In a wild finish, the Eagles from Eads snatched victory from Otis on Friday night in their season opener as Fred Turner scored a rushing touchdown with less than a minute left. Led by the senior, (20 carries for 198 yards and 5 touchdowns) the Eagles started their title defense in impressive fashion.
The Eagles now look ahead to Genoa/Hugo this upcoming Friday.
The final team to get in a win in SE Colorado 6-man this weekend, Kit Carson Wildcats, took it to Idalia winning 57-18. No stats were available at press time.
Kit Carson heads to Cheraw this upcoming weekend for a Friday night game. The Wildcats are loaded with senior leaders and nearly every boy in high school is playing as they enjoyed a 22-man roster against Idalia. That depth and experience is going to be key to the Wildcat’s success on the season.
According to rookie head coach Trey Eder, the Eads team struggled against the Otis spread offense. “It took us until two minutes to go in the fourth quarter to find the defensive scheme to stop them,” smiles Eder.
And stop them they did as the pass rushing effort of junior Trevor Randel and senior Rhett Uhland, combined with Turner’s speed from the middle was the key for the Eagles to stop the bleeding. Once they figured it out, it was off to the races for Turner who scored 5 touchdowns on the night.
The scare to the successful start of the season seemed to wake the Eagles from their slumber as they picked it up on both sides of the ball. Only two Eagles, Turner and quarterback Caden Parker, have seen a whole lot of time on the field; luckily, there are a number of key players who have good enough experience that will allow them to improve; and improve quickly.
It was a close contest throughout the night as Eads would get the slight nod, 8-6, after one quarter. The slight edge was contributed by senior Cameron Crow, who has stepped in to take the kicking responsibilities this year. By halftime, Eads was holding onto a thread, 14-12. But, it was the third quarter that put Eads on their heels as Otis’ Bryce Miracle would excel in the spread offense and Eads could not find the defensive duo to solve his effectiveness. After three, the state champions found themselves trailing, 26-22.
Otis would put the hurt on Eads early in the fourth quarter as once again, Miracle would score, and all of sudden Eads was down 34-22 with not much time remaining. They had to shift to get the win. First, they adjusted their personnel on the defensive side sending Randel and Uhland after Miracle on every snap. With hot pursuit, Turner was much more effective picking up any loose ends from the middle.
The second thing Eads did was decide to win the game, despite how bad it looked. Turner refused, once again, to lose and would lead Eads to 18 points in the fourth quarter, all coming within the five-minute mark.
Turner and Uhland led the team in all-purpose yardage as the seniors combined in the air and on the ground for nearly all of the team’s 340 yards on the day. Parker would hit Chance Fowler for a 37 yard pass play. Uhland then found Parker on a 38 yard touchdown play.
Defensively for Eads, it would be Turner and Randel who took the team on their capable shoulders. Turner would reel in 15 take downs, 10 were solo; while Randel contributed 14 tackles including 7 solo hits. Fowler would make one interception on the night.
Miracle led all players in all-purpose yards as he went 119 yards passing in the air and 160 yards rushing to earn all but 6 of the Bulldog’s yardage.
Next up Eads will again make a road trip. This time to Genoa-Hugo for a Friday night, September 9, show down. The Pirates lost in a big way at home last Friday night as Stratton/Liberty ran up a high scoring 84-34 victory.
Photo Credit Monica Uhland