After losing its last three games, the New Life Academy football team got rolling.
The Eagles defeated the St. Agnes Aggies Friday night 21-7 at home for its first Tri-Metro Conference win of the season.
New Life (3-3; 1-3 TMC) endured harsh weather conditions and a few mental mistakes Friday night to secure the conference victory over visiting St. Agnes (1-2; 2-4 TMC).
On a blustery October evening reminding everyone that Fall is here, the Eagles were able to overcome early penalty trouble and a St. Agnes lead in the third quarter to bring their record back to the .500 mark on the season.
The Eagles were able to rack up 302 yards of total offense, with senior co-captain Matt Michaud carrying the brunt of the load with a 173-yard performance on 19 carries.
Head Coach Paul Mork described the core group of starters - Michaud and fellow Eagle players Nolan Johnson, Matt Etzweiler, Jacob Salkowicz, Cameron Mehls, Luke Mikhail, Sam Dufault - as "yeamon contributors" as they labored hard for the common good, fighting off injury and the cold conditions.
"I felt we showed heart, poise when behind, and toughness in the second half, wearing down the Aggies as the game evolved," Mork said. "Our 'togetherness' is contagious."
After a scoreless first half that saw Eagle penalties and Aggie turnovers, the Aggies were able to punch through the Eagles defense and grab the lead 7-0 in the third quarter.
The Eagles were able to answer right back as they marched the ball down the field with runs of 11, 25, 18 and 15 yards. Salkowicz and Michaud were able to fight for the tough yards at the goal line, and the Eagles were able to get the touchdown and extra point to tie the game.
Following a stalled drive by the Aggies, New Life Academy was able to chew up the clock and methodically drive deeper into Aggies territory before scoring midway through the fourth quarter.
On the ensuing Aggies' drive, Michaud was able to intercept the first St. Agnes pass and score on a 33-yard pick six.
Next up for the Eagles is at winless Tri-Metro East Conference opponent Brooklyn Center on Friday, Oct. 12th at 7 p.m.