Eagles will conclude "Eagle Week" with third scrimmage to be broadcast live on SWX
It will be a scrimmage-based game, but there will be lots of special teams thrown into the mix too.
The Eastern Washington University football team will conclude its third week of spring practice with the annual Red-White Spring Game this Saturday at 2 p.m. at Roos Field, helping bring to an end "Eagle Week" in Cheney, Wash. The game will be broadcast on SWX, with Larry Weir providing the play-by-play.
Eagle Week also includes visits by student-athletes and coaches to local schools, including an appearance on Wednesday (April 22) at 8:55 a.m. by head coach Beau Baldwin and former player Jase Butorac to Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane. The 28th Annual Coaches Golf Tournament (Friday) and 34th Annual Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction (Saturday) also take place this week, and the EWU Bookstore is offering a 20 percent off promotion to shoppers wearing Eagle gear.
Without depth at many positions to split his squad into teams, Baldwin said Saturday's game will consist of offensive units going against defensive squads, much like the previous two weeks. The defense dominated the first week, but the offense responded to roll up 550 yards last Saturday.
Baldwin said this week's Red-White game will feature less situations, with more special teams mixed in. Besides working on kickoff and kickoff coverage, he has six kickers currently on his roster who need work. Plus, EWU has yet to do any live punting situations as the Eagles seek to find a replacement for their season and career punting record-holder, Jake Miller.
"We'll add a couple of special team elements to the spring game -- live drills with kickoff coverage and kickoff return, a few things that maybe we haven't always done," explained Baldwin. "All we did (last Saturday) was field goal, but next week we will get to kickoff cover and kickoff return."
Last week, the Eagles passed for 309 yards and rushed for another 241 on 38 carries. The net result was 550 yards on 85 plays for a 6.5 average per play, more than twice the 3.1 average of the previous week. In last week's first scrimmage, the defense held the offense to 123 yards and one touchdown on 40 plays.
"I thought there was a lot of good energy," said Baldwin, whose team will practice three times this week before the Red-White Game, then twice afterward. "I thought by having the officials out here, it allowed us to maybe have some things brought to our attention that aren't brought up until they are out here. There were some things we could work on discipline-wise."
Despite the high-yardage showing, the offense lost two fumbles and an interception, and had four penalties for 30 yards. The defense had five penalties for 46 yards, allowed a reverse for 65 yards, a quarterback scramble of 28 and gave up gains of 32 and 25 yards through the air.
"There is still plenty to fine-tune and we get to keep working on the fundamentals," he added. "There is going to be plenty of teaching and coaching to come off this video that we are going to be able to go into this week with."
SWX To Broadcast Spring Game
Eastern's Red-White Spring Game on April 25 at 2 p.m. will be broadcast live throughout Eastern Washington on SWX TV.
Over-air digital stations for SWX are 6.2 in Spokane/Cheney/Sandpoint/Lewiston, 23.3 in Yakima and 25.3 in the Tri-Cities. The station is also available via Comcast 306/112 (Spokane); Davis Cable 514/81.2/12 (Cheney); Time Warner 1245 (Coeur d Alene & Pullman/Moscow); Charter 287 (Tri-Cities/Yakima), Cable One 466 (Lewiston) and Northland Cable 115 (Moses Lake & Sandpoint).
The scrimmage is free and open to the public, and precedes the 34th Annual Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction, which is the featured event of "Eagle Week" at Eastern Washington University.
Remaining 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 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.
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. 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.
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, and is sold out. The Patchin, Lukens and Osso radio show will air live from the golf course from 3-6 p.m. on 700-AM ESPN (http://700espn.com).