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Football: Springstead 20, Land O'Lakes 7

LAND O'LAKES — There are only two rules for Springstead to go by, according to mammoth left tackle Will Allen.

And the Eagles are doing a heckuva job at both these days.

"Hit hard and have fun. It's what Springstead football is all about. This feels great," the 6-foot-6, 278-pound senior said after his team stayed undefeated by dominating Land O'Lakes 20-7.

Springstead has cleared two of the tougher hurdles in District 6A-6 in back-to-back weeks. Last week the Eagles (5-0, 2-0) didn't finish as strong as they would like while edging Sunlake, but they didn't have that problem Friday thanks to an offense that ran the ball 53 times for 212 yards, and a defensive unit that didn't allow any points.

Springstead was up 17-0 early in the fourth quarter but Land O'Lakes' Kamal Wells blocked a punt, and Kyle Forchion recovered it in the end zone. However the Eagles answered with a Scott Baker 26-yard field goal, his second of the half, to make it 20-7.

Sophomore Daniel Wright had 101 yards on 23 carries and quarterback Tyler Mahla added 64 yards on the ground. Mahla was also proficient through the air, going 11-of-14 for 161 yards.

Harrison Wood's return from injury was supposed to spark the Gators' run game but he was held to 11 carries for 5 yards. Springstead's three-man front of Travis O'Neil, Shane Wiggins and Jesse Cowan led a smothering effort.

Springstead jumped on top early after Joe Predoehl recovered a fumble at the Gator 25. Pedro Estrada plunged in from less than a yard away, set up by his own 10-yard reception on a screen pass.

"The scary thing is we haven't put it all together yet. We made some mistakes out there," Allen said.

Land O'Lakes' only offensive scoring threat came after Springstead's lone turnover. James Pensyl hooked up with Nathan Randall in the end zone but a penalty wiped out the score.

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Football: Springstead 20, Land O'Lakes 7 09/28/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 5, 2012 5:07pm]
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