On Friday, Sept. 21st, Eagle Point varsity football played such a powerful first half, against the Springfield Millers, it was easy to guess the Eagles were on their way to another smooth win at home. The Eagles commanded a 21 – 7 lead at the end of the first quarter, and were still ahead by a touchdown at halftime.
Ryan Marsh and Bryson Baker kickstarted the Eagles’ momentum early, both tackling for losses on the first three plays of the game. Springfield strung a couple receptions together, and managed to score the first touchdown. But Seth Arena, Caleb Ash, and Jakob Combs ran in the next three TDs for the Eagles. After Springfield was forced to punt at the start of the second quarter, Ash ran again for a sweet 68 yard touchdown.
If they could have maintained this kind of offensive force, the outcome would have been different. As it was, the Eagles went scoreless for the entire second half, which allowed Springfield to slowly take it away. Despite getting inside one yard of the end zone in the third quarter, this game ended in a loss for Eagle Point, by a score of 28 – 37.
“It was just ‘the tale of two different teams,’” Eagles head coach, Jacob Schauffler said. “If we quit making mistakes, we’re as good as anybody.”
Coach Schauffler also commented that his team won the rushing yard battle. Compare the Eagles’ total 300 yards rushing, to the Millers’ 243. Of the Eagles’ 300, Caleb Ash rushed 106 yards in 13 attempts, Seth Arena ran for 75 yards in 7 carries, Jakob Combs went 64 yards in 12 attempts, and Carlos Flores carried the ball 7 times for 49 yards.
Eagles quarterback, Jorge Quintero, threw 3 completions in 11 attempts for a total 60 yards passing. This is where Springfield really outdid Eagle Point.
Millers quarterbacks Trever Watson and Latrell Tinsley threw a combined 192 passing yards with 11 completions, two of which were touchdown passes of more than 40 yards apiece.
On the other side of the ball, Bryson Baker had the best defensive game among the Eagles with 9 tackles, including 3 TFLs. Tristan Watson got 6 tackles, once for a loss. Jonathan Korn had 4 tackles over the evening, and Ryan Marsh had 3 tackles with 1 TFL.
Coach Schauffler said of Marsh, “He’s got a good motor, and he runs. He plays hard all the time.”
Also of note was Kyle Zerger. Although Zerger only got credit for 2 tackles, he was on the ball the whole night. Several times he was responsible for Springfield’s passes going incomplete.
The Eagles remained an offensive threat to the last. On their final drive, with less than four minutes to go, Jesse Sattler caught an impressive 36 yard pass and it looked like the Eagles could get one more touchdown. “I thought that we were going to be able to march down the field and win the game,” coach Schauffler said.
But, the next four downs did not amount to much, and the ball was turned over. The Eagles play on the road at North Eugene High School on Friday, Sept. 28th. Their next home game is on Friday, Oct. 5th with Marist High School.