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Keating runs wild as Eagles stomp Monroe
The field conditions werent great and the temperature at field level was freezing, but a determined Arlington football team won a decisive Homecoming victory for their school.
The Eagles got a spectacular performance from halfback Michael Keating who dodged tacklers all night to the tune of 122 yards on 10 carries. In his first start for the Eagles, quarterback Jake Parduhn did an excellent job directing the offense and finished 7-13 passing for 89 yards.
The game did not start out well for the Eagles as Monroe forced a quick punt and looked to be driving on the Arlington defense. But Arlington stepped up and made several big plays including a touchdown-saving tackle from Marcus Dolan on a pass play. Jordan Hawthorne came up with a big hit on a screen pass and jarred a fumble out of the Monroe running backs hands. Nick Tezak came up with the loose football for the Eagles.
The offense then used the running of Jerad Barber, taking direct snaps behind center, to move down the field. Barber went around left-end for a 26-yard touchdown to open the scoring for the Eagles.
Leading 6-0, the Eagles defense again forced Monroe into a mistake. Jordan Stjern recovered a fumble on the Monroe 27-yard line to put the Eagles back in business. Three plays later, Keating went in to the end-zone on a 17-yard scamper.
When the Eagles got the ball back they kept right on going. A 15-yard completion from Barber to Josh Acker put the Eagles back in scoring position. Dolan ran 13 yards off-tackle to get down near the 10-yard line. Three Barber runs later and Arlington was looking at an 18-0 lead.
On the following kickoff, Monroes return man made a mistake letting the ball bounce and the Arlington special teams wound up tackling him inside the 5-yard line. The Eagle defense refused to budge and forced a punt.
Parduh took over under center and nearly hit Barber on a out route in the corner of the end-zone. The next play Parduhn rushed up the middle and was on his way to score when a Monroe defender got his helmet on the football and caused fumble at the goalline. Monroe wound up with the ball but their offense could not move forward at all against a tough Arlington front four. They took a safety instead of risking a punt from the end-zone again and Arlington then led 20-0.
Keating and Brad McPherson went back to work for Arlington on their next possession, punishing the Monroe linebackers on their way to another score for the Eagles. At the half it was 26-0 in favor of Arlington, with no signs of weakness anywhere.
The defense came out in the second half and again was impressive, led by Hawthorne who collected his second sack. After another punt the Eagle offense moved down the field again, with Keating being the primary ball carrier. He finished off another impressive drive with a 5-yard touchdown for a 33-0 lead. The game snowballed out of control from there as Monroe posed no real threat. The Eagles wound up coasting to a 47-0 win
The offensive line of Frank, Hawthorne, Jarod Baker, Kurt Hampton, and Bryant Dickerson continually pushed their counterparts back, paving the way for a lopsided victory.
You have to give all the credit to the offensive line. They make it very easy for us, said Keating after the game. I just kept my feet moving and those guys kept going forward.
It was a good game for us considering we lost our starting quarterback last week, said Barber. Jake did a good job filling in and we should continue to improve in these next few weeks.
For me I felt a lot more confident out there tonight, said quarterback Jake Parduhn. Im more comfortable now having a lot of reps. I think the team is getting ready to go on a roll into the playoffs.
Coach Tim Tramp didnt have much to complain about after the game, both offense and defense were spectacular.
Its great to see the kids respond to some adversity. We executed well and I was pleased with Jakes handling of the game. The playoffs are right there in front of us, but weve got two games against big 4A schools upcoming.
The Eagles play again Oct. 19 against Cascade.