Eagle Point’s Garrett Davis looks for extra yards after intercepting a pass in the first quarter of Friday’s game against Madison.

Eagles wear down Madison

EAGLE POINT — By this time, it's little secret who Eagle Point turns to when needing a big play.

Time and time again, all-state wide receiver Garrett Davis has been the Eagles' difference maker, and he was again Friday night at Eagle Stadium against Madison.

Davis, a senior, caught nine passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns and had another touchdown on the ground. He also intercepted a pass on the opening series of the game in Eagle Point's 48-30 victory.

"He's just a phenomenal athlete," said Eagle Point coach Jacob Schauffler. "He's the hardest working kid I've ever coached."

Davis and junior quarterback Austin Marlia helped turn a back-and-forth game in the first half into an Eagle Point rout, ending the Eagles' two-game losing streak.

Marlia connected on 14 of 17 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 106 yards on 16 carries and two touchdowns.

Eagle Point (2-2) led 28-22 at the break but wore down Madison in the second half, controlling the ball with an 11-minute drive to open the half followed by a nearly five-minute drive that gave the Eagles a two-score lead.

Madison (1-3) moved the ball effectively on the ground but was hurt by a costly illegal procedure penalty that negated what would have been the go-ahead score on a 78-yard pass on the Senators' first possession of the second half.

Madison fumbled on its next drive and, at that point, its tired defense was no match for Eagle Point's attack.

"They had a good offensive scheme," Madison coach Ken Duilio said. "They kept us off balance. We had a lot of missed assignments because they ran so many formations. Their coaches had a great game plan.

"In the second half, we tried to do something completely different on defense but they just wore us down. We had a lot of breakdowns, a lot of mental mistakes. They just whipped our butts."

Said Schauffler: "Our game plan going in was to be physical and play physical defense. Our opinion down here is that teams from Portland, when you hit them hard, they fold. That's what we told our kids all week."

Eagle Point finally broke through on the first play of the fourth quarter. Still leading 28-22, Marlia found Davis for his second receiving touchdown on a quick strike over the middle. Davis broke a tackle and scored easily to put Eagle Point up 35-22.

"It's easy for me to be a quarterback when you've got a guy who can run a good route and get himself open," Marlia said of Davis.

Behind senior running back Keenan Caples, Madison drove deep into Eagle Point territory but backup quarterback Joe Smoot fumbled inside the 5.

Eagle Point marched down the field again and Marlia found a wide-open Davis for another 23-yard touchdown off play action on fourth-and-five to give the Eagles a 41-22 advantage following a missed extra point.

The key play on the drive was Anthony Jose's 28-yard run on a fake punt deep in Eagle Point territory.

Madison added a meaningless touchdown with 12.8 seconds remaining in the contest on Smoot's 9-yard keeper and Eagle Point answered right back when Steven Josephson alertly scooped up a failed onside kick for a 44-yard touchdown with 7.9 seconds to play to cap the scoring.

"This is huge," Davis said of the win. "We were talking about this all week that this was a pivotal game and that we had to get this one."

Eagle Point outgained Madison 480 yards to 290. Caples had 135 yards rushing on 19 carries for Madison, but 110 of those came in the first two quarters.

Boosting the Eagle Point attack was Jose, who had 106 yards rushing on 18 carries.

Neither team could capture much momentum in the first half. Eagle Point took the early lead when Marlia rushed 18 yards through the Madison defense on the Eagles' first offensive play after Davis' interception.

Madison answered back with an eight-play, 76-yard drive capped by Jacob Duilio's 15-yard run. The two-point conversion gave Madison an 8-6 lead. Caples had 37 yards rushing on the drive.

Madison added to its lead, again with a steady dose of Caples. He gained 58 yards on the ground and quarterback Steven Littleton found Robbie Bassen for a 5-yard touchdown pass and catch. The extra point failed and the Senators led 14-6 early in the second quarter.

The Eagles scored two plays later to tie it when Marlia found Davis for a 64-yard touchdown and Eagle Point retook the lead by utilizing a no-huddle offense that produced a 12-play, 66-yard drive capped by Davis' 5-yard end-around.

The extra point gave Eagle Point a 21-14 lead but Madison's Andre Dickson responded by returning the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a score. The two-point conversion gave Madison a 22-21 lead.

Marlia sparked the final scoring drive of the exciting first half by completing all four of his passes for 62 yards and rushing the final 8 for a touchdown.

The game wasn't so even in the second half.

"We came in thinking they are very undisciplined and lazy at some points in the game," Marlia said. "We attacked those points."

Reach reporter Luke Andrews at 776-4469, or e-mail

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