Gaels roll past Eagles
EAGLE GROVE — The St. Edmond football team took care of business here on Friday night, posting a 40-8 victory over Eagle Grove.
Sean Flattery ran for 145 yards and scored four touchdowns, Kase Baker added over 100 yards from scrimmage and two scores, and Jackson Bemrich blocked a punt, as the Gaels moved to 2-1 on the season ahead of a key matchup next Friday night vs. Bishop Garrigan.
“I’m beyond proud of my teammates for coming out and playing as hard as they did,” said Bemrich, who also recorded a sack. “We have a big game next week and I can’t wait to get back to work on Monday.
“Improving to 2-1 is big for us and I hope that we can keep the streak going.”
Flattery got St. Edmond on the board midway through the first quarter, darting his way to the end zone from 24 yards out to cap a five-play drive. The speedy junior had 115 of his 145 yards in the first half, including 85 in the opening quarter.
In a matter of 34 seconds early in the second, Flattery and Baker scored, as the Gaels took advantage of a Flattery fumble recovery after he scored to set his classmate up deep inside Eagle Grove (0-3) territory.
“Kase and Sean both had great games running the football,” SEHS head coach Matt Dillon said. “It was great to see them get going and for our offense to generate big plays on the ground.”
Flattery would strike again to finish off a eight-play drive, giving St. Edmond a 28-0 lead before halftime. Thornton Aljets knocked in all four of his first half extra-point attempts.
“Thornton’s kicking was the best it has been this year,” Dillon said. “He had some great kickoffs and those made extra points are important moving forward.”
The Eagles had just one sustained drive in the opening half, as they were held to just three first downs and 18 total yards.
Backup quarterback Tate Richardson did give the Eagle Grove crowd something to cheer about on Homecoming, breaking free late in the fourth on a 73-yard run on fourth-down.
“(The Eagles) are in a tough situation with their best player (Joel Mendoza) injured and some other key guys hurt,” Dillon said. “That’s difficult to deal with at schools this size.”
Mendoza, a senior, was limited to just defense due to an ankle injury suffered last week. Roberto Calles ran for 39 yards and Orlando Hernandez-Melendrez picked off a pass.
The St. Edmond defense also received fumble recoveries from freshman John Nemmers, senior Nick Lawler and junior Parker Oswald, with Baker intercepting a pass. Nemmers added a sack.
“We have guys that can fly around and make plays,” Dillon said. “We are getting better each week on defense there is no question about it. I feel like we are way ahead of where we were that first week vs. Panorama on both sides of the ball.
“I’m pleased with the effort and pleased with what we accomplished. Now we have Garrigan and I told the kids things are going to get a whole lot tougher here in seven days.”
The Golden Bears moved to 2-1 on the year with a 22-6 victory over Lake Mills last night.
First Downs 21 7
Rushes-Yards 37-273 44-130
Passing 58 11
Comp-Att-Int 4-16-1 2-9-1
Total Offense 331 141
Punts-Avg. 2-21.5 4-28.5
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 5-4
Penalties-Yards 7-50 4-30
St. Edmond 7 21 12 0– 40
Eagle Grove 0 0 0 8–8
St. Edmond — Sean Flattery (24-yard run), 6:44 left in first. Thornton Aljets kick≥
St. Edmond — Flattery (9-yard run), 11:53 left in second. Aljets kick.
St. Edmond — Kase Baker (2-yard run), 11:19 left in second. Aljets kick.
St. Edmond — Flattery (1-yard run), 7:22 left in second. Aljets kick.
St. Edmond — Flattery (12-yard run), 9:08 left in third. Kick failed.
St. Edmond — Baker (5-yard run), 3:59 left in third. Kick failed.
Eagle Grove — Tate Richardson (73-yard run), 3:45 left in fourth. Roberto Calles run.
Rushing — St. Edmond: Sean Flattery 15-145, Kase Baker 13-97, Tyler Rossmanith 5-21, Parker Oswald 1-11, Johnny Dickerson 2-4, Devon Wirtz 1-(minus-5). Eagle Grove: Tate Richardson 2-78, Roberto Calles 17-39, Francisco Gonzalez 5-19, Jake Darland 14-3, Andrew Dencklau 1-1, Orlando Hernandez-Melendrez 4-0, Team 1-(minus-10).
Passing — St. Edmond: Drew Schaeffer 3-15-1-48, Devon Wirtz 1-1-0-10. Eagle Grove: Jake Darland 2-9-1-11.
Receiving — St. Edmond: Parker Oswald 1-37, Kase Baker 2-18, Tyler Rossmanith 1-10. Eagle Grove: Nick Huntley 1-9, Mark Dawson 1-2.