Submitted by Byron McKenzie
Four games, four total points against.
The Eagles’ defence stole the show once again at Harry McMaster field on a Thursday afternoon that featured sunshine, rain, a double rainbow and many explosive hits.
While the Eagles offence used their “Hulk” package to get into striking distance on two occasions, they lead only by a score of 3-0 at the half courtesy of a Cale Oberg field goal.
After the half, the Eagles offence starting getting more push as a unit and successfully moved the ball, eventually finding pay dirt on a Mason Desautels two-yard touchdown run. The fourth quarter saw the two teams exchange singles to make it 11-1 for the home team. As the final minutes played out, Joel Ottertail put the game out of reach with an impressive sack on Trojans quarterback Tyler Morris.
With the contest being a rematch of last year’s Canad Inns Bowl (a 21-0 win for the Eagles), it was surely one that both teams had circled on their calendars. The win moves Dryden to 4-0 while Portage drops to 1-3.
It is by now no secret that the Eagles defence is, to say the least, an impressive unit. The smash mouth play of linebackers Joel Ottertail and Gus Brosseau epitomized what they are all about game in and game out. The group feels that they can still improve; and with the way they were able to neutralize a very fast and athletic Tyler Fedak, improvement makes for an exciting prospect. On the other side of the ball, the offensive coaches were pleased with how the group was able to dig in and move the ball in the second half. The offence, led by senior quarterback Jarett Hicks, really started to click with the line opening up running lanes and buying time to throw the ball.
With three weeks of regular season left, the Eagles have almost certainly earned a berth into the AA/AAA crossover playoff pool but have to remain hungry in order to remain atop the standings. The games are only going to get tougher from here. Next week sees a strong River East Kodiaks team visiting Harry McMaster field, followed by the Kelvin Clippers who currently accompany the Eagles atop the AA standings at 4-0. Both games kickoff at 3 o’clock. The Eagles will round out the regular season on the road in Brandon when they visit the Vincent Massey Vikings on October 20.