Maple River football downs NYA 12-7

The Green Machine defensive had 4 sacks and 3 interceptions against the Raiders. Photo by Kim Walters

The Green Machine defensive had 4 sacks and 3 interceptions against the Raiders. Photo by Kim Walters

Box Score

By Joe Steck – Mankato Times

SHAKOPEE, MINN. — The Maple River Eagles defeated Norwood-Young-America 12-7 on Friday night in Minnesota Class AA football playoff action. With the win the Eagles improve to 11-2 and advance to play Eden Valley-Watkins (10-1) in the semi-final game on Thursday, Nov. 17th at U.S. Bank Stadium with a 2:00 pm scheduled start.

The Raiders were out to avenge an early season 47-0 routing from the Eagles. Maple River was looking for a win in their first state football quarterfinal appearance.

The Eagles put the first points on the board in the 1st quarter after Nathan “Iceman” Moore drilled a 25 yard field goal from 25 yards out for the 3-0 lead with 2:45 left in the quarter.

Maple River expanded on the lead when Jeff Lewis crossed the goal line from 8 yards out with 4:21 left in the 3rd quarter. The extra point was missed and the Eagles led 9-0.

Iceman Moore extended the lead to 12-0 when he hammered through a 20 yarder with 9:53 left in the game.

Sindelir picks off a pass with 2:27 left in the game. Photo by Kim Walters.

Sindelir picks off a pass with 2:27 left in the game. Photo by Kim Walters.

The Raiders finally put some points on the board when Holden Rickaby ran in from 2 yards out. The extra point was good and the Eagle lead was 12-7.

With just under 2 minutes left in the game, Cole Sohre punted the ball to Kellen Erpenbach, who returned the punt 63 yards down to the Maple River 20 yard line. The Eagles defense showed why they are called the Green Machine, shutting down the Raiders offense and ending the Raiders drive with a Logan Quiram sack. Quiram finished the game with 4 tackles and 1 sack.

Maple River had 282 yards for the game with quarterback Jeff Lewis leading the way completing 10 or 16 passes for 104 yards while rushing 17 times for 118 yards and a score. Lincoln Arndt carried the ball 27 times for 79 yards.

Ethan Sindelir led the Eagles with 38 yards on 2 receptions while Cole Sohre gained 33 yards on 3 grabs.

The Eagles defense held the Raiders to 208 total yards, 143 through the air and 65 on the ground. The team had 4 sacks and 3 interceptions on the night.

Noah Decker led the team with 6 tackles followed by Moore and Arndt who each had an interception and 5 tackles, Moore also had a sack.

Sacks: Nathan Moore 1, Logan Quiram 1, Tyler Maas 1, Trevor Prange 1.

Interceptions: Nathan Moore 1, Lincoln Arndt 1, Ethan Sindelir 1

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