Indians earn first win of the year

SLEEPY EYE – Sleepy Eye beat Springfield 42-26 in a Southwest District East Conference battle on Friday night.

After a scoreless first quarter, Springfield drove the ball 56 yards to the end zone. Devin Johnson completed a pass to Cole Christensen, moving a third and nine form Sleepy Eye’s 33 down to inside the 20. Aaron Salonek ran the ball two yards into the end zone to complete the drive for Springfield.

Sleepy Eye answered back on the next drive after Landon Strong ran the ball 57 yards to inside Springfield’s 3. Carter Tauer took the ball in the end zone, tying the game at 6-6.

Salonek, then took Sleepy Eye’s kickoff 75 yards to the end zone. Johnson completed a pass to Andrew Beckman, giving the Tigers the 2-point conversion.

“[Salonek] had a great game, he is a good runner in traffic,” Springfield coach Paul Dunn said.

Sleepy Eye received the ball after a short kick giving it great field position on the Tiger 41. Tauer finished the drive taking the ball 18 yards into the end zone with help from a huge block delivered by Jon Mickelson.

Springfield then turned the ball over on a fumble by Salonek on its own 24. Strong took the next play 24 yards for the touchdown, giving Sleepy Eye the lead at 18-14

“[Strong] is a pretty talented athlete, we have to give credit to our blocking and offensive line,” coach Cory Haala said.

Sleepy Eye took the first drive of the second half into the end zone. Sam Tessmer completed a pass to Tauer on a 4th and 4, from Springfield’s 42 down to inside the 10. Lane Trebesch ran a 1-yard run into the end zone for Sleepy Eye. Tessmer completed a pass to Tauer for a successful two-point conversion.

Springfield drove its next possession 90 yards after a 62 yard, second and nine pass to Kale Meendering finding the back of the end zone.

Salonek had 67 yards from 16 rushes, Meendering had five receptions for 163 yards for Springfield.

For Sleepy Eye, Strong had 267 yards rushing from 22 attempts with four touchdowns. Trebesch had nine carries for 79 yards and Tauer had 64 yards from two receptions.

Springfield will host New Ulm Cathedral at 7 p.m. on Friday.

Sleepy Eye will travel to Morgan to take on Cedar Mountain Comfrey at 7 p.m. on Friday.