Eagle Point barrels past Marshfield

EAGLE POINT — The Eagle Point football team rolled in to Eagle Stadium in four camouflage military vehicles as AC/DC's Thunderstruck blasted from the speakers that hung above the large crowd.

The Eagles cruised away with a lopsided victory as the school band serenaded them with a sweet song of school spirit.

And in between the music, it wasn't much of a battle at all.

Senior running back Garrett Snow ran for 142 yards and four touchdowns to help propel Eagle Point to a 47-15 win over Marshfield in Midwestern League play.

The Eagles, who roared out to a 26-0 lead, held Marshfield to just nine first downs and 144 total yards, including 37 rushing. Meanwhile, Eagle Point abused the Pirates on the ground, tallying 397 yards with big efforts from Snow (who had 22 carries), junior Jakob Combs (88 yards, 13 carries), sophomore Donald Everett (80 yards, six carries) and senior Daniel Morgan (44 yards, four carries).

Snow's career day included TD runs of 3, 34, 4 and 14 yards.

"It's a good combination, the two of them," EP head coach Jacob Schauffler said. "Garrett is the inside guy, the big guy, and Combs is gonna be your slashing running back. It's a good combination."

Snow deflected the credit to his teammates.

"The line did a good job giving me a push, great cutbacks, I mean they did great," Snow said.

Starting sophomore quarterback Jorge Quintero, who shared time with Morgan at the position on Friday, finished 6-for-14 for 130 yards and a pick.

Morgan's one completion was a 15-yard touchdown pass to Loren Nesberg in the first quarter that gave the Eagles a 14-0 lead. Morgan also had a 12-yard rushing score that put his squad ahead 20-0.

"Daniel has been hurt," Schauffler said, "so they'll continue to split reps until one wins the job outright."

The Eagles' defense was just as ferocious as their offense, and they had just as much vigor early on. Eagle Point senior Zack Reed blocked Marshfield's first punt of the night in the first quarter and senior Tyrone Holmes finished the job, crushing Chase Messerle as he dove for the ball around Marshfield's 18-yard line.

The Eagles (2-2, 2-1 MWL) didn't cash in on that opportunity, but quickly turned around and forced a fumble on the Pirates' next offensive drive. Junior defensive back Brandon Wilson's fumble recovery gave Eagle Point terrific field position and set up Morgan's TD pass three plays later.

"I think jumping out early was good for us," said Schauffler, whose team lost to Willamette 55-22 last Friday. "Last week we came out slow against a good Willamette team, so it was good for us to come out fast and put some points on the board."

Eagle Point kept the pressure on in the second quarter, with Snow breaking off his 34-yard scoring run.

Marshfield quarterback Jason Sweet, who completed 14 of 24 passes for 107 yards, drew his team within 26-15 with a 1-yard touchdown plunge with 21 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

But the Eagles peppered on three more scores in the fourth to slam the door on the Pirates (1-3, 1-2 MWL), including an electric 69-yard scoring sprint by Everett.

"We came out, hit them in the mouth and just kept fighting and it turned out good for us," Snow said.

The win leaves the Eagles with some good vibrations heading into a very tough meeting — a trip to top-ranked and undefeated Marist next Friday.

"This is big just to get the momentum going a little bit," Schauffler said.

Reach reporter Dan Jones at 541-776-4499, or email djones@mailtribune.com

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