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Monsters Come up Short Against Glendale

The Gila Monsters offense seemed stuck in first gear, which proved to be just enough for the Gauchos. Glendale defeated Eastern Arizona College, 13-10, at the EAC homecoming game Saturday at John T. Mickelson Field. I made some bad calls,” EAC head John O’Mera said. “We had too many chances in the red zone to not score. But the kids played hard all night.” Those chances were courtesy of the EAC defense. The Monsters recovered two fumbles and two interceptions, all four times giving the offense a short field to work. But EAC was only able to generate 3 points off the turnovers, thanks to a Tylan Tullock field goal.

The EAC offense did get into the red zone a number of times but stalled when the Glendale defense stiffened or EAC turned the ball over. “We did some good things in between the 20s,” O’Mera said. “We just did not capitalize.”

The only successful drive for EAC came in the first quarter. Starting on the Gaucho’s 7-yard line, the Monsters marched down the field behind running backs Nehemiah Coward and Rudy Verdugo and quarterback Ker Sean Wilson. With 4:07 left in the quarter, a bad handoff exchange hit the turf but Coward picked it up and ran it in from 10 yards out to score. Tullock’s extra-point tied the game at 7-7.

Glendale scored first, a 24-yard touchdown pass to Cody Zimmerman at 7:29 in the first quarter.

The final score of the night for both teams came with 6:07 to go in the third quarter, when Gauchos quarterback Travis Eman hit a wide-open Jesse Tate with a 65-yard scoring strike. The extra point went wide, leaving the final 13-10.

“We are both better teams than we were tonight,” said Mickey Bell, Glendale head coach. “It’s always a tough game, and it's always a battle.” O’Mera praised the play of O’Kenno Loyal, Tim Cook and Silas Jefferson. But added, “It does not get easier” the rest of the season.

EAC (1-3) is on the road next week to face New Mexico Military Institute (1-1).

By Jay David Murphy sportsguy@eacourier.com

Eastern Arizona Courier