Eagles offensive struggles lead to 56-13 loss
Against the third best offense in the country, the Eagles were unable to put up the needed numbers, losing to Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, 56-13, Saturday. The Lumberjacks jumped to No. 17 in DII.
If the Lumberjack offense wasn’t impressive enough, with 525 total offensive yards, it was the defense that froze CSC. HSU forced seven turnovers, including five interceptions in the second half, four on redshirt freshman Dalton Holst, of Gillette, Wyoming, and the last on Matt Vinson, redshirt junior of Box Elder, South Dakota.
The Jacks started the game hot, scoring on their first three drives, jumping out to a 21-0 lead with just 3 minutes and 47 seconds of possession. The Eagles were able to score on their first possession of the second quarter, when Holst connected with Brandon Fullerton, redshirt sophomore of Riverton, Wyoming, on a 13-yard pass.
After the Jacks answered with their own score, Kevin Coy, redshirt junior of Davenport, Florida, punched a touchdown in from one yard out. HSU scored one more time before halftime, pushing the score to 35-13.
The Eagles battled in the third quarter, keeping HSU out of the endzone until the final three minutes. Following an interception, HSU runningback Ja’Quan Gardner, senior of Ceres, California, scored on a goal line rush.
The rest of the game belonged to the Lumberjack secondary, picking off Holst three more times and Vinson on the last offensive play of the game for CSC.
Holst finished the game with 27 completions and 302 yards with one touchdown.
Priest Jennings, redshirt sophomore of Stockton, California, led the Eagle ground game with 18 yards. Derek Jackson, senior of Pueblo West, Colorado, and Coy finished with 10 yards each.
Despite the offensive struggles, Jackson Dickerson, redshirt sophomore of Chadron, picked up 114 yards on nine receptions. Colt Foster, redshirt sophomore of Hemingford, added 70 yards on five receptions.
Defensively for the Eagles, Keenan Johnson, redshirt sophomore of Chadron, lead the way with 10 tackles. Chris Harris, sophomore of Lake Elsinore, California, added an interception to go along with four solo tackles.
On the Lumberjack side, quarterback Robert Webber, senior of Corona, California, completed 15 passes for 338 yards and four touchdowns.
The Eagles are on the second leg of a three-week hiatus from Elliott Field, traveling to Dixie State University, St. George, Utah. The Trailblazers are 2-3, (2-2) this season, ranked No. 7 in the conference. The Eagles are currently third. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.