"Passing" is the definitely the name of the game for the 2007 Eagle Point Fighting Eagles.
Through the first five games of the season (not including Friday’s game with Mazama) the Eagles have racked up better than 296 yards per game through the air while managing 90 yards on the ground. The 3-2 Eagles are led by senior quarterback Scott Erickson who, so far, has completed 67 percent of his passes. Erickson has thrown for 1387 total yards during those first five games, completing 134 passes of 200 attempts for 12 TDs against just 7 interceptions.
Prior to the beginning of the season, Coach Harry Hedrick said that the QB duties might be shared by Erickson and Ryan Smith. Once the season began, Smith was shifted to a wide receiver, a move designed to help the overall performance of the team. Though Smith is not taking snaps, he still gets to throw the ball on occasion, completing 4-of-5, two of those for touchdowns.
Garrett Davis has been on the receiving end of 46 of the team’s 139
total completions, picking up a total of 549 yards and four TDs on the
season. Smith, Tyler Kinnert, Jake Ringrose and Jonathan Taylor are all
in double figures in the receiving department, and, along with four
other receivers, give Erickson plenty of targets.
potent passing attack, one would have to assume that the ground game
might not be putting up such good numbers. Erickson has carried the
ball more (57) than any running back, but most of those come when
receivers are not open on the play. Jake Ringrose has picked up 123
yards on the season on 29 attempts, while Marlia and Smith pick up a
portion of the ball-carrying duties.
Of the team’s 20 TDs
this year, six have been on the ground and 14 through the air. The
scoring leader is Davis with 34 points, followed by Erickson (26) and
Kinert (24). The team scored 158 points during those first games for
an average of nearly 32 points-per-game.
The defense has
been a concern during the season, but at a rematch on Sept. 27, they
shut out Madison of Portland that scored 62-points against them last
year. No defensive stats are available for the team.
By Ralph McKechnie
Of the Independent