Monsters Open up 2007 Campaign
Albuquerque, NM --
The semi-pro New Mexico Crush should have presented a much tougher challenge for Eastern Arizona College than the Globe-Miami Sting did last season. The Gila Monsters, however, dominated the 15-0 Crush all day and came away with a 36-7 victory in Albuquerque. The EAC defense pitched a shutout until late in the fourth quarter, when Crush running back Dwayne Davis broke the plane of the goal line for a 5-yard score.
The Monsters (1-0, 0-0) got on the board early in the first quarter when Doug Holmes, a sophomore kicker from Safford, drilled a 28-yard field goal. The game rules were slightly different than usual because a running clock was used for the entire contest, but the Monsters had plenty of time to put more points on the board. Running back Mike Smith scored the first touchdown for EAC when he ran in from 4 yards to put the Monsters up 10-0 in the first quarter.
The defense also dented the scoreboard in the first when linebacker Dan Foster scooped up a fumble and returned it 18 yards for a score. Holmes missed the extra point, and EAC led 16-0 after one quarter.
In the second quarter, quarterback Stanford Leti connected on a 65-yard reception with Tony Reid to set up another Smith rushing touchdown. Later in the second quarter, Smith broke free for an 80-yard score to give the Monsters a 30-0 lead. Running back Darious Jackson tacked on a 15-yard touchdown run in the second half for the last Eastern points on the day.
Smith finished with 12 carries for 158 yards and three touchdowns. The Monsters gained 501 total yards (416 rushing and 85 passing), and the Crush was held to 133 total yards.
Story written by Brian Wright
Eastern Arizona Courier Sports