In a true team effort, the Joseph Eagles gridiron squad faced their toughest battle of the year and came out victorious, 27-16, in a Friday, Oct. 5 battle versus South Wasco County. Both teams entered the game undefeated.
While Joseph commanded the game, which included more than one touchdown getting called back due to penalties, the scrappy Redsides managed to get their ducks in a row enough to keep the contest interesting. The Redsides are the first team to keep Joseph from scoring 60 or more points all season.
“It was out toughest and best game of the season so far,” Coach Duncan Christman said. “It was a big moment for a lot of our seniors to dig in and get everyone through it.”
Offensively, the Eagles racked up 209 yards on 41 rushes for two touchdowns. The team added five completed passes in 15 attempts for 62 additional yards and a touchdown. The team was 1-for-1 on extra-point kicks. Justin Rogers had 22 rushes for 84 yards and a TD while Tyler Homan celebrated his return from a concussion with 130 yards on 16 rushes and a score. Homan had two additional touchdowns called back on holding penalties.
TJ Grote had three receptions for 33 yards and a TD, as well as an extra point and a fumble recovery. Coach Christman also said the team credited Grote for playing a major role in saving the game after deflecting a possible touchdown pass while playing defense in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, Homan knocked out seven tackles while Kade Kilgore collared eight tackles and returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown.
“That was also a key thing for us,” Coach Christman said.
Carson Littlepage, a junior transfer, also contributed eight tackles while junior Guylen Snyder took six Redsides to the turf.
Christman also noted the fan support of the squad, which he said contributes to the team’s success. He said he hoped to see a crowd for the Eagles’ clash with Harper Carter School on Eagle turf this Friday at 6 p.m. Both teams are once again undefeated and ranked by the Maxpreps website as first and second in the state. The site puts the Eagles in the top slot.
“It should be a pretty big one,” Christman said.