Gaels run all over Eagles
EAGLE GROVE — Alex Tiernan accounted for just one of St. Edmond’s 61 points Friday night, but it was a historic one.
Tiernan became the first female to score in a football game for the Gaels, knocking through the final extra-point in a convincing 61-16 victory over Eagle Grove.
A sophomore, Tiernan converted her attempt on the very same field and through the very same goal post as her junior varsity extra-point last year.
“What an incredible moment,” SEHS head coach Matt Dillon said. “Alex is a very special kid. She’s taking college-level classes, plays junior varsity volleyball and does not miss a practice of football. I honestly have no idea how she does it all. And she’s always doing whatever we’ve asked of her.
“The kids were excited for her to get an opportunity, and even more excited when it went through.”
Prior to that, the Gaels (1-0 overall) found themselves in a tight contest midway through the second quarter as the Eagles (0-1) took a 16-14 lead under first-year head coach Logan Willard.
After that moment, though, it was all St. Edmond.
Quinten McCarville hauled in the first of three Drew Schaeffer touchdown passes, Kase Baker scored three consecutive times, and Tyler Rossmanith, Anthony Lacina and Caleb Schaeffer all found their way to the end zone.
Sean Flattery, who scored four times last year in a win over Eagle Grove, got the Gaels on the board with two quick touchdowns in the opening five minutes of the game.
“You really saw just how quick-strike our offense can be there early on,” Dillon said. “I’ve been looking forward to this since I took over three years ago. These kids are a special senior class and they have a lot of talent. We had some troubles and we definitely have things we need to correct, but man, when we were going, we were really going.”
Rossmanith, a junior, ran for 148 yards including a 70-yard touchdown that ended with a perfectly-placed stiff-arm to reach paydirt. Flattery added 91 yards on the ground and hauled in a key 31-yard reception on fourth-down when the score was 20-16.
Baker had 53 yards on the ground and added two receptions for 84 more yards from Schaeffer, who finished 5-for-9 for 162 yards.
“We found some things that really worked and just kept going to them,” Dillon said. “Drew showed a lot of maturity back there. He made some plays that he might not have made a year ago. He’s just a special, special athlete.”
The Gael defense, working under new coordinator Mark McDermott, forced five turnovers. Parker Oswald had two interceptions, with Lacina adding a third. Both Cayne Reed and Peyton Scott recovered fumbles.
Eagle Grove’s Jakob Jeske made his varsity debut, as the freshman quarterback accounted for both touchdowns. Jeske threw for 51 yards and ran for 91.
Roberto Calles had both conversion attempts and Drake Canavan recovered a fumble.
St. Edmond makes its home debut next Friday night, hosting Clarion-Goldfield/Dows. Eagle Grove welcomes in West Central Valley.
Rushing — St. Edmond: Tyler Rossmanith 12-148, Sean Flattery 7-91, Kase Baker 7-53, Anthony Lacina 5-36, Caleb Schaeffer 2-13, Thornton Aljets 1-1, JT Laufersweiler 2-(minus-4), Drew Schaeffer 1-(minus-6). Eagle Grove: Jakob Jeske 21-91, Tate Richardson 4-25, Blake Morgan 4-22, Roberto Calles 7-17, Cayden Schultz 3-15, Team 1-(minus-2), Kaden Pritchard 2-(minus-4).
Passing — St. Edmond: Drew Schaeffer 5-9-0-162, Caleb Schaeffer 0-0-0-0, JT Laufersweiler 0-0-0-0. Eagle Grove: Jakob Jeske 4-14-3-51.
Receiving — St. Edmond: Kase Baker 2-84, Sean Flattery 1-31, Parker Oswald 1-28, Quinten McCarville 1-19. Eagle Grove: Nick Huntley 2-30, Drake Canavan 1-21, Blake Morgan 1-0.