Eagles/Wildcats scrimmage preps

Although they were outscored five touchdowns to three, the Lohn Eagles showed a lot of promise in their last scrimmage against the Division I, District 13 six-man Rising Star Wildcats held in Rising Star Aug. 24. “I have no doubts with these kids,” said Lohn Eagle Coach John Santiago. “They’ve done everything I have asked of them and it paid off in the end.” “Offensively, we moved the ball both on the ground and in the air. We completed more passes (eight of 32) and ran the ball better (31 rushes for 232 yards). Defensively, we hit good and hard, but we need to work on our defense some more. We still need to work on tackling.” The scrimmage included two sets of 20 offensive plays each. The junior varsity teams went 10 plays each. The varsity teams played one regulation quarter with the wildcats winning four touchdowns to one. The lohn JV offensive and defensive statistics are included with the varsity’s statistics. Josh Aguilar led the varsity Eagles in rushing with five rushes for 25 yards including one touchdown. Kaleb Couvillion led the JV team in rushing with six rushes for 81 yards followed by Jonathan (J.T.) Thomas with five rushes for 77 yards. Jonathon Jordan had one touchdown run of 11 yards, and Charles Bowen scored on a two-yard run. Alex Salinas led the team in passing with six of 14 throws for 147 yards. Couvillion threw one pass for 15 yards, and he also caught one pass for 72 yards. Aguilar caught four passes for 78 yards, Travis Elliot had two receptions for 53 yards, Jordan caught one pass for 43 yards, Thomas received one pass for 22 yards and Joey Lawrence caught one pass for 15 yards. Defensively, the Eagles were led in tackles by Bowen with eight. He was followed by Lee Williams and Thomas with seven each, Ross Santiago with six, Jose Aguilar, Josh fore and Travis Elliot each with five, Jared Russell with four, Jordan and Lawrence with three each and Couvillion with two tackles. Jordan had a pass interception for a 38-yard touchdown, and Fore and Santiago had one fumble recovery each. The Eagles will open their regular 2007 football season by hosting the Panther Creek Panthers starting at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31. The Panthers (Division I, district 13) are coached by Wiley Cummings. They return nine lettermen from a 4-5 2006 season. “The Panthers are big with mainly one running back,” said Santiago. “They have size and a little bit of speed. Their passing game is decent, and we will have to watch the flow of the ball. Hopefully, we will come up with come interceptions.”

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