Eagles no match for high-powered Tigers

Staff photo by Steve Muscatello New Ulm quarterback Nolan Drill (10) throws the ball on the run as a pair of Marshall defenders close in during the second quarter Friday at New Ulm High School.

NEW ULM — Down 28-0 at halftime to Marshall, the New Ulm Eagles had a spark of offense on their first possession of the second half when Sean Howk broke loose for a 72 yard run down to the Tigers’ 3-yard line.

But four passing plays failed to score and Marshall took over.

The Tigers then scored two touchdowns in span of 11 seconds — one on a 24 yard pass from quarterback Bryce Paulsen to Brady Slagel on he ensuing drive and the other coming one play after a New Ulm turnover on a 35-yard scoring pass from Paulsen to Cory Greve as the Tigers topped the Eagles 58-0 at New Ulm High School.

Paulsen had three touchdown passes in the game.

“I felt that our boys really played hard and the final score is not indicative of how we played tonight,” New Ulm coach Corey Kneeshaw said.

“For the first time this year we showed up and played and battled on defense as hard as we could,” Kneeshaw said. “We were only down 14-0 with four minutes left in the first half. I do not think that a lot of people thought it would be that close at that time.”

And the New Ulm defense had forced two Tigers’ turnovers in the first half.

But Marshall used a 27-yard touchdown run from Brady Hilgemann and followed that up with a 38-yard pick six from Paulsen for that 28-0 halftime lead.

Kneeshaw thought that it would have been big if the Eagles had punched the ball in after Howk’s 72-yard spurt.

“It would have been big too show that we can score on the mighty Marshall,” Kneeshaw said.

That run from Howk got the Eagles as close as they would get to the Tigers’ end zone in the game as the New Ulm offense stalled in the second half.

“We did lose [quarterback] Nolan Drill in the second half to a shoulder injury — he was laboring – so we had to play Brody Bouldan,” Kneeshaw said. “Brody is not quite the passer. I think that a lot was deflated when he went out. Nolan is fierce competitor and is one of our leaders.”

Kneeshaw said that he was happy with the play of his team.

“If we play the next two games like we did tonight, we have two winnable games coming up.”