An apology goes out to the Upper Rogue Blue Eagles Junior Pee Wee football team, who were incorrectly listed as “Junior Midget” in the Oct. 9 issue of the Independent.
With their most recent win over the Grants Pass Cowboys on Oct. 13, the Junior Pee Wee Blue Eagles still maintain a perfect record of 5 wins, 0 losses, as they look toward the end of the season and the playoffs. The Blue Eagles beat the Cowboys by a 12 – 7 score.
Grants Pass put the first points on the board, with a touchdown and an extra point conversion in the first quarter. Head coach, Don Marsh, explained this is the first come-from-behind victory of the season for the Blue Eagles.
“It was a battle today, for sure,” coach Marsh said. “I was proud of the kids. They kept their heads up.”
The Blue Eagles began their comeback in an exciting series at the end of the first half. From midfield, Hunter Silvey ran 20 yards for a first down, which put the Blue Eagles inside the Cowboy’s 30 yard line. After a penalty, and some positive yards contributed by Lucas Meerten and Matthew McPheeters, Devin Bradd ran another 20 yards to put the Blue Eagles at first and goal on the 2 yard line. They spiked on two downs to keep the clock from running out. Then another penalty set the Blue Eagles back five yards.
But, on fourth and seven with half a second left, Bradd ran the seven yards for a touchdown as time expired. The extra point was no good, but the Blue Eagles were on their way. Bradd also scored the other Blue Eagles’ in the fourth quarter.
Bradd, Silvey, and Meerten racked up a collective 188 rushing yards during the game. Coach Marsh talked proudly about these young players, but also gave due credit to his offensive line. “It was a physical team we played. And our line, they did well making the blocks,” coach Marsh said.
The other big moment of the game happened at the end of the fourth quarter, when the Blue Eagles were forced to punt in their own territory. It appeared the Cowboys might take the game away by one point. But, they fumbled, and Kai Hansen was there to recover it for the Blue Eagles.
“That was basically the game right there,” coach Marsh said. “That was their last opportunity to get on the board.”
The Blue Eagles go on the road for their next matchup against the Medford White Tornado on Saturday, Oct. 20. If they keep playing this way, we should see them in the state championship at Autzen Stadium.