54 Times 2

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A flock of Eagles stops Saugatuck’s ball carrier. Photo by Stephanie Blentlinger, Lingering Memories Photography.

By Mark Blentlinger

In each of its first two games, the Eagle football team has scored 54 points, only allowing 24 points between the two. On Sept. 13, the Eagles made a 2 1/2 hour trek to the southeast side of the state to face off against the Ottawa Lake/Whiteford Bobcats.

The Bobcats were putting their 38-home game winning streak on the line. The Eagles showed no mercy.

Although the Bobcats had the most offensive plays, with 69, they could not put much together, only totaling 266 yards for the game. The Eagles, however, had 41 plays, with 471 yards of total offense; 320-yards through the air and 151-yards on the ground, winning 54-24.

Alex Thole went 11/15 in passing, with five touchdowns and one interception. Three of Thole’s passing touchdowns were to Kobe Clark; one to Jimmy Downs and one to Parker Lawerence. Kobe Clark also had three rushing touchdowns, for a game total of six. The Bobcats with their veer offense were able to put up 24 points.

Against Saugatuck a week later, the Eagles defense was very strong and did not give up a single point to win 54-0. The Eagle offense was on fire, especially Senior Kobe Clark. He ran for 236 yards on 13 carries, with five rushing touchdowns, equaling 20.3 yards per carry. Alex Thole had 203 yards through the air, completing 9 of 13 passes. The longest pass, of 82 yards, was to Parker Lawrence for an Eagle score.

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