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Monsters Smash AZ All-Stars

The Eastern Arizona College blazed by the Arizona All-Stars in its first game of the football season. The Monsters struck quickly when Rashon Evans completed Eastern Arizona’s first drive with a 7-yard touchdown. About halfway through the first quarter, the Monsters faced the biggest threat of the night from the All-Stars. The All-Stars got near enough to the Gila Monster end zone to attempt a touchdown pass, but Josh Edet was there for the Monsters. He picked off the pass and ran 100 yards for Eastern’s second touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Early in the second quarter, Brandon Porter connected a 32-yard field-goal attempt to extend the Monster’s lead to 17-0. With 10:35 to go in the half, Ker-Sean Wilson threw a lateral bullet to Jarvis Bridge, and Bridge raced 13 yards into the end zone. Eastern ended the half with a 24-0 lead.

Less than three minutes into the third quarter, Devontae Glover-Wright completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to recent Safford High School graduate Brandon McEuen. Two minutes later, Jamal Satchal punched in a 10-yard run for a Gila Monster 38-0 lead. Satchal struck again before the quarter ended, running the ball 82 yards for a touchdown.

The Monster’s final touchdown of the night came with 11:38 left in the game. Charlie Savedra scored on a four-yard run to give the Gila Monsters a 52-0 win.

The Gila Monsters controlled the ball most of the night with the defense rarely giving up a first down and only yielding 32 total yards offense to the All-Stars. The Monster secondary grabbed five interceptions and had a fumble recovery during the game, and after the first quarter the All-Stars rarely managed to get the ball into Gila Monster territory.

Eastern’s offense gained 24 yards passing and 411 yards rushing for a total of 435 yards.

Porter was perfect on PAT attempts and hit a 32-yard field goal attempt, only falling short on a long 57-yard attempt. He will be critical to the Monsters’ success once the games become more difficult.

The Monsters used five different quarterbacks throughout the game, but head coach John O’Mera said not to expect to see five quarterbacks again in a game this season. He said Ker-Sean Wilson and Devontae Glover-Wright have separated themselves from the rest of the pack and will continue to compete for playing time.

“It was a great opportunity to evaluate,” head coach John O’Mera said. “We will be able to really pick our starting line-up on Monday and get going in the right direction.”

Eastern Arizona’s next game is a home contest and has been moved to Thursday, Sept. 1, at 6 p.m.

Zach Riddle

Sports Writer

Eastern Arizona Courier