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Monsters Beat Scottsdale


The saying goes, "what goes around comes around," and the EAC gridiron squad found that out Saturday. After losing by one point to Mesa Community College last week, EAC topped the Scottsdale Artichokes (SCC) by one point, 29-28, on the road.

"Last week was kind of a heartbreaker," EAC linebacker John Woodward said, "and we practiced hard this week so that wouldn't happen again." Eastern (5-4, 4-4) got rolling quickly when Sergio Velasco nailed a 44-yard field goal with only 50 seconds ticking off the clock. Less than 30 seconds later, EAC was up 10-0 after Terrel Landrum blocked an Artichoke punt, picked it up and ran the pigskin in for a score. SCC answered back with a 94-yard kickoff return by Jeremy Tucker, and the score was 10-6 for EAC after Scottsdale's extra point was no good. Lester Graham upped Eastern's advantage to 17-6 on a 5-yard TD run. In the second quarter, with the score 17-14 for EAC, the Monsters couldn't convert inside the red zone, and Scottsdale scored with 50 seconds left in the half to take a 21-17 lead.

Eastern defensive lineman Jeff Smith blocked a punt on Scottsdale's second possession of the half and gave the Monsters a 23-21 lead when he ran the ball back for six points. The ensuing kickoff was fumbled by Scottsdale, and Eastern fell on the ball, but the Monsters elected to go for it on fourth down after the recovery and fumbled, turning the ball over to SCC. The special team play didn't get any better when Scottsdale's field goal attempt was botched by the holder, and EAC recovered. Scottsdale quarterback Lance Patanai scored on a 15-yard draw play to give the 'Chokes a 28-23 lead with 8:31 left in the game. Eastern's go-ahead score came after CJ Gardner caught a 38-yard pass from quarterback Gabe Eliserio, which put EAC at the five-yard line. Arthur Weaver punched in the go-ahead score on a five-yard TD run, and EAC led 29-28 with 3:05 remaining. EAC chose to go for a two-point conversion but failed on the attempt. The "Let's go defense!" chant from the EAC fans began, and the Monsters defensive squad answered the call SCC couldn't muster another score. Woodward ended any hopes for Scottsdale when he intercepted a wayward Artichoke pass to end the game.

Game notes Arthur Weaver was EAC's leading rusher with 77 yards. Eastern blocked five Scottsdale punts during the game. Punter Jason Wood had a great game kicking the ball, averaging nearly 42 yards per kick on six attempts. Quarterback Gabe Eliserio is the Monsters' season-leading rusher with 482 yards. EAC's last game of the year is Saturday against Phoenix College at John T. Mickelson Stadium. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

Andy Hansen, Sports Editor

Eastern Arizona Courier