Football Runs Into Irish Powerhouse; Season Ends In Eugene

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The Eagles ended the season with a face-off against Sheldon last Friday.

The Eagles ended the season with a face-off against Sheldon last Friday.

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The Eagles ended the season with a face-off against Sheldon last Friday.

Jessica Villalobos, Staff Writer and Editor

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The Eagles’ season ended last Friday at the hands of the Sheldon Irish in the first round of the playoffs.  The 42-6 loss left the team with a 4-6 overall record.

“I am really proud of how we played. We weren’t expected to win, but expected to play hard, and we did,” said Head Coach Butch Self.

The Eagles were close early.  The first quarter ended with Sheldon up only 7-6, and the 28-6 half time score was still respectable.   

“We moved the ball around. We had an offensive line they weren’t used to,” said Self.

“They scored really late into the game, but they were by far the best team we saw all year,” said Self.

Self predicts Sheldon will win the state title considering it is ranked #3. Sheldon currently has an 8-2 overall record.

“This is a really good football team, they have at least dozen players signed to D1 colleges next year,” said Self.

Coach Self said he was pleased with his first year of coaching the Eagles and is preparing for another one.

“I’m excited. I love this team; this has been the best 6 months of my life in a long time.”

Players will have a week off before they start weight training, “They’re ready and pumped to continue this momentum,” said Self.

The Eagles doubled their win total from last season. “We hope to add a couple more games next season,” said Self.

Here’s how the Eagles fared in the MHC end-of-season awards:

 

Jimmy Barton, 2nd team RB and Honorable Mention kick returner

Alex Ibarra, 2nd team TE

Robeson Abraham, 1st team offensive line and 2nd team defensive line

T. Michael Proehl, 2nd team center and Honorable Mention defensive line

Cyrus Boatman, 1st team linebacker

Nick Garcia, Honorable Mention RB

 

Season statistics include:

Garcia –206 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns

Boatman–399 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns

Junior Kyle Fitzgerald–474 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns

Barton–633 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns

Boatman–362 passing yards and 2 touchdowns

Junior Kyle Fitzgerald–488 passing yards and 4 touchdowns

Ibarra 189 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.

Khalid–1 interception for 73 yards and 1 touchdown

Fitzgerald–2 interceptions for 51 yards and 1 touchdown

Abraham–1 interception for 25 yards and 1 touchdown

Junior Daniel Leyva had a 31.4  yard punting average

 

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Jessica Villalobos, Staff Writer and Editor

Jessica Villalobos, 16, is a junior and it’s her second year being a writer for the Talon and taking pictures for yearbook. She is the President for MEChA and is enjoys being active in her free time. Jessica enjoys playing soccer, hiking, and spending time with her family. She plans to graduate high school, go to med school and become a doctor, “I don’t know what kind of doctor I want to be yet, but I hope to go to OSU. I just need to focus on graduating high school,” said Villalobos.

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