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Sloppy Play Dooms Gila Monsters

THATCHER – A solid first half by the Monsters was wiped out by penalties and give-aways in the second half. Scottsdale defeated Eastern Arizona College, 37-7, Saturday at John Mickelson Field.

Eastern started off the night by taking advantage of a fumble on a punt. Gila Monsters defensive back DeAndre Barnes recovered and, three plays later, Shatavius Lowe ran it in 11 yards out. Nathan Pierpont’s point-after kick was good, and the game was tied, 7-7. Before the half, Scottsdale took the lead off one of many fumbles in the game. EAC’s Silas Jefferson fumbled the ball and Scottsdale’s recovered it on the 26-yard line. Perrales kicked a field goal five plays later to make it 10-7.

The wheels fell off in the second half. Gila Monsters’ quarterback Ryheem Dixon was knocked out of the game with what is believed to be a minor concussion. He’s questionable for their next game. EAC also lost a key component on defense when Marcus Gaddy was hit with a pair of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and ejected from the game. Gaddy is the Monsters’ leading tackler.

From there it was penalties stalling EAC drives or fumbles giving the ball to Scottsdale that allowed the game to get away. “We just dropped the football tonight,” EAC head coach John O'Mera said. “Then we got rattled in the second half of the game. Our defense played good again, but it’s a game of composure, and we lost it in the second half. That's my fault.”

For Eastern, Tim Cook had 11 carries for 53 yards; Dixon had 10 carries for 40 yards and two fumbles; Lowe had eight carries for 30 yards, a catch for 12 yards and a touchdown, and Silas Jefferson had six carries for 9 yards.

For Scottsdale, Summers had 13 carries for 107 yards, Weh-Weh had six carries for 26 yards and a touchdown, Davis had three carries for 20 yards and a touchdown, and Thaddeus Thompson had four catches for 40 yards.

Eastern slips to 3-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play. It travels to Phoenix on Oct. 4 to take on the Bears (0-5).

Story written by Jay David Murphy, Sports Editor

Eastern Arizona Courier