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Fri. October 4, 2013 | Samuel Henninger

LAND O’LAKES —  Sunlake fed off  the energy of its  home crowd on homecoming night and earned a  20-3 victory over Mitchell.

Led by senior linebacker Ben Wood, the Seahawks defense had an impressive performance by holding  Mitchell  (3-3, 0-2) to  25 yards of total offense in the first half and less than 100 for the  game. The Mustangs utilized several  running backs  but  Sunlake’s defense consistently plugged holes and won the battle of the line of scrimmage .

Penalties plagued the Seahawks (5-1, 1-1) throughout the game, totaling  15 penalties  for 150 yards. Despite the  setbacks, they were able to string together several impressive drives .

“It was a huge win,” coach Bill Browning said. “It keeps us in the hunt and makes the next district game that much bigger.”

Starting quarterback Dayton Feiden was knocked out of the game on Sunlake’s  first drive . Backup Esteban LeWallen  provided a seamless transition for the Seahawks . He went 7-of-14 and had 51 yards passing.

“Our offensive line stepped up and blocked for (running back) Nathan Johnson,” LeWallen said. “The defense held the line of scrimmage and we came through with a win.”

Another impressive performance by  Johnson propelled the Seahawks.  He finished the game with 22 carries and 159 yards and two touchdowns.

“The offensive line did really good tonight,” Johnson said. “They picked up their blocks. “We are happy about this win and got to keep improving. We are going to continue to do the best that we can to get to the playoffs.”

John Schwindt had the Mustangs’ only points,  a 43-yard field goal.
 

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