2018-10-10 / Sports

Eagles maintain Blue division lead

BY DALE BALL
SPORTS EDITOR


The Eagles’ Derek Snyder uses the blocks of teammates Travis Trigger (53) and Curtis Vogel (52) on his way to a touchdown on Friday night. Photo by Dale Ball The Eagles’ Derek Snyder uses the blocks of teammates Travis Trigger (53) and Curtis Vogel (52) on his way to a touchdown on Friday night. Photo by Dale Ball DECKERVILLE – After a 0-2 start to the season, the Deckerville Eagles have been seeing improvements every week, and adjusting when they must.

That continuation showed again on Friday night when they pulled away from the Mayville Wildcats, 50-20.

The Eagles now stand at 3-0 in the NCTL 8-Man Blue Division, ahead of second place Kingston and Peck, both 2-1. They host the Peck Pirates this Friday night.

Mayville gave Deckerville a battle for most of the first half. The two teams traded TDs twice.

On the first play from scrimmage on the night, Derek Snyder raced 51 yards for a touchdown and quarterback Isaac Keinath ran in the conversion for a quick, 8-0, lead.

Three minutes later, though, the Wildcats retaliated with Steven Gilbert’s 13 yard run to the end zone to make it, 8-6.


Deckerville’s Cruz Ibarra (left) and Batuhan Giray (17) gang up with other teammates to bring down Mayville QB Austin Middleton. Photo by Dale Ball Deckerville’s Cruz Ibarra (left) and Batuhan Giray (17) gang up with other teammates to bring down Mayville QB Austin Middleton. Photo by Dale Ball It took the Eagles just two minutes to score their second TD, a 15 yard pass play from Keinath to Joe Davault, making it, 14-6.

Just four seconds into the second quarter, Mayville’s Logan LaBean, a load of fullback at 5-foot- 10, 225, barreled in from three yards out to pull his team back within two.

From there, though, it was all Eagles, scoring on three straight possessions to go up by 24, 36-12, by halftime.

Keinath started it off with a 26 yard TD pass to Jeffery Stone, Snyder followed shortly with a 46 yard run, and Cruz Ibarra picked off a Wildcat pass and returned it 50 yards for the score with just 33 seconds left in the half.

“Defensively, we just had to settle down and stick to the scheme,” said Bill Brown, DHS head coach. “Mayville is a physically big team with good athletes, so we needed to adjust to them.

“Offensively,” he continued, “we are just playing disciplined football. Our offensive line is communicating and being accountable for their assignments. Our backs are holding on to the ball and Keinath is doing a good job with his arm and running when needed.”

Mayville scored a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, but the Eagles added two more TDs before the game was over. The first came on a five yard run by Carlos Ibarra and the next on five yard burst from Tyler Howard.

Overall, Deckerville piled up 275 yards rushing on 37 carries. Snyder, a sophomore, did much of the damage, going for 163 yards on just seven tries. Carlos Ibarra had 65 yards on 12 tries.

Keinath, meanwhile, was 7-of-8 passing for 99 yards.

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