Eagles’ eliminated from playoff hunt after loss to Newkirk
The Hennessey Eagles saw their playoff hopes officially come to an end this past Friday against Newkirk, with a 22-9 loss that put a damper on the Senior Night festivities. As has been the case all year long, injuries played a role in the defeat as Treyson Dunigan was unable to finish the contest with a should injury that has been nagging him for a few weeks. “He took a shot on his shoulder pretty early in the second half,” stated Coach Rick Luetjen.
“We also lost Eduardo on the opening kick of the second half. He suffered a concussion and that was big too because we moved him to tight end like we did Dalton before he broke his leg, and the idea is to get that extra big body on the field as a blocker to help us run the football. So that was a big loss too.” Unfortunately, injuries were not the only culprit in the Eagles’ seventh loss of the season, as Hennessey looked flat for most of the night. Newkirk came into the contest with the same record as Luetjen’s Eagles, but tiebreaker procedures put them out of the playoff picture. Still, Coach Luetjen warned his team that Newkirk would come fired up to play, and that showed up on the opening play of the night. The Tigers attempted an onside kick, and after a number of players got their hands on it, the Eagles came up emptied handed.
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