The first half of the Mazama/Eagle Point game should have been played on Halloween night, rather than last Friday.
Mazama jumped to a lead in the first period, then extended it in the second quarter. Near the end of the second period, it looked as if it were raining yellow flags. Both teams were jumping offside, numerous false starts on both offensive teams and throw in a couple of personal fouls, just for good measure. Neither team gained advantage in the exchange of penalties while both seemed to be playing well below their capabilities.
The lone bright spot for the Eagles was a 76-yard pass reception to
Garrett Davis with 5:44 left in the second period to cut the margin to
8-14. The Eagles recovered the ensuing onside kick, but failed to take
advantage of the Vikings misfortune.
The picture changed
during the third period to the delight of Eagle fans. Teams win games,
but Jake Ringrose got his hands on the ball made things happen. Tyler
Kinert took an Erickson pass to tie the score with nine minutes left in
the period, then took the lead on a two-point conversion by Ryan Smith.
over two minutes later, Erickson again connected with Davis to put the
Eagles up 22-14. The Eagles then drove the field only to turn the ball
over on downs near the Viking 15. Ringrose intercepted a Mazama pass
and ran it into the end zone to put the game out of reach for the
Vikings. For added insurance, the Eagles put up another score with just
3:18 left on the clock. Mazama then completed a long pass to take the
ball deep into the Eagle Red Zone, but turned the ball over on downs.
might not have been pretty, but the one statistic that counts is the
final score, and the Eagle came out with a 38-14 victory and a share of
the Southern Sky Conference lead. The Eagles now stand at 4-2 for the
By Ralph McKechnie
Of the Independent