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EVEN THE WEATHER COULD NOT CATCH THE EAGLES- WIN OVER ST MARY'S 52-32


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Even the weather could not catch the Eagles….

It has been an August to remember, with over 12 inches of rain in a week, 3 ½ practices lost in a 15 practice preseason, when the decision had been made to totally “retool” the Eagles offense.  Nonetheless, the rain clouds waited just minutes following the conclusion of the game, before opening up at O’Neill, allowing the Allen Eagles to race to a 52-32 win over St. Mary’s.

 

The Eagles and Cardinals played solid defense against each other in the first period, with very physical play.  The heat and humidity eventually allowed the Eagle team depth to take over the Cardinals.

 

The Eagles scored on their second possession of the period when Kyle Smith scampered 19 yards for the first of six touchdown runs on the evening.  Smith connected with Jacob Williams for the PAT to put the Eagles up 8-0 late in the period.  St. Mary’s answered 11 seconds later, as they returned the ensuing kickoff back 70 yards for a score.  The PAT failed leaving the score 8-6 after one period.

 

The Eagle defense was stingy all night when it mattered, as they kept the Cardinals out the end zone consistently until late in the game when the outcome was decided. 

 

Allen expanded their lead to 16-6 in the second period when Smith crossed over from the 6 yard line, and then Smith carried the PAT over.  That is where the score stood at intermission.

 

St. Mary’s regrouped and scored their first offensive touchdown on an 11 yard pass late in the third period to close the game to 16-12.  That is as close as they would get, as Allen responded on the next offensive series with a 68 yard touchdown run by Smith.  Freshmen, Kobe Kumm hit Jacob Williams with the PAT pass to push the lead to 24-12.

 

The Eagles played solid defense from the 4 minute mark of the third period until the 4 minute mark of the fourth frame, while tacking on a Blake McCorkindale touchdown run from a yard out, and Smith again scored on a 20 yard jaunt.  With the game at 36-12 with 5 minutes to go, it became a liberal reserve substitution type game. 

 

Statistically, Kyle Smith had a huge game rushing, carrying 20 times for 223 and 6 touchdowns.  He also connected on one of two passes the entire game for 24 yards.  Blake McCorkindale was solid carrying 15 times for 65 yards and 1 score.  McCorkindale and Smith also led the team in tackles, both recording 13.  Isaac Verzani wrestled 12 Cardinals, and freshman, Anthony Isom had 11.  Noah Carr and Jacob Williams snared interceptions on the evening.

 

The win should give the Eagles a tremendous boost, as they again hit the highway Friday, as they travel to Cedar Bluffs.

Game time is 7:00 p.m.  Cedar Bluffs won on Friday, 36-18 against Weeping Water.  Allen defeated Cedar Bluffs 80-20 in 2016 and will be hoping another win is in the mix.

 

COACHES COMMENTS:

“Early on their physical size was hard to handle, but as the game progressed, our depth and speed really showed.  It was just like most first games, with penalties and miscues early, but by halftime, it looked much better and really gained speed in the second half.  With the weather taking practice time, we still were ready to play, but maybe not sure what we would look like doing that.  Our kids played their butts off, and cut mistakes in the second half.  If we continue to improve it will be a fun season.  The schemes were good on offense, defense and special teams and that allowed the team to be successful.”

 

Click link below for game stats:

Allen vs. St. Mary's Football Stats

 

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