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EAC Football Ekes Out Tough Road Win, Moves Up in Polls

Glendale – The Gila Monsters dominated just about every statistical category, but came from behind for a dramatic 22-15 victory on the road Saturday night.

With less than a minute remaining, quarterback Cody vonAppen found Wayne Jacobs in a one-on-one situation and Jacobs scampered 63 yards, the last 10 dragging a defender into the end zone, for the winning score.

“We put our strong formation on the short side of the field,” head coach John O’Mera said, explaining the decisive play. “We put Jacobs on the open side and hoped they would be in man-to-man (defense). The offensive line did a great job protecting vonAppen and giving him time to throw.”

Eastern Arizona out rushed the Gauchos 307 to 30 and out passed its opponent for the first time this season, 107-100. Glendale, however, found a way to lead the game with a minute to go.

Gaucho running back Brad Jackson scored on a 13-yard run and a two-point conversion put the home team up 15-12. The Gila Monsters followed with a safety to draw within one point, 15-14. With under a minute remaining in the game, they got the ball back on their own 37 yard line to set up the final play.

The win is the first for Eastern Arizona at Glendale since 1997 and the first for O’Mera in his 13-year coaching career.

“They are a powerhouse program,” O’Mera said. “It’s always tough to play there.”

Gila Monster quarterback vonAppen started the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. His defense and special teams accounted for seven of the team’s 22 points, as Glen Stanley and Christo Bilukidi each recorded a safety. Kicker James Carew also tacked on a 22-yard field goal.

Running back Melvin Loving led the way with 95 yards on 18 carries and vonAppen finished 3-for-6 through the air for 98 yards.

With the win, EAC moves up to No. 8 in the national poll and hosts New Mexico Prep Saturday, September 26 at 6 p.m. at John Mickelson Stadium.