Eagle football: 2012 season review
December 14, 2012Holden High School
by Dakota Morgan
This year, the Holden Eagles made history, as the finished their season 11-3, after a disappointing loss to a tough Blair Oaks squad, in the 2A State Semifinals. Though they fell short of their ultimate goal of a state championship, there’s no denying they had a season to remember.
The season kicked-off with what may have been the most exciting game of the year, as the Holden went to Nevada and escaped with a win. With under a minute left, the Eagles drove down the length of the field, before the senior combo of Jeff Miller and Jordan Sullins connected on a game-winning touchdown pass, with less than ten seconds left to play.
After the Eagles miraculous win at Nevada, they played Oak Grove in a very sloppy game in the home-opener against Oak Grove and lost by a score of 12-6.
Following the loss to the Panthers, the Eagles reeled off three straight victories against Clinton, Lexington, and Odessa. Senior tailback, Max Mickey, had his best game of his high school career against the Bulldogs of Odessa, when he went off for a mind-boggling 420 rushing yards on 32 carries.
In week six, Holden hosted the undefeated Higginsville Huskers, on homecoming night. At the end of regulation, the score was tied at 21. The Eagles eventually fell to the Huskers, but would get a chance at revenge in the District Championship.
The Blue and White would finish the season strong, winning another three in a row, before heading into the playoffs.
In the first two rounds, the Eagles pounded both Derrick Thomas Academy and St. Paul-Lutheran, before getting another chance at Higginsville.
When the Eagles traveled to Lafayette County to take on the Huskers, it seemed as if the tables had been turned. On the first play from scrimmage, Mickey took the ball for more than 70 yards and the score.
Holden pulled out an upset victory over the number one team in the state Huskers, and were rewarded by a trip to Lathrop to take on the number one team, once again. The Mules held tough, but just couldn’t manage to contain Max Mickey.
Holden eventually downed Lathrop, 48-26, en route to a meeting with the 12-1 Blair Oaks Falcons. The Eagles would eventually fall to the Falcons, 46-32, in a game that was a lot closer than the score implies.
Though the Eagles didn’t attain a State Championship, this season marks the furthest that Holden has ever made it into the postseason.
In addition, several players were named to the MRVC All-Conference team. Seniors Jeff Miller, Max Mickey, Matt Borgen, Jordan Sullins, Dakota Tilotson, and Alex Haun were given the honor, along with junior Matt Laing, and sophomores Jake Hoffman and Austin Tevis.