EAGLES SCREAM PAST CRUSH 64-41 May 8, 2017 19:44:58 GMT -8
Post by Drew Galyardt on May 8, 2017 19:44:58 GMT -8
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LOVELAND, CO- The Screaming Eagles soared past the Crush on Monday evening, 64-21 at the Budweiser Events Center.
Salt Lake won the coin toss and deferred to the Crush. Colorado got the drive they wanted, getting a 26 yard touchdown from Lovie Rose III to start the game off. Defense for Colorado looked on top of things early as well, forcing Salt Lake to take a three and out on their first drive and kick the field goal try out of bounds. This is where the tides turned, as the Crush fumbled on their first play off the turnover and Josh Ford of the Screaming Eagles returned it all the way for their first score of the game. After a successful two point conversion, the Eagles led 8-7.
The Crush took the lead just minutes later on a 24 yard field goal, but Verlon Reed took the last moments of the first quarter in his own hands, rushing for 30 yards and capping it with a touchdown to end the first quarter 15-10 in favor of Salt Lake.
The second quarter was all Eagles. After a missed field goal by Spencer Groner of the Crush, Sale Lake marched all the way down the field, with a little help from an unsportsmanlike conduct call on Colorado which made it first down on the 8 yard line. Just a few plays later, the Screaming Eagles found themselves in the back of the end zone after a one yard touchdown run by Delric Ellington. After another fake extra point converted, Salt Lake found themselves up 23-10.
Goldrich gave some life back to the Crush, throwing an eight yard touchdown pass to his usual target, Kyle Kaiser. After a successful extra point, the Crush trailed only by 6, 23-17. The ensuing kickoff was returned 48 yards for a touchdown by Chris Robinson and it was all downhill from there for Colorado. After a missed extra point, the score was 29-17.
The following kickoff was a surprise onside by Salt Lake, and it certainly surprised Colorado. After the recovery, Reed found #84 Devin Mahina on a straight slant down the left side for a 42 yard touchdown. A squib kick found its way back into Eagle hands, and the Screaming Eagles kicked a field goal to end the half up 42-17.
The Eagles showed no signs of slowing down after halftime, using the opening kickoff to eat up 9 minutes of the third quarter on their first drive. After a field goal to end that drive, Salt Lake took a commanding 45-17 lead. Colorado took the ball over but not without some controversy. After a Kaiser drop in the end zone on third down, a quick slant was called down one yard short of the first down. While it was upheld on the field, there was some disagreement from Colorado, and the Crush took their frustration out on Salt Lake, forcing a three and out. Goodrich tossed a 30 yard bomb to Chris Gant and after a successful two point conversion, the Crush narrowed the score to three possessions, 45-25.
The fourth quarter got no better for Colorado after a four yard touchdown run from Verlon Reed. After a failed extra point, Salt Lake increased their lead to 51-25. Colorado struck back after another touchdown pass to Gant and a successful conversion making it 51-33. Salt Lake chewed the clock from there for the last seven minutes, ending with a touchdown pass to Chris Robinson with :55 seconds left in the game, extending the lead for the Screaming Eagles 58-33. An interception by Goldrich with :40 seconds left and a subsequent touchdown from Jesse Scroggins more than sealed the victory for Salt Lake, even after Daniel Lindsay returned the next kickoff back for a touchdown. Too little, too late for the Crush however, as the clock hit zero, making the final score 64-41.
Colorado crashed and crumbled, but couldn’t Crush the Eagles. These two FANchise teams face off for the final time this Friday. That game is at 7:00 p.m. MDT.
Sean Goldrich 12-19, 144 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Lovie Rose III 6 rec, 75 yds, 1 TD
Chris Gant 3 rec, 52 yds, 2 TD
Verlon Reed 18-25, 159 yds, 2 passing TD, 1 INT
Verlon Reed, 80 rushing yds, 2 TD
Devin Mahina 6 rec, 67 yds, 2 TD
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