The second home game was called a “nail-biter” by their head coach Jacob Schauffler, and it is doubtful that anyone in attendance would disagree with this description. On Friday, Sept. 9, the Eagles defeated the Lancers of Churchill High School by a score of 21-20 in overtime.
Both teams made touchdowns during overtime. It was Eagle Point’s successful kick and Churchill’s failed conversion that made the difference on the scoreboard.
Churchill had good forward momentum early in the game and ran in the only touchdown of the first half. But, the third and forth quarters saw the Eagles getting more physical on the field, tackling several times for losses and putting together longer offensive drives. Some powerful blocking contributed to Eagle Point’s success with kickoff and punt returns. Seth Arena and Johnny Wilkerson each returned kickoffs for 28 yards and 31 yards, respectively. Garrett Snow returned punts for a combined 46 yards.
“We wore them down in the second half,” coach Schauffler said. Schauffler also cited the conditioning of his athletes as one of the biggest factors that lead to victory for the Eagles. The Eagles had been practicing in our southern Oregon heat and that made a difference with the temperature hovering at the 95 degree mark at kickoff.
Jorge Quintero put on an admirable performance as quarterback for the evening. Quintero rushed 42 yards in 5 attempts and passed for 107 yards throughout the game. More than once he displayed quick thinking and fast footwork to avoid would-be tacklers in the backfield. Quintero threw touchdown passes to Kyle Zerger and Jakob Combs, (both from more than 20 yards out), as well as throwing the conversion to Donald Everett after Garrett Snow’s touchdown in the fourth quarter. As a sophomore, this was only Quintero’s second game at the varsity level.
Coach Schauffler also expressed his pride in the large number of underclassmen who stepped up from the JV team to play at varsity for this game. “They made some plays,” he said.
The Eagles travel to Willamette this Friday. Willamette and Marisr are each 2-0.. Eagle Point is tied for 2nd place in the Midwestern League with Ashland, Marshfield and Churchill.
By Michael Stephens
for the Independent