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New Life Academy football: Eagles excel in senior night win

Everything clicked for the New Life Academy Eagles as they rolled to a 31-19 win over the Brooklyn Center Centaurs on Friday, October 11.

“It was a fine night for the Eagles,” Eagles coach Paul Mork said. “A complete game played the right way - aggressive blocking, tackling, and execution throughout.”

In front of a senior night crowd at Concordia University’s Sea Foam Stadium, Eagles junior wide receiver Ty Frazier hauled in touchdown passes of 48, 40 and 35 yards. Junior quarterback Seth Rice also benefited from junior wide receiver Caleb Deiss, who had four receptions and most of Centaurs’ attention at first.

“They’re precise rout runners, and we’ve been throwing quite a bit to Deiss because he runs so hard,” Mork said. “We’ve gone to him, and I think they were a little conscious of him and so Frazier was free.”

Rice passed for 157 yards on 8-12 passing and three touchdowns. The running attack game him plenty of support too. The offensive line created big holes for senior fullback Matt Etzweiler and running backs Eby Ketema and Andrew Nieuwsma. Ketema iced the game with a 13-yard touchdown run in the early part of the fourth quarter. The Eagles rushed for 177 yards as a team.

Defensively, the Eagles held the Centaurs (2-5, 1-5 Tri-Metro East) to 67 yards rushing. Solid play by both the defensive line and the linebackers proved to be key in the rush defense.

“We kind of squelched the run,” Mork said.

The Eagles improved to 2-5 overall and in the Tri-Metro East. They also have a chance to earn as high as a third seed in Section 4AAAA. A win on Wednesday against Saint Anthony Village (1-6, 0-5) could solidify the Eagles’ place in the four-way section tie for third.

However, the Eagles cannot look past SAV, a team that has lost by one score in three of their six losses. The Huskies also have a strong spread passing attack and will have the home field crowd.

“St. Anthony is spooky dangerous,” Mork said. “They have traditionally been very strong, but this year, for reason unbeknownst to me, they have had trouble winning.”

—Matthew Davis