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No. 15 Gila Monsters Score Early and Often to Defeat NMMI

THATCHER – It took No. 15 EAC just 20 seconds to get on the scoreboard. New Mexico Military running back Anthony Williams fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and the Gila Monsters’ Shawn Samuel picked up the ball and scampered 32 yards for the opening touchdown en route to a 42-27 victory Saturday night at John Mickelson Stadium.

Not only did EAC’s defensive unit score the first touchdown, it also shut down the No. 1 offensive unit in the Western States Football League. The Broncos were held to 283 yards of offense, which is more than 100 yards below their average output.

We like to think that we’re the No. 1 defense (in the league),” Gila Monster head coach John O’Mera said. “On paper, it was a heck of a battle. “It was nice set the tone right away with a hard hit and a scoop and score.”

New Mexico Military wide receiver Tyrone Hendrix came into the game as one of the best receivers in the WSFL, but EAC had an answer for him.

“Prince Ryans played really well,” O’Mera said. “We matched him up against their top receiver and he did a good job.

“The defensive front seemed to play the whole game in their backfield, too.”

This was illustrated by just 62 yards on the ground for the Broncos.

The Gila Monsters found all of their offense on the ground as they ran for 396 yards, led by running back Chris Long with 173 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. Quarterback Cody vonAppen also ran the ball 13 times in the game for 91 yards and three touchdowns.

“The offense probably played its best game (of the season),” O’Mera said. “The offensive line was very physical.

“The offense is catching up to the defense. Zero turnovers is key. The team that doesn’t beat itself will most likely win the football game.”

With the victory, EAC improves to 3-2 in the WSFL and 6-2 overall. Next up is a home game against Pima College on Saturday, October 31. Kick-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.