Coleman erupted for 40 points in the first quarter and cruised to a 64-6 victory over Northland Pines last Friday night in a Northwoods Football Conference (NFC) game played at Coleman.

“They were a championship-caliber football team that was well coached, disciplined and had good speed,” said Pines coach Steve Graf. “We were men down due to injury and illness, but the bottom line is, we have to tackle better. The Eagles play hard, but have a lot of work to do to become more competitive on both sides of the ball.”

The Cougars scored on runs of 50, 46, 39 and 36 yards, and returned an interception 80 yards for five touchdowns in the opening quarter. Coleman was successful on all five two-point conversions — four by run and one via a pass.

Coleman added a 1-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion run in the second quarter to make it 48-0 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Cougars scored on a 6-yard run and two-point conversion run to go up 56-0 before the Eagles finally found the end zone on a 23-yard pass from senior quarterback Owen Will to senior tight end Miles McCanles. The two-point conversion was unsuccessful.

Coleman added one score in the fourth quarter on a 14 run and two-point conversion run to make the final 64-6.

The Eagles had 129 yards of total offense including 121 through the air, but just 8 yards rushing on 14 carries. Will completed 11 of 22 passes with one touchdown and one interception. McCanles had five receptions for 87 yards. C.J. Lederer, Anthony Weeks and Ryder Will each had two receptions.

Defensively, senior linebacker Dominic Dahlquist led the way with nine solo tackles and 10 assisted tackles.

Pines, 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the NFC, will host the Clintonville Truckers this Friday, Sept. 23, with kickoff set for 7 p.m. in Eagle River. Clintonville, 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the NFC, did not play last week after receiving a forfeit from Menominee Indian last Friday. Coleman and Oconto Falls lead the conference with 3-0 records.

“The past three weeks we have faced teams with size and a powerful running attack,” said Graf. “This week we face a Clintonville team that spreads it out and wings it offensively. They have an outstanding quarterback and an excellent group of pass catchers and they know how to move the ball down the field. This will be another big challenge for the Eagles.”