In their first game of the 2014 season, the Salt River High School Eagles varsity football team hosted the Patriots from James Madison Preparatory of Tempe. The Eagles defeated the Patriots 6-0, marking the first win in their new conference, the Division 1 conference of the Canyon Athletic Association.
The Eagles looked confident in their rushing game, totaling 180 yards on the ground for the night. The Eagles’ rushing attack was led by sophomore Jeffery Schurz, who averaged 7.9 yards on 10 carries. Schurz went on to score the only touchdown of the night early in the first half. Senior Isaiah Manuel averaged 4.7 yards per carry, eating up 66 yards on 14 carries.
On the other side of the ball, the Eagles defense was led by freshman Emilio Garcia with three solo tackles and two assisting tackles. Manuel and fellow senior Josh Goodwin both tallied two solo tackles and four assisting tackles. The Eagles defense caused one fumble, recovered two fumbles and found the quarterback twice in the backfield, resulting in two sacks.
Both sides of the ball looked good for the Eagles on their season opener, but they have a lot of work ahead of them if they wish to have a seat in the playoffs. Being unable to find the end zone and not converting on the third or fourth down indicate that they will have trouble keeping up with conference opponents like Skyline and Desert Pointe, who are averaging 42 to 44 points per game. Another factor the Eagles will work on is their penalties. They had seven, which resulted in 50 yards lost and a player being suspended.
“It was our first shut out at Salt River since the 2007 season. The coaches and players were happy and we had really gutty performances from players who were tired and hurting but finished the game strong. Overall it was a great team win for us. The fans were alive and into the game so it made for a great environment,” said head coach Brandon Tauscher about their win.
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