The Minden Whippets football team faced its toughest challenge of the 2011 season on Friday night when they traveled to Milford to take on the 5-1 hard-hitting Milford Eagles.
The Whippets were able to hold off the pesky Eagles to remain undefeated (7-0) holding on for a 21-13 victory.
Minden will try to remain undefeated as the Dawgs close out their regular season on Thursday, Oct. 20 when they host the Grand Island Central Catholic Crusaders at Kuper Field at 7 p.m.
The last time a Whippet football team went undefeated in the regular season was 1952.
“We didn’t play our best game, but I’m glad we came out on top,” stated Minden head coach Sam Dunn. “Our tackling and blocking needs to improve as we continue the season. Jarod Speer had a big kick off return to help spark the win.”
Milford would strike first in what turned into a game of field position late in the first quarter and in the second period. The Eagles took possession on their own 31 and marched to pay dirt, capping their scoring drive on a two-yard touchdown run with 30 seconds left in the first quarter. The Eagles added the point-after kick to go ahead 7-0.
It didn’t take long for the Dawgs to respond. Minden took only three plays and marched 71-yards in three plays. Jarod Speer began the drive with a long 51-yard run and concluded with a 16-yard touchdown run by Carson Blum to make it 7-6. Derek Kissinger was able to make the PAT kick to tie the contest at 7-7.
The Whippets were recipients of a gift to begin the second period when the Eagles put the ball on the turf and Ryan Chramosta came up with the ball. Minden took over at the Milford 47-yard line with 10:07 left before halftime.
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