Information by Ed LeGault
Discovering ways to score.
Each year on October 9, Norse explorer Leif Erikson is celebrated. The Icelandic-born explorer is credited for bringing the first Europeans to North America in the year 1,000. Since 1964, Leif Erikson day has been held to praise Americans of Nordic Descent in general, and also applauding the spirit of discovery.
On Friday, the evening before the holiday, Southeastern High School quarterback Wade Eriksen led a gridiron squad that discovered many different ways to score as they visited Madison-Plains. In the end, the Trojans defeated the Golden Eagles 30-6.
It was Eriksen himself who first explored the end zone as he ran the ball in from six yards out.
Madison-Plains responded in style just over a minute later as Golden Eagle signal-caller Evan Coil connected with Ben Stoughton for a spectacular 64-yard catch-and-run scoring play to tie the score at 6-6.
The team defenses took center stage in the second quarter as neither squad approached the end zone. The Golden Eagle defense was led by Tyson Guiette and Scott Sanford.
With the clock winding down before half, Trojan running back Thomas Sulfridge had a five yard run with 57 seconds to give SE a 12-6 lead at the break.
The defenses continue to shine in the third, with no more points put on the board in the stanza.
As Madison-Plains approached pay dirt, it was Eriksen again – this time from the defensive side as he picked off a pass and ran 99 yards for the game’s pivotal play. Instead of the Golden Eagles tying it up, Southeastern widened its lead.
Within the next four minutes, the visitors scored twice more – first on a field goal by Austin Clayton, and then a 14 yard run by Sulfridge.
Next week the Golden Eagles travel to Greenon.