Eagles keep Eagle-Rock Trophy, win 29-17
A stifling Eagle defense leveled the RMAC top ranked offense, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota, Saturday at Elliott Field. The Eagles won the Battle for the Eagle-Rock Trophy, 29-17.
The Hardrocker offense that previously averaged nearly 500 yards per game could only manage 312, less than 200 through the air. Hardrocker quarterback Jake Sullivan, junior of Rapid City, South Dakota, and freshman wide receiver Brandon LaBrie, of Westlake Village, California, were one of the better offensive combinations in the conference going into the game. LaBrie was held to 31 yards on four receptions.
CSC’s defense is ranked No. 3 in yards per game allowed, averaging 376.
The constant defensive pressure led to four sacks and three interceptions. Sullivan’s completions percentage was less than 50 percent.
Brian Wood, redshirt senior, of Stockton, California, led the Eagles with 15 tackles, two of which were behind the line of scrimmage and one interception late in the fourth quarter to seal the win for CSC.
Keenan Johnson, redshirt sophomore of Chadron, added nine tackles and one of the three interceptions that set up an Eagle touchdown late in the first half.
Steven Allen, senior of Knoxville, Tennessee, also grabbed an interception in the third quarter.
Offensively, the Eagles kept pace with the defense, despite facing a strong headwind for the second and third quarters.
Derek Jackson, senior of Pueblo West, Colorado, started the game with a bang, busting through a gaping hole for a 55-yard touchdown run just four minutes into the game.
Jackson finished with 132 yards and one touchdown, leading the CSC runningbacks.
Dalton Holst, redshirt freshman of Gillette, Wyoming, put together his best performance since week two against Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction, finishing with 246 passing yards, and three touchdowns on 21 completions. Holst threw for 459 yards in the loss to CMU.
Holst’s only blemish on the stat sheet was an interception off a tipped screen-pass attempt in the second quarter that led to a Hardrocker touchdown.
Jackson Dickerson, redshirt sophomore of Chadron, led the receivers in receptions with eight, and touchdowns, with two.
Brandon Fullerton, redshirt sophomore of Riverton, Wyoming added 90 yards and the third aerial touchdown.
The Eagles are at home again this weekend, against Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Saturday at noon. The Orediggers are ranked right behind CSC in the RMAC standings, with a 4-4 overall record, 4-3 in conference play.
The Orediggers are led by the conferences top runningback Cameron Mayberry, redshirt sophomore of Stillwater, Oklahoma, averaging 123 yards per game on the ground, racking up 12 touchdowns on the season.