Eagle Point’s varsity football team christened their brand new AstroTurf field on Friday, Sept. 7th. EPHS athletic director, Bryan Wood, accompanied by players and coaches from the football and soccer programs, held a ribbon cutting for the field. Artificial turf is both safer for the athletes, and requires less maintenance than grass.
The Eagles beat the Summit High School Storm to collect their second win of the year, with a score of 34 – 7.
Something else happened for the second time on friday night. Caleb Ash caught an interception in the first quarter, and ran it— more than half the field— back to the end zone. This repeated Jesse Sattler’s success with the same feat, in last week’s game against Mazama. Also defending on the play was Seth Arena, who tipped the ball away from the Summit receiver and into Ash’s hands.
Eagles’ head coach, Jacob Schauffler, discussed this play as a particular point of pride. “This is the second game in a row we’ve had a pick 6, which is huge,” Schauffler said. “When you’re scoring points on defense, that’s a big deal.”
Incidentally, Sattler grabbed another interception of his own just before halftime.
But, “firsts” are more exciting than “seconds.” As in the very first play of the game, in which Jorge Quintero completed a play-action pass to Carlos Flores for a TD that brought cheers from everyone on the Eagle Point side of the stadium.
“Nobody’s expecting to get scored on the first play of the game,” coach Schauffler said.
Quintero threw 9 completions in 15 attempts for a total 134 passing yards, including two touchdown passes. Flores gained 78 of those yards on 3 receptions, and got the 1 touchdown. Jakob Combs had 2 receptions for 15 yards and 1 touchdown. Bryson Baker went 14 yards on 2 receptions, and scored a conversion.
As a team, the Eagles rushed a total 369 yards. Of those, 185 yards and a conversion came from Arena’s 9 carries; and Combs’s 7 carries gained 109 yards. Arena and Combs each ran for 1 TD. Ash carried the ball 12 times for 53 yards.
Consistent pressure from Dylan Henderson, Kyle Zerger, and Peyton Dole kept the Storm to 263 rushing yards, and only 53 passing yards.
This year’s Eagles are shaping up to be a powerful team. But, they hurt themselves with too many penalties— 10 to be exact, for losses totaling 190 yards. The Eagles will have to tighten up their game play if they want to beat the Lancers. Eagle Point football travels to Churchill High School on Friday, Sept. 14th.