective aerial attack, combined to net the team 346 yards of total offense.

"Our offensive line dominated with Mark Racine and D.J. Stone on the left and Josh Cheney and Joe Hass on the right," McCloskey said. "We were able to play action a bit with our running game doing well, too."

Wegner ran the ball with consistency, picking up 75 yards on nine carries for an 8.3 yards per carry, while Moll blasted his way into the end zone twice from the goal line and finished with 51 yards on nine carries.

Last season, the passing game was inconsistent for the Screaming Eagles. But, at least in their first game, the Eagles were comfortable gliding the ball through the air.

McCloskey answered the Terror's first score with a 30-yard TD pass of his own, this one to James Singer down the sideline.

Lakes Area grabbed their first lead on a McCloskey two-point conversion and from there, the Terror started disappearing in the Eagles' rearview mirror.

A pair of short Moll touchdown runs in a 21-point second quarter, was followed by another McCloskey-to-Singer connection -- which was good for 35 yards -- as the Screaming Eagles pulled away for a 29-7 halftime lead.

"We were able to move the ball up and down the field," McCloskey said. "Our offense was able to mix in both the pass and run to keep their defense honest."

The score could have been more lopsided, as well, after the Eagles fumbled the ball three times inside the Terror sideline, losing one of them.

McCloskey finished with three touchdown passes, the final one coming in the final quarter with a diving Bert Smith hauling in the one-yard pass.

Josh Derby capped the scoring on a three-yard dive to make the score 41-7.

The Eagles' QB managed the game well, passing 11-20 for 202 yards and no interceptions.

The victory signifies a big difference from last season, in which the team was just trying to form a strong chemistry bond.

This year, it looks as if it has been formed.

"We have a good core of guys returning and we now know what to expect from each other and what each other will be doing," McCloskey said. "We are finding out who the guys we can count on are."

The game also netted at least 350 fans, McCloskey said.

The Screaming Eagles (1-0) will travel to Brainerd Saturday for a 6 p.m. kickoff.

Liberty folding not done in timely fashion

McCloskey, who also serves as the Commissioner of the Northern Power Football League, had to deal with the folding of last year's champions the Fargo-Moorhead Liberty.

The team couldn't move on with their schedule because its owner neglected to return from a "vacation" from Florida, McCloskey said.

There are still alleged unpaid bills by the Liberty owner from last year's season, but the league had to move on without them nonetheless.

"We added games with another league (SPFL) to fill the open weeks," McCloskey said. "We knew the Liberty were going to be a two or three year deal, then see if someone wanted to pick them up.

"This doesn't affect our stability as a league, though. It's like a weeding out process, it balances itself out. Things like this comes with the territory."

The Eagles scheduled games with SPFL teams Brainerd (Saturday) and against Willmar May 30, in Frazee.

Lakes Area results

Northern Terror at Lakes Area, Saturday, May 2.

Screaming Eagles 41, Terror 7

Terror - 7 0 0 0 -- 7

Screaming Eagles - 8 21 0 12 -- 41

NT - S. Sayedi 36-yard pass to A. Sprado; B. Mueller kick.

LA - James Singer 30-yard pass from Jason McCloskey; McCloskey run.

LA - Dave Moll 2-yard run; PAT failed.

LA - Moll 3-yard run; Todd White kick.

LA - Singer 35-yard pass from McCloskey; Kyler Wegner pass from McCloskey.

LA - Bert Smith 1-yard pass from McCloskey; PAT failed.

LA - Josh Derby 1-yard run; PAT failed.

First Downs 11 19

Net Yards Rushing 21 144

No. rushes 31 32

Net Yards Passing 178 202

No. passes 29 20

Completed 11 11

Incomplete 17 9

Had intercepted 1 0

Total Offensive Plays 60 52


Kickoffs 1 8

Yards 20 324

Ave. kickoff 20 40.5

Kickoffs Returned 8 1

Yards 114 8

Ave. return 14.3 8

Fumbles 4 2

Fumbles lost 2 1

Penalties 4 10

Yards 50 120

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Individual Rushing

Lakes Area --

Player NR YG Avg TD

Kyler Wegner 9 75 8.3 0

Dave Moll 9 51 5.7 2

Lucas Hoffman 2 12 6 0

James Olson 2 12 6 0

Josh Derby 4 11 2.8 1

Cinque Chapman 4 0 0 0

Jason McCloskey 2 (-17) (-8.5) 0

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Individual Passing

Player No Comp Inc Int Yds TD

Lakes Area --

McCloskey 11 20 9 0 202 3

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Pass Receiving

Player No. Yds. TD

Lakes Area --

Bert Smith 4 65 1

James Singer 3 78 2

Moll 2 36 0

Terrel Flanigan 2 23 0

* * *


Player No. Yds. Ave.

Lakes Area --

Todd White 8 324 40.5

* * *

Kickoffs Returned

Player No. Yds. Ave.

Lakes Area --

Hector Rosa Vega 1 8 8

* * *

Pass Interceptions

Player No. Yds.

Lakes Area -

Billy Quistorf 1 32

* * *


Player No. Yds. lost

Lakes Area -

Phil Olson 1 5

Josh Lasser 1 2

Cody Ware 1 5