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Shook, Rattled and Rolled

October 20th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Damn that Eagles team is good… real good. Well folks, it wasn’t pretty at first as the Eagles found themselves behind in a game for the first time in several weeks early in the first quarter. Bent but not broken, the Eagles (6-1) stormed back with 19 unanswered points to beat a tough Rattlers (4-3) squad 19-6.

The Rattlers came out and took the opening drive down the field and punched it in for a score. The Eagles were making plays and playing decent defense, but the Rattlers found a way to convert 3rd and 4th down opportunities to keep their drive alive. The Eagles defense stiffened to hold the Rattlers out of the endzone on the extra point try.

It looked like it could be a long day as the Rattlers stuffed the Eagles first two run attempts on their opening drive. On third and long, QB Reed Erwin and Tailback Dakota Neer fumbled their exchange and the ball rolled a few yards backward. Neer scooped up the ball and sprinted for the far sideline racing the pursuing defenders to the corner. The fleet footed tailback won the footrace as he deeked and ducked Rattler defenders on his way to an improbable 50 yard scamper. Walker Pattyson moved the pile and earned the extra point to reclaim the lead 7-6.

The Rattlers threatened to score toward the end of the second quarter, but the Eagles rough and ready defense stiffened and held the Rattlers on 4th and goal. The Eagles took possession and ran just one play as the first half came to a close.

The Eagles were on the receiving end of the second half kickoff and looked to extend their lead. They did just that. On a third down play, the Eagles Walker Pattyson threw a dart to a streaking Dakota Neer who took it the distance on a perfectly executed pass play. The Eagles extra point attempt fell a yard short, but the momentum was clearly tilted toward the Eagles as they extended their lead to 13-6.

On the next possession the Eagles defense simply stuffed the Rattlers to regain possession for the Eagles vaunted “O”. The defensive line did a great job penetrating the backfield today and Coach Romel did a fantastic job adjusting the contain responsibilities at halftime. The outside linebackers and defensive ends played with great poise as they maintained their assignments and forced the talented Rattler running backs back into the teeth of the Eagles defense. Great, great job boys! You all deserve a game ball for your effort in the second half.

Ok, so back to the storyline… although the Eagles were asserting themselves on defense, the Eagles clearly needed some insurance and Bradley “the Broker” Beaver delivered. After a methodical Eagle drive, Beaver took a handoff from Reed Erwin and ran up the gut for the TD. The score extended the Eagles lead to 19-6 as the Eagles fans collectively breathed a sigh of relief.

Let’s be honest folks… this wasn’t an easy game and the games aren’t going to get any easier as we steam ahead toward the playoffs. Next week, the Eagles face the Miners who will likely be fighting for their playoff lives on their home field in Apache Junction. The Eagles will be motivated to make a statement and send a message to the Predators and Rams that they will be tough to contend with in the post-season.

Ok boys… this was a satisfying win, but let’s get after it in practice this week and continue to get better. The post-season is just around the corner and the league championship is there for the taking. Your coaches and faithful fans are mighty proud that your hard work is translating to success on the field. Keep it up and rest your wings this weekend. We’ll fly high again next Saturday!

Tags: Football · Game Summaries

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