The Eads Eagles grabbed a second win at home against the Greeley County, KS (Tribune) Jackrabbits on Friday night. This non-conference contest was a good one to win as the Eagles continue to work out the kinks in order to become a more disciplined team.
Head coach Trey Eder was happy with the overall performance from his team, “We got another good win for the second week in a row. We need to get on a streak to give us confidence and momentum. It was good to execute our game plan. Tribune was a scrappy team, but we took them out of their game being physical and making tackles for losses. Our running game was strong which means our blocking up front was strong. Porter (Spady) and Stockton (Mitchek) put together some good runs on the attack and Bo (Arnold) hit a couple of big passes—the one to Keenan Smith was at a perfect time.”
Although the Eagles managed to make the game look like a rout as they ignited the 45-point running clock mercy rule at the start of the third period, Tribune had some players who battled and, in particular, their passing game at times gave Eads fits causing them to lose assignments and chalk up yardage on two pass interference calls.
Eads scored right away once they got the ball as it required a red zone stop deep in their own territory in order to turn the Jackrabbits on their first possession. On Eads’ first play from scrimmage Porter Spady slipped through a big hole in the line and went 70 yards for the rushing touchdown. His PAT kick was good and with 4:00 minutes left in the first period Tribune had been introduced to the speed of Spady.
The Eagle defense continued to hold tight despite a few hiccups on the pass coverage. Eads got possession of the ball with just a minute left in the first quarter and handed off to sophomore running back Stockton Mitchek who quickly punched it in from a yard out. Again, the kick was good and after one period Eads had the 16-0 lead.
At the start of the second period, the Jackrabbits learned of the speed that Mitchek possessed when Logan Harris was dropped for a loss behind the line of scrimmage and fumbled the ball. Mitchek zoomed by and picked up the fumble taking it 32 yards to the house. The conversion was no good, but Eads built on the lead, 22-0.
Tribune would find they had some success in the air as Eads’ pass coverage was plagued by a couple of interference calls that forced them to be cautious. With 6:43 left in the first half Harris would score on a short touchdown pass from Villalobos. The conversion run by Isaac Schneider was good leaving the score at 22-7.
Mitchek struck again on Eads’ next possession as the sophomore carried the ball for a 40-yard touchdown run. The Spady kick was also good getting a good cushion for Eads, 30-7, with 6:14 left.
Eads scored twice more in the second quarter first on a nice pass play from Arnold to Smith from 40 yards out, and then on a Spady 60-yard rushing touchdown. At halftime the Eagles led the Jackrabbits, 44-7.
The 45-point mercy clock was turned on with just a minute off the scoreboard of the third period when Mitchek scampered for a 37-yard touchdown run and the Spady kick was good leaving the score at 52-7.
For the rest of the game—the entire second half with the running clock—Eder would use his young guys giving them some good experience against the varsity Tribune group. By the end of the third quarter Tribune had managed to score when Schneider broke away for a 20-yard run. Then in the fourth quarter Lincoln Schafer punched one in from a yard out leaving the final score at 52-21.
Despite the fact that Tribune had nearly double the number of plays that Eads had, the Eagles overwhelmed them offensively by racking up 330 offensive yards. The Eagles dominated the ground game with 286 yards to Greeley County’s 138 rushing yards.
Arnold led the Eagles from the air completing 2-for-4 attempts for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Spady led on the ground churning out 151 yards in 8 carries and 2 touchdowns.
Mitchek carried 7 times for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns. The sophomore also picked up a fumble and scored a third touchdown.
Freshman Shaine Winder had four carries for 10 yards.
Smith caught two passes for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, Arnold had a massive game for Eads with 15 tackles. Spady had 9 tackles and Smith added 5.
Eder knows his Eagles need to work hard in practice this week in order to get a key win over Kit Carson during the Wildcats’ Homecoming festivities on Friday night, “We still need to clean up some things and correct some undisciplined situations. We missed some blocking assignments and had too many penalties. We are progressing and getting better each week. We’re looking forward to improving. Next week is a big rivalry game with Kit Carson and a must win game for us because it’s the first conference game for both teams. We have to win this game to keep the season going.”
The Wildcats got their first win of the season with a 62-8 victory over non-conference Peetz on Saturday.