Ojai Eagles football squads
back in the game
by Misty Volaski
In the Bantam Division, the Eagles improved their record to
two wins and zero losses by defeating Channel Islands, 22-0.
The Eagles played as a team and were on offense most of the game,
led by Dillon Lowen at quarterback, Jon Woodcock (66) yards),
Alex Leckie (95 yards) and Rory Lenehan (60 yards) at running
backs. At halftime the Eagles brought in their second string
backs Ryan Cowles, Connor O'Malley, Shawn Shirk, and Austin Walgraeve.
The Eagles' defense had seven takeaways in the game, with two
interceptions, one each from Keegan Shirk and Alex Leckie. A
late fourth-quarter attack was shut down by a touchdown-saving
tackle by Dillon Lowen. The defense held off Channel Islands
and sustained their shutout.
The Bantams will play their first conference game at Point Hueneme
tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the J1 Division. The J1 Blue team dropped
a tough one to the Packers of Moorpark losing, 20-6. The Eagles
offense, led by the throwing arm of Drew Rodriquez, marched the
ball down the field in the fourth quarter, with a 20-yard pass
caught by tight end Tyler Cowles. With that, the Eagles were
in striking distance.
Tyler Wadsworth ran in the only score of the day for the Eagles.
Defensively, the Eagles were on the field for a long time holding
the Packers to only two touchdowns. One of the Packers' touchdowns
was on a controversial fumble recovery that was run in for a
score. The Eagles defense was led by linebackers Wadsworth and
Dillon Jones. The J1 Blue team will be at home tomorrow at 11
a.m. against the Steelers of Newbury Park.
The J1 Gold team remained undefeated by besting the Vikings of
Simi Valley, 6-0. The Ojai Gold J1 Eagles' defense seemed to
take their playbook straight out of the Tao. Although the Vikings
were able to move the ball on the Eagles, the Vikings were unable
to break down the Eagles defense and score. The defense was led
by its linebacker core and secondary with exceptional performances
by Chad Gibson, Chris Gibson, Daniel Vigil, Jimmie Johnson and
Steven Sharp. Evan Magill also had an interception.
It was the defense that provided the offense with a scoring opportunity
by forcing and recovering a fumble at the Viking 35-yard line.
The offense capitalized on the opportunity. The only touchdown
of the game came from Daniel Vigil's 15-yard run, where he broke
three tackles to produce the game-winning touchdown.
The Ojai Eagles J1 Gold team faces Santa Paula at 9 a.m. tomorrow
at Nordhoff High School. Overall the J2's played a tough hard-fought
The game was scoreless until late into the fourth quarter when
the Santa Clarita Warriors scored on an eight-yard run, leaving
only three minutes on the clock.
Some of the highlights in the game were an 80-yard return of
a fumble to the six-yard line by Jacob Bracamonte - who also
had a great game on defense with numerous tackles. The Eagles
committed no penalties in the game, but came up short as the
Warriors won, 6- 0.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
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