Big plays highlight performance by the defense, which holds offensive units to 123 yards of total offense as first full week of practices come to an end
Eastern Washington University defensive units held the offense to 123 yards and a single touchdown to highlight the first football scrimmage of spring practice for the Eagles Saturday morning (April 11) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
Eastern will have a much longer scrimmage take place on Saturday, April 18, beginning at about 2 p.m. Spring practice continues through April 30, with the annual Red-White Spring Scrimmage taking place at 2 p.m. on April 25.
The defense had three sacks and forced two fumbles Saturday, and allowed only 24 rushing yards and 99 through the air in the 40-play scrimmage. The offense was scoreless on its first seven possessions until reserve quarterback Gage Gubrud directed a 12-play, 65-yard scoring drive.
Cornerback Jake Hoffman, a sophomore out of North Central High School in Spokane, Wash., led the way with six tackles, a forced fumble and a tackle for loss. Freshman redshirt Nzuzi Webster had an interception, sophomore linebacker John Kreifels recovered a fumble, and Todd Raynes, Matthew Sommer and Kurt Calhoun recorded sacks.
“I think one of the things we did really well -- and it can cause some of the mistakes -- was our guys were flying around in a good position,” said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin. “They are making things difficult for the offense, and they are understanding early the scheme and what needs to be done to have success on defense.
Eastern’s four quarterbacks combined to complete 7-of-16 passes for 99 yards, with seven different receivers catching those passes. The offense had 24 rushing yards on 22 carries, but it lost 24 yards as a result of the three sacks, and two center-quarterback exchanges.
“I don’t really judge things as much on a scrimmage -- I try to judge it as a whole,” said Baldwin of his team’s offensive production. “I think we are in a good spot five practices in. Even for that 30 minutes there are times where it didn’t look very good, but it was our first time really in a – quote, un-quote -- scrimmage. The word I would use is operation -- that is what it came down to. There were just too many things that were just a little bit off from an operation standpoint.”
Eastern opened its 14-session spring practice schedule on April 2 and will continue to practice Tuesdays and Thursdays, and have its next scrimmage on Saturday, April 18 (approximately 2 p.m.). The annual Red-White Game takes place on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field, but the Eagles will follow that with one more week of practice before wrapping up on April 30.
Gage Gubrud 3 run
FG Tyler McNannay 22
RUSHING: Colin Cossette 2-14, Jordan Talley 4-10, Gage Gubrud 3-10, Kendrick Bourne 1-6, Jabari Wilson 5-3, Reilly Hennessey 2-1, Ashanti Kindle 1-1, Jordan West 3-minus-16, Team 1-minus-5, Team Totals 22-24.
PASSING: Gage Gubrud 4-of-7 42, Jordan West 1-of-6 41-1interception, Conner Richardson 1-of-2 12, Reilly Hennessey 1-of-1 4, Team Totals 7-of-16 99-1interception.
RECEIVING: Cooper 1-41, Jordan Talley 1-17, Beau Byus 1-15, Simba Webster 1-12, Stu Stiles 1-7, Zach Eagle 1-4, Danny Raap 1-3, Team Totals 7-99.
TACKLES LEADERS: Jake Hoffman 6, Alek Kacmarcik 5, Dylan Donohue 4, Cole Karstetter 4, Miles Weatheroy 3, Matthew Sommer 3.
INTERCEPTIONS: Nzuzi Webster.
SACKS: Todd Raynes, Kurt Calhoun, Matthew Sommer.
TACKLES FOR LOSS: Conner Baumann, Jake Hoffman.
PASSES BROKEN UP: Mac McLachlan.
FUMBLES RECOVERED: John Kreifels.
FUMBLES FORCED: Jake Hoffman.
Spring Practice Schedule
Spring practices continue through April 30. Most practices are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. (media interviews at approximately 3:35 p.m. or after practice at about 6 p.m.). All practices are scheduled to take place at Roos Field. Scrimmages also take place on the red Sprinturf surface at the "Inferno" in Cheney, Wash.
April 14 – Practice, 4 p.m.
April 16 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 18 - Scrimmage, approx. 2 p.m., Roos Field
April 21 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 22 - Practice (no pads), 4:30 p.m.
April 23 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 25 – Red-White Spring Game, 2 p.m., Roos Field
April 28 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 30 – Practice, 4 p.m.
Eastern is scheduled to also scrimmage on Saturday, April 18 (approximately 2 p.m.) at Roos Field. The annual Red-White Game will take place on Saturday, April 25 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field in conjunction with Eagle Week at EWU and the Orland Killin Lobster Dinner, Dance and Auction.
34th Annual Killin Dinner/Dance/Auction is April 25 at EWU as Part of "Eagle Week"
Tickets are now on sale for the 34th Annual Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction, which is the featured event of "Eagle Week" at Eastern Washington University. The event follows the annual Red-White Spring Football Game on April 25 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
Tickets are $100 per individual and $700 for a table of eight. Online ordering is now available via the events link at http://goeags.com/trads/ewas-eagleweek.html. All tickets will be mailed out by April 15. Any tickets purchased after April 15 will be held at will call at the main entrance. Besides online, tickets may also be obtained by calling 509-359-2463 or 1-800-648-7697.
Killin takes place at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center. The event starts with a social hour and auction at 4:30 p.m., followed by the dinner (6:15 p.m.), program/presentations/live auction (7:15 p.m.) and dancing (8 p.m.).
Net proceeds benefit areas of greatest need within Eastern Athletics. The event is named in honor of Orland Killin, who, along with his wife Bernice, helped create the event. Killin was a man immensely dedicated to academics and the integrity of Eastern Washington University, serving as professor, faculty athletic representative and faculty president. He was an Eastern football letter winner in 1941-42.
Other events taking place as part of "Eagle Week" will be announced in the coming weeks. There is no admission charged for the Red-White Game. Volleyball and soccer scrimmages are also expected to take place on April 25.
Taking place the day before on Friday, April 24, is the 28th Annual Coaches Golf Tournament. The golf tournament takes place at the Fairways Golf Course near Cheney, Wash., at noon. Registration and information for that event is available via the "Eagle Week" page at: http://goeags.com/trads/ewas-eagleweek.html