Eagles win home opener


Run away from Mendota in the second half

TEMPLETONSeniors Kyle Sorrow and Kade Gaertner charged onto the Eagles field, through a tunnel of the band and cheerleaders, Friday night, Aug. 31, with an American flag hoisted high by one and an Eagles flag held by the other as Templeton High School football prepared for kickoff for their first home game of the season.

Templeton played their home opener against Mendota and treated the home fans to a show in all three phases of the game. At one point the Eagles scored three consecutive touchdowns without Mendota taking an offensive snap, defensively, they intercepted two balls and recovered a fumbled snap, and, perhaps the most impressive of them all, recovered two fumbles on kickoffs.

Both the offense and the defense started the night a little slow for the Eagles but everything changed when quarterback Zack Logan went down late in the second quarter. Mendota had just scored for a second time to bring the score to 14-12 with the Eagles leading. With less than a minute left in the half, Logan scrambled out of the pocket to extend the play and took a hard hit as he delivered a long ball that fell incomplete.

Logan was motionless on the field for several moments before the Templeton training staff ran out to treat him. After about 25 minutes Logan was gurneyed into an ambulance and taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital. Head Coach Tyler Lane says that Logan as of Monday was feeling much better.

“I just told the boys after the game and at halftime that is something that what I am the most proud of is their ability to just come back from adversity like that,” Lane said. “This group said, ‘you know what we are going to do this for Zack and we’re going to get rolling’ and they did.”

Senior Jack Trimble, who started the game for the Eagles and played the entirety of the first quarter, returned to the game at quarterback with 46 seconds to go in the first half and 80 yards of grass between his team and the end zone.

Trimble threw his next two passes to sophomore receiver Tyler Kaschewski and in a blink, Templeton was on the Mendota 15-yard line.  A wheel route out the backfield to senior running back Shane Simonin sealed the drive and gave Templeton a 21-12 lead at halftime

“Jack came in and played a dynamite game,” Lane said.

Templeton received the ball first in the second half and moved the ball right down the field for a quick 56-yard drive and then jumped on the ball on the ensuing kickoff when the Mendota returner dropped the ball and inadvertently kicked it forward.

The Eagles scored again, this time on a 25-yard pass and catch between Trimble and Kaschewski, and the route was on 35-12.

Defensively, aside from a few broken coverages, Templeton played a stellar game and held the Aztecs to only 13 rushing yards total. The defensive line and linebackers for the Eagles played discipline, clogged up all the running lanes, and quickly made Mendota a one-dimensional football team.

“Coach told us that when we do our job this week we are going to get successful moments and I think everyone in the line, including the oline and the wide receivers, everyone, did what they needed to do, and once we start we get going,” Simonin said.

The offensive line opened gaping holes for Simonin all night who finished the game with 152 yards on 20 carries and the lone catch for three total touchdowns. The Eagles’ offense ran efficiently and according to plan. Templeton was able to run and establish themselves, all three Simonin touchdowns came in the first half, and then opened up the playbook in the second half and spread the ball around to their skill guys and playmakers.

“I’m going to say that practice was probably a rough week for our offensive line,” Lane said. “They were kind of getting chirped at all week and we came out tonight and you could tell they had heard enough from myself and coach Carroll and they led us. They let us run downhill and we were able to hand the ball off and get going and once we can get that rolling then you can get some of the skill guys going too.”

The Eagles won the game  38-20 and Trimble finished the game completing 11-of-15 passes for 160 yards and three touchdowns.  His leading receivers were Kaschewski, who hauled in three passed for 82 yards and TD and Marino D'alfonso who finished with 4 catches for 31 yards.

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