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Monsters Dominate Red Raiders

THATCHER — The Gila Monsters played rude hosts the Red Raiders. Eastern Arizona College defeated Everett, Wash., 59-0, at John Mickelson Field Saturday. “He (EAC quarterback Ryheem Dixon) threw the ball well,” Eastern head coach John O’Mera said. “That will be a key to the rest of our season.”

Eastern put its first three scores on the board in the first quarter, the first coming at 9:06 when Silas Jefferson scored from 2-yards out. After a Red Raiders three-and-out, Dixon hooked up with Hunter Udall for a 43-yard touchdown pass. Dixon then followed that with a 29-yard scoring strike to Shatavius Lowe on the next offensive series.

That lead allowed O’Mera to use his bench and the players responded. Detrick Clark, in for Dixon, snapped off a 40-quarterback keeper for a score. And Courtney Heard, also getting time under center, ran it in from 43 yards out. “We got a lot of players on the field tonight,” O’Mera said. “We’ve got 80 people to get out there.”

Eastern showed no let down in the second half, as Heard scored again, this time from 70 yards out. And after an interception by Tajmell Speight, the Monsters’ Brandon Willis ran it in the for the score from two yards out. Demarcus Nunnally scored the final rushing TD for the Monsters, while kicker Nathan Pierpont completed a perfect night with a field goal in the closing minutes.

“They get a lot of Division I (caliber) players,” Everett head coach Tim Dennis said. “We want to play the best competition. We want to play the best to be the best. We had opportunities but didn’t execute.”

Eastern (2-1) is on the road Sept. 13 to face rival Arizona Western (2-1) in Yuma. Arizona Western lost, 24-7, to Snow College Saturday. Game time is at 7 p.m. and can be heard live on KATO radio, 1230 AM.

Story written by Jay David Murphy, Sports Editor

Eastern Arizona Courier