On Friday, Aug. 31st, Eagle Point’s varsity football team opened their season with an impressive win over visiting Mazama High School. The game was hosted at Crater High School’s Dutch Meyer Stadium because the new EPHS turf is still under construction. Final score was a decisive 44 – 6, for the Eagles.
The Eagles jumped ahead to a twenty-two point lead in the first quarter, with Jesse Sattler scoring the first touchdown on an interception in the early minutes. Starting running back, Jakob Combs scored another TD, followed by six more points from Caleb Ash, all in the first quarter. Conversions from Ash and Bryson Baker, combined with a safety and another touchdown from Combs, brought the Eagles to a 32 – nothing lead at halftime.
Some penalties and a few fumbles slowed the Eagles’ scoring at the beginning of the second half. But, Combs, along with Seth Arena, still contributed lots of yardage on kickoff and punt returns. On fourth and goal in the third quarter, Combs ran in his third touchdown of the night. Arena went fifty yards early in the final quarter for the last Eagles TD of the game.
A week prior to facing Mazama, Eagles’ head coach Jacob Schauffler described the Combs/Arena duo as “tandem, one-two type guys,” and called them “two of the better running backs we’ve had.”
Combs and Arena had 14 carries apiece, in which Arena rushed 79 yards and Combs rushed a total 129 yards. Combs also got 53 passing yards on 3 completions.
Jorge Quintero started at quarterback and played until partway through the third quarter, when James Dixon was sent in to lead the offense for most of the remaining second half. Dixon made 4 completions in 7 attempts, including once to Combs for 23 yards in the third quarter. Quintero was good for 7 completions in 13 tries. Nate Brammer stepped into the QB spot for the Eagles’ final drive of the game. Here, Brammer was able to secure a first down, but did not score before the clock ran out.
Mazama scored their only touchdown midway through the fourth quarter. This cancelled the possibility of a shut-out victory for the Eagles, but coach Schauffler was unconcerned by that particular loss. “We turned the ball over inside the twenty on offense,” Schauffler explained. “And they scored one touchdown against our JV defense.”
The Eagles will get some stiffer competition in their next opponent, Summit High School, on Friday, Sept. 7th. Coach Schauffler anticipates a strong running game from Summit. So, “just like we did tonight, we’ve got to run as a team and tackle as a team,” Schauffler said. This game will be the first ever on the Eagles’ brand new field at the EPHS stadium. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.