Irish outrun Mustangs, win first game


McRae Haney tries to shake off a defender after making a reception. He also returned an interception for a touchdown.

Dustin Strub celebrates as he scores on a 30-yard run.

Nate Maas makes a tackle against the Mora Mustangs.

 

Maple Lake’s boys of fall kicked off their season against the AAA Mora Mustangs in a non-conference game at home. The Irish dominated the Mustangs in a 42-6 victory with a powerful and fast running attack and turnover-causing defense.
Maple Lake’s offense started their first two drives in control of the game, scoring off a touchdown from quarterback Tony Goelz and a 30-yard touchdown run off the speedy legs of Dustin Strub. 
Mora’s defense was slow off the ball and their pad level was high at the line of scrimmage. Maple Lake’s offensive line used their powerful left side and their fast right side to control the much larger Mora defensive line. 
After two failed drives, Maple Lake’s offense was struggling to move the ball with missed blocks and miscommunication between offensive lineman and their tight ends. 
The Irish began to turn the engines back on in the second half, and throughout the rest of the game, with an opening-drive touchdown. 
“Overall the O-line did a great job and surprised us against a much larger line in Mora,” head coach Tim Knudsen commented after the game, “Our running backs found great lanes and broke tackles… We need to work the little things like pad level and knowing who to block. Then, we can beat anyone.”
More informantion appears in this week's Messenger.
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