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Monsters Defeat Aztecs

TUCSON — After a disappointing season-opening loss to Glendale, the Eastern Arizona College football team regrouped to defeat Pima on the road Aug. 30, 21-7. After a paltry 230 yards rushing against Glendale, EAC came back with 336 yards rushing against Pima. And EAC improved on 7 yards passing against Glendale to 59 against Pima.

The Eastern offensive line did its job, helping the skill positions average 5.9 yards per play. Meanwhile the EAC defense limited Pima to an average of 3 yards per play. Ryheem Dixon, EAC quarterback, went two-for-six passing for 50 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown went to Hunter Udall for 40 yards and his only catch of the evening.

The Monsters posted 60 rushing attempts for 5.6 yards a carry against Pima’s 32 attempts averaging 3.4 yards. Tim Cook led the Monsters' rushing attack with 17 attempts for 92 yards and one touchdown. He was followed by Shatavius Lowe with eight carries for 69 yards, Dixon with 13 carries for 62 yards, Demarcus Nunnaly with eight carries for 60 yards and a touchdown, and Silas Jefferson with 11 carries for 56 yards.

Anthony Thompson led Pima with 22 rushes for 77 yards. Donovan Moore had seven receptions for 30 yards to lead Pima in receiving.

EAC had just five penalties for 75 yards, while Pima had 12 miscues for 130. However, EAC did turn the ball over, losing three fumbles. Pima didn’t turn the ball over. EAC had four sacks and Pima had three.

Pima’s one bright spot was Tanner Fanning, who had six punt returns for a total of 205 yards and a 34.2 average return. He also had two kickoff returns for 117 yards — a 58.5 yard return average. On the defensive side, Cameron Walton and Eddric Williams led EAC with 11 tackles each, followed by David Brown with 10 and Corey Hall with nine.

EAC will be playing an unknown this week at John Mickelson Field in Thatcher at 7 p.m. The Everett College Red Raiders will be in town all the way from Seattle for the nonconference game.

The Gila Monsters (1-1) are currently in fourth place in the WSFL. Arizona Western and Glendale are both 2-0, and Snow is in third at 1-0.

Story written by Jay David Murphy, Sports Editor

Eastern Arizona Courier