NLA football: Eagles fall to Providence in MCAA opener, 17-0
The New Life Academy football team lost its Minnesota Christian Athletic Association league opener at home to Providence on Friday, Sept. 11 by a score of 17-0. New Life is now 0-1 in the conference and 0-2 overall.
After trailing 3-0 at halftime a special team's error on an Eagles' punt late in the third quarter gave the visiting Lions field position inside the Eagles' 20-yard line, leading to the game's first touchdown. Providence (2-0; 1-0 MCAA) also scored again late in the fourth quarter to complete the game's scoring.
For New Life Academy, Matt Michaud rambled for 84 yards and Karl Stenerson for 74 yards to lead the offense. Michaud, Robert Grissom, Cody Linton and Sam Dufault all caught passes from Stenerson in the passing game. Dan LeMay, Zach Jusczak, Sam Berg, and Stenerson also all made big defensive plays in the game.
According to New Life head coach Paul Mork, the Eagles are improving, but have been prone to making early-season mistakes which have handicapped all three phases of the team's games: offensive, defensive and kicking.
"Four sophomores and four freshmen have been getting extensive duty along with the upperclassmen as New Life works toward building the 2009 edition of a team," Mork said. "The efforts by the entire team in both the first two ball games have been exemplary."
This week the Eagles play host to St. John's Prep (0-1) in the school's homecoming game, at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 at Woodbury High School. Last year, New Life won its first-ever game against St. Johns Prep, 40-6, in its inaugural season.