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Eagles launch into post-season with 5-1 record

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
The DHS?Eagles Jacob Wesley heads for the goal line early in Friday’s match-up versus Brandon’s Neelin Spartans.
The DHS Eagles Jacob Wesley heads for the goal line early in Friday’s match-up versus Brandon’s Neelin Spartans.

Submitted by Geoff Zilkalns

On a rainy fall day in front of a good crowd of loyal football fans, the DHS football team raced to a 39-0 halftime lead over the visiting Neelin Spartans. Both teams managed to deal with the elements quite well and each made explosive plays on offence. It was an entertaining conclusion to the 2015 regular season.

After each team traded short drives and got comfortable with the matchup, the Eagles capitalized on a short field with a determined march to the Spartan 2 yard line. Quarterback Jarett Hicks opened the scoring from there. The rest of the Dryden majors came from much further away. Kyle Johnston burst free on touchdown runs of 79 and 53 yards and Liam Wrolstad scored from 78 yards away. Donovan Parenteau hauled in a 21 yard Hicks pass with just over three minutes remaining in the half. The second half was played with running time due to the score and, as a result, Dryden didn’t run too many plays on the day but still managed 321 yards rushing.

The Eagles defence bent but rarely broke. The Neelin touchdown came in the third quarter but quarterback sacks from Kadin Taylor and Taylor McLarty, along with an interception by Kris Bilous, stalled Spartan drives. Linebackers Gus Brosseau, with 8 tackles, and Gunnar Anderson, with 6, provided solid run stopping.

For 13 seniors it was the last game they will play on home turf and the entire group rallied to make sure their day was a memorable one. The team now starts the second season on Thursday Oct 29th at 4pm against the resurgent St. John’s Tigers who boast the stingiest defence in the division. With the Eagles averaging 36 points per game, the contest will be a challenge for both squads. Though the teams each finished with only one loss, St. John’s was seeded higher based on tiebreakers and hosts the Blue and Gold in Winnipeg.

Eagles quarterback Jarret Hicks fires the ball downfield.
Staying out the rain. Scott and Ben Moody apply outdoorsmanship to the act of watching football in bad weather.
Gunnar Anderson (57 and Randy Russell (23) take down a Spartans runner.
Coach Geoff Zilkalns speaks to the team at halftime.



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