IHS Football - Willy Stalker

Catching the ball

Isle receiver Willy Stalker led the Huskies in pass receptions and passing yardage in the win against Silver Bay. The Isle junior had 10 catches for 163 yards and three touchdowns.

The Isle Huskies began their 2019 football season with a loss to North Central on opening day and a win over Silver Bay in week two.

North Central

The Isle Huskies football team opened its 2019 season traveling four hours to take on the North Central Stars, a combined team of Northome/Kelliher/Little fork and Big Falls.

The Huskies found themselves behind 38-0 by half-time and wound up losing, 60-16.

Isle started the game in good fashion, making two immediate first downs, but that drive stalled, and the Stars dominated the remainder of the half, scoring on a 70-yard drive and taking advantage of a superior running game to score three more times before intermission.

The Stars went up 44-0, scoring on another 70-yard drive to open the second half, before Isle got on the board with some timely passing from quarterback Teagen Haggberg and capped off by his 4-yard touchdown run.

Isle’s defense found it hard to stop the N-K-L-B running attack and the score grew to 60-8 entering the fourth period.

A 70-yard pass followed by a 9-yard run to the end zone by Turk Paulsen ended the scoring for both sides with both teams fielding their B-squads.

The Stars had all their 463 yards of offense on the ground, while Isle’s 164 rushing yards and 96 through the air totaled 260 yards. Willy Stalker, Lucas Gross and Eric Thompson combined for 54 receiving yards. Paulsen led Isle in rushing with 74 yards, followed by Haggberg with 56.

Thompson led the team in tackles with eight, followed by Ethan Bens0n and Stalker each with six.

Isle 0 0 8 8 16

N C 16 22 22 0 60

Silver Bay

The Isle Huskies hosted the Silver Bay Mariners in the second game of the season on Sept. 6. The Huskies, who were adding two more starters who were absent the week before, wound up handily beating the Mariners, 38-15.

Isle struck quickly on offense, driving the ball to the Silver Bay 27-yardline on the opening series when quarterback Teagen Haggberg hit Willy Stalker with a 27-yard scoring pass and run.

The Huskies got the ball right back on a Mariner miffed kickoff return and Isle took advantage of that break in similar fashion as the first time, with Haggberg hitting Stalker with a 17-yard touchdown pass and run to go up 16-0 entering the second quarter

Silver Bay took advantage of a blown pass coverage and scored on a 47-yard pass to move to within 16-8.

On their next possession, Isle moved the ball to the Silver Bay 40-yard line on running by Haggberg and Turk Paulsen, before hitting Ethan Benson with a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Up, 22-8 heading into the third quarter, Isle again went to the air, hitting Stalker with a 31-yard touchdown pass to go up, 30-8.

Haggberg completed Isle’s scoring, scampering 14 yards into the end zone in the fourth quarter.

“It was a great all-around game by our offense and defense,” Isle coach Stan Miller said.

Isle finished the game with 545 total yards, including 283 yards through the air, with 163 yards in 10 catches by Stalker. Joe Carlson had three catches for 65 yards, Ethan Benson caught two balls for 47 yards and Lucas Gross had two catches for eight yards.

Rushing leaders for Isle were Paulsen with 12 carries for 73 yards, followed by 63 yards on 13 carries by Haggberg and 13 yards on four carries by Benson.

Silver Bay finished with a total of 194 yards.

Leaders on defense for the Huskies were Brad Bernu with 11 tackles, followed by eight tackles each by Gross, Benson and Carlson.

Silver Bay 0 8 0 7 15

Isle 16 6 8 8 38

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