Monster upset #2 Snow 41-14
Thatcher, AZ --
The 20th-ranked Eastern Arizona Gila Monsters burst onto the field ready to play Saturday as they shocked the fifth-ranked Snow Badgers 41-14. During the opening minute of the game, the Eastern defense laid a big hit on a Badgers runningback and caused him to fumble. Eastern recovered the ball and took over on Snow’s 40-yard line. The Gila Monsters did not hesitate to cash in on their good fortune. Five plays later, Jarvis Bridge jetted past Snow’s coverage and scored on a seven-yard run.
With 4:45 left in the first quarter, the Monsters struck again when Jonquez Sanders scored on a four-yard run. Eastern defense held Snow to a three and out, and with 34 seconds left in the first quarter, Rashon Evans broke free on a 59-yard run to the end zone. At the end of the first quarter, the Monsters held a 21-0 lead.
Eastern kept the Badgers scoreless in the first half. With 24 seconds left before halftime, Ker-Sean Wilson threw a long bomb over the middle to Tae Wright, who caught the ball and finished the 92-yard play by dashing into the end zone. The Monsters led 28-0 at halftime.
Early in the second half, Eastern’s offense struggled to find its footing and had trouble gaining positive yards. Good fortune, however, smiled upon the Gila Monsters again. Eastern was in another punting situation when Snow muffed the kick return and the Gila Monsters jumped on the ball. Eastern took over on the Badgers’ 45-yard line. The play reinvigorated the Monsters, and five plays later, Jamal Satchall ran in a three-yard touchdown that gave Eastern a 34-0 lead.
The Badgers finally scored late in the third quarter when the Monsters fumbled deep in their own territory, and Snow returned the fumble for a touchdown.
In the fourth quarter, Rashon Evans scored the final touchdown for Eastern on a six-yard run. The Gila Monsters rested their starters most of the fourth quarter, which allowed Snow to score in the final minute of the game. Eastern won with a final score of 41-14.
Eastern’s defense played phenomenally throughout the game and only allowed Snow one touchdown in the waning seconds of the game. The Monsters recorded nine sacks, forced a turnover and held the Badgers to a three and out on four occasions. The Gila Monsters held Snow to just 107 yards passing and five yards rushing, for 112 total yards.
“We came out, and we were ready to go,” head coach John O’Mera said of the defense.
On offense, the Gila Monsters passed for 87 yards and rushed for 326 yards, for 413 total yards of offense.
The Gila Monsters looked great in all aspects of the game and appear to be rounding into top form just in time to square off against the second-ranked Arizona Western Matadors. Eastern plays Arizona Western in Yuma on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.
Written by Zack Riddle
Eastern Arizona Courier