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Despite penalties, wet conditions FC defeats Coast

With over 240 students making the trip to Coast Union High School, the Eagles must have felt right at home. They certainly played like it, steamrolling Coast Union 42-13 en route to their sixth win in a row on Oct. 4.

After falling behind 6-0 on a Broncos 1-yard touchdown run, the Eagles responded with 21 unanswered points in the second quarter and never looked back.

Quarterback Sam Fisher, ’03, opened FC’s scoring when he capped a long first quarter drive on a 5-yard run. Brian Casey, ’03, put the Eagles in front to stay minutes later, also scoring on a 5-yard ramble. Fisher only connected on two passes. However, one, a 48-yard bomb to Colby Hunter, ’03, seemed to point of things to come with seconds remaining in the half.

Although the Eagles dominated the first half of the game, Coast Union began the second half strong by intercepting Fisher a second time, scoring their second touchdown. But that would be as close as they got. ”

During the first half, we were all worn out from the beach and we were ineffective on offense,” Hunter said. “Our attitudes changed at halftime though, and we got right back to playing Eagle football.”

The Eagles managed to rack up 374 total yards in total offense, only 45 of which were passing. For the second game in a row, the service of Fishers’ arm was not really needed. Throughout the game, Fisher only attempted 10 passes.

Instead, the Eagles relied on a powerful rushing attack, spearheaded by Rene Charest, ’04, who had 115 yards on 21 carries. Both Fisher and Casey handed in big contributions, rushing for 99 and 77 yards, respectively.

“The turning point of the game was when we started running the ball consistently,” Casey said, “and everything else followed.” In the second half, Casey ran for a 39-yard TD, his second of the day. “My linemen deserve a lot of credit for that one,” Casey said. “They gave me a big hole to run through, and I was able to take advantage of that.”

In the middle of the dominating defense stood David Pohl, 03′, who received recognition from his coaches for his level of play. His on-field performance was worthy of 60 points according to the coaches’ defensive scoring system. Usually a strong individual game is earns 30 points.

“Our defense was fine the whole game,” Pohl said. “The only problem we had was when our offense gave up the ball in bad position.”

Overall, Coach Jon Hall was pleased with his teams’ play.

“The crowd seemed to help our team out,” Hall said. ” Instead of being a hostile environment, it was a supportive crowd.” Hall also said he was happy about the way his running game stepped up with a huge performance.

While the defense gave up two interceptions that were turned into 13 Bronco points, they held Coast Union to only 85 yards in total offense. Linebacker David Pohl, ?03, led the Eagles with 7 tackles, 2 sacks, caused 1 fumble and intercepted 1 pass. Michael Van Beek, ?03, picked off 2 passes while Colby Hunter, ?03, had a 4th Eagle interception.

The Eagles now have two weeks to prepare for the Homecoming game against Farmersville on Oct. 18. They are now 4-0 in the Central Sierra League and are 6-0 overall and are the only undefeated team in the section.

For additional information on the football team, The Fresno Bee will highlight David Pohl in its insert paper, Neighbors Northeast, on Oct. 10.

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