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Eastern Hosts Scottsdale in Key WSFL Match-up

THATCHER — It seems like every game is the biggest game of the year for the Gila Monsters. Eastern Arizona College will host Scottsdale tonight at 7 p.m., at John T. Mickelson Field, with a chance to move into fourth place in the WSFL.

The Monsters are sitting at 2-2 in conference and 3-2 overall, in fifth place in the Western States Football League. The top four teams make the playoffs at the end of the season. Scottsdale is 3-1 overall and in conference, second in the WSFL behind 4-1 Arizona Western and tied with Snow College. Glendale is 3-2 in fourth courtesy of their opening season win over EAC.

Last Saturday, the Scottsdale Artichokes delivered a death blow to New Mexico Military Institute, defeating NMMI, 62-16. Scottsdale running back Za'Quan Summers, playing mostly in the first half, had six rushes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. He also had three catches for 27 yards and another score. Scottsdale linebacker Ryan Henderson, also playing just half of football, had eight tackles — six solo — with four tackles for a loss, one sack, two fumble recoveries (one for 42 yards and a touchdown), an interception, two passes broken up and a quarterback hurry.

For the Eastern offense last week against Mesa, Silas Jefferson rushed for 111 yards on 11 carries, Tim Cook ran for 110 yards on 18 carries, Ryheem Dixon rushed 86 yards on 16 rushes and Demarcus Nunnally ran for 75 yards rushing on 10 carries. Cook had two touchdowns and Dixon had one. For the Eastern defense, Marcus Gaddy had 14 tackles — nine solo — two sacks and caused a fumble that Cameron Walton returned for a touchdown. Walton had 10 total tackles and David Brown had nine.

Nathan Pierpont continues to be on point with his kicking for the Monsters, going one-for-one in field goals and four-for-four in extra point kicks. Eastern had a total of 410 rushing yards on 68 attempts but only nine yards passing with one interception.

Scottsdale had 632 yards total offense against NMMI with 446 yards passing and 186 yards rushing. Artichoke quarterback Michael Sanders was 23 of 37 passing for 410 yards passing and five touchdowns. Receiver Callen Hightower caught three balls for 92 yards and two scores, Hiram Velez had two catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, Thadeous Thompson caught five balls for 54 yards and a touchdown and six other receivers caught passes.

Eastern will be on the road for two weeks. On Oct. 4, EAC travels to Phoenix and on Oct. 11, they will travel to Snow.

Story written by Jay David Murphy, Sports Editor

Eastern Arizona Courier