After about two hours of drills and practice, Eagles will close with 30-play scrimmage
It won't last long, but the Eastern Washington University football team will end its first full week of spring practices with a short scrimmage this Saturday (April 11) at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
The Eagles will hit the field at 8:30 a.m., then will spend the next two hours with drills and practice. At about 10:30 a.m., the team will scrimmage for about 30 plays.
"It will be more of a practice with some live plays at the end," said Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin. "What we are looking to accomplish isn't much different than what we try to accomplish in a practice. But, we do get to see our players in situations where we make sure the coaches aren't coaching as much in between plays and it's more of a game atmosphere. Obviously, the defense has to bring the ball carriers to the ground. So there are some parts to it that puts it in a scrimmage mold, but next week will be our true, situational scrimmage."
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.
Baldwin has been pleased thus far with his squad, which includes 13 returning starters and a total of 47 letterwinners back. A productive January, February and March is part of the reason.
"A lot of what they did in the offseason showed," said Baldwin of his team's early practices. "They truly prepared themselves to be productive. It allows us to move quickly through some things because they are on-point and it allows us to play at a faster pace. The less thinking they are doing the more they can just go out and compete with effort, and work on the fundamentals and things on the field they haven't been able to do since December."
Following Saturday's scrimmage, Eastern's track and field program will host at Roos Field the 44th annual Pelluer Invitational Track and Field Meet, featuring dual meet scoring between Eastern, Montana and Idaho. The throwing events begin at the Sports and Recreation Center throwing area at 10 a.m., with field events at Roos Field beginning at 11 a.m. Running events start at 1 p.m. on what is predicted to be a windy and somewhat rainy day.
SWX To Broadcast Spring Game . . .
Eastern's Red-White Spring Scrimmage 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.