New Life Academy football: Edmond, Concordia ground game too much for Eagles
The Concordia Academy rushing attack proved to be too much for the New Life Academy Eagles as the Beacons ran for 487 yards on the ground, winning 35-24.
The New Life football team has had much success on the ground this season, winning many games on the legs of its running backs. On Wednesday night, the team met its match against Concordia Academy as the Beacons ran for 487 yards on the ground and amassing 508 yards of total offense.
The Eagles lost Wednesday night at Concordia Academy's home field in Roseville 35-24 in the last game of the regular season.
Of the Eagles 347 yards of total offense, 227 were on the ground, but the highlight of the Eagles offense was the passing of senior co-captain Mark deLeon.
DeLeon completed 9 of his 19 attempts for 120 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran in a score, all three of which occurred in the second quarter for the Eagles, giving New Life Academy a 21-14 lead at halftime.
Fellow senior co-captain Luke Mikhail caught a 7-yard touchdown from deLeon, and sophomore wide receiver Ty Frazier caught the second touchdown from deLeon for 10 yards.
Leading the ground attack for the Eagles was senior co-captain Mike Michaud who ran for 93 yards on 18 carries. Michaud now needs just 9 yards to eclipse the 1,000 yard mark on the season.
The Eagles also welcomed back junior running back Matt Etzweiler, who broke his forearm in the first game of the season, who ran the ball 12 times for 91 yards. Etzweiler also played a great game defensively at the end position.
"This was another strong Tri-Metro opponent whose two top running backs could not be harnessed," Head Coach Paul Mork said.
Concordia's running attack had seven runs of 20 yards or more, and Beacon senior running back Lorin Edmond ran the ball for 263 yards on just 7 carries - an average of more than 36 yards per carry.
Next up for the Eagles is St. Paul Johnson in the first round of 4AAAA playoffs on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Mork said he expects St. Paul Johnson to be a formidable foe, as they are the only team to give St. Paul City Conference Champion St. Paul Central its only loss of the season.