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SRHS Eagles’ Football Season Ends Sooner Than Expected

Salt River Eagles sophomore quarterback, Jacob Schurz, rushes up the field against James Madison Prep. The Eagles couldn't slow down James Madison and fell 43-14 on November 4.

A roller-coaster first quarter was the beginning of the end for the Salt River High School football team and the Eagles’ hopes for a deep playoff run.

James Madison Prep outscored the shorthanded Eagles 29-14 in the first quarter and won 53-14 on November 4 in the Canyon Athletic Association Division I play-in game in Salt River.

The Eagles were without a few key players. Only 12 players dressed due to bad grades, first year coach Kerry Taylor said.

“They all love to play but don’t want to do the work to get there,” Taylor said. “Lack of pride and hunger for success has been a big issue I have seen in these kids since the day I got here. As some kids on the roster stepped up to the challenge, many crumbled and folded up.”

The loss ended a potential dream season after the Eagles started 5-1, which included a 36-12 beating of James Madison Prep to open the season. The Eagles finished the season at 5-4.

The last time Salt River made the playoffs was 2008.

With the win, James Madison Prep earned the No. 4 playoff seed and a game at No. 1 and 7-0 Desert Heights, who shutout Salt River 34-0 on September 23.

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