The O'Neill Eagles took on the Badgers of Valentine Friday, Oct. 24 for their final game of the season. The Eagles came out in the first half and battled, but struggled to find the end zone trailing 15-0 at halftime. Valentine would continue with the momentum taking the ensuing kickoff return 85 yards for a touchdown to open up the second half. The next possession the Eagles would throw an interception that was returned all the way down to the two-yard line and early on the Eagles would find themselves in a big hole down 29-0.The Eagles scrapped and fought, but the Badgers were too much in the end. "We are proud of how our guys fought throughout the game, but more importantly throughout the season. All season we were out-sized by much bigger teams and continued to fight and battle regardless of the outcomes. I know our record only showed two wins, but this football team showed so much improvement over last year," said Coach Brock Eichelberger. "We as coaches enjoyed this group and their willingness to be coached as well as their dedication to the program. Football is a very tough sport and requires a lot of physical and mental demands throughout a season. It's definitely not a sport for everyone. As coaches, we couldn't be more proud of this team's overall effort and the willingness to sacrifice for the name on the front of their Jersey." commented Eichelberger.
The Eagles ran 58 plays for 15 first downs and had nine penalties for 50 yards. The Badgers ran 43 plays for seven first downs and had six penalties for 28 yards.
The only score for the Eagles came when Fabian Acevedo ran in a fumble recovery and Angel Lopez kicked in the extra point.
Mason Walsh threw 12 times for six completions and 41 yards. Michael Poese led the Eagles with 14 carries for 44 yards, Kolby Dean three carries for 21 yards, Brady Sidak three carries for eight yards.
Dean led the receivers for the Eagles with two catches for 22 yards, Peyton Mathews one catch for 12 yards, Keegan Moore one catch for four yards and Sidak two catches for three yards.
Poese led the defense with nine tackles, Sidak seven tackles, Riley Davis, Brandon Hopson and Dean six tackles each; Mathews five tackles; Landon Classen and Acevedo three tackles each; Sean Coventry, Lopez and Walsh two tackles each; and Matt Pardun, Korbyn Grenier, and Sam Carstens one tackle each.