Washington takes Northeast on the football field

By Samuel Saldana, Class of 2013

On Thursday October 18, 2012 the Washington Eagles took on the Northeast Vikings. The Eagles and Vikings are big rivals and both teams came to play, but just by the score, 23 to 6, it shows who wanted it more.

The Eagles chose to receive the ball to start the game. Junior (KR) John Santos returned to the Eagles 40 yard line.  The 1st play of the game was a reverse to senior (RB) Marquis Edwards then a pitch to junior (WR) Rasheed Black, which was fumbled for a loss of 15. The Eagles 1st drive ended up with the Eagles punting.  The Vikings 1st play was a 5-yard run by #8. On 3rd down, Northeast got called for a 5-yard holding penalty.  Another 3rd down attempt ended up in a sack by soph. (DT) Dwayne Young. On 4th down the Vikings chose to punt, and senior (PR) Rashaan “Wiz” Williams returned the ball for 30 yards to the Vikings 29-yard line. The Eagles got down into the Red Zone, and on a run for a 4-yard gain by senior (FB) Alex Rivera,  set up a 6-yard touchdown run by junior (RB) Ken Everage followed by the extra point kicked by senior (K) Jake Wright.  The Vikings could not get anything going for them; their quarterback was sacked for a loss made by Linebackers soph. Shawn Henderson & senior Melvin “Macho” Gonzalez to make it 3rd and long. On 3rd down the Vikings were called for a false start penalty to make it 3rd and longer. On 3rd and long the Vikings tried to throw the ball, which fell incomplete, so the Vikings were forced to punt. The ball was kicked to senior (PR) Kendale “Roscoe” Truitt for a 28-yard return to the Eagles 48-yard line. On the drive of 2nd and 5, senior (QB) David Gavirlov’s passed to senior (WR) Joshua “Texas” Macauley completing a 30-yard gain down at the Vikings 15-yard line. This was followed by a 3-yard run by Marquis Edwards to end the 1st quarter.

Starting the 2nd quarter the Eagles were 2nd and goal, and a run by (RB) Ken Everage was successful for a touchdown followed by a field goal to make the score 14-0 Eagles. With three minutes left to the half, the Eagles were in a 3rd down situation, with 9 yards to get the first down. (The Eagles offense is usually good at converting 3rd down and 4th down conversions) Quarterback David Gavirlov dropped back to pass and threw a bullet to Wide Receiver Joshua Macauley for a 31-yard gain for a first down on the Vikings 39-yard line.  With 1:56 left in the half the Eagles were called for a holding penalty and on 4th and 7 the Eagles use their great kicker Jake Wright to kick a field goal to make the score 17-0 going into the half.

To start the 2nd half the Eagles defense got things going as senior (DL) Justin Moody (Semper Fidelis All-American) sacks the Vikings quarterback for a 5-yard loss tomake it 3rd and 11. On 3rd and 11, Soph. (DL) Zaire Hollerway sacked the Vikings quarterback yet again for a 3-yard loss to make it 4th and 14, forcing the Vikings to punt. On 3rd and 6, the Eagles go to (FB) Alex Rivera and gain 5-yards, but not enough for a 1st down, creating a 4th and 1 situation. The Eagles are 1-yard away from a 1st down and they decide on a quarterback sneak ran by (QB) David Gavirlov and achieve the 1st down. Followed by this 1st down, David Gavirlov threw 2 passes in the same area on the right side of the field to fall incomplete; both were diving attempts. But yet the 3rd pass was definitely a charm because on 3rd and long Dave’s pass to (RB) Ken Everage was complete with an AMAZING one-handed grab, and also good for a 30-yard gain but falling short of a scoring drive. With the Eagles were back on Defense, the Vikings tried to get a 1st down with a pass on 4th and 8, which ended up being intercepted by (S) Kendale Truitt to end the 4th quarter. 

      With the 4th quarter rolling in, senior (QB) Al Augustine’s pass to (WR) Rasheed Black was deflected off his hands and into the Vikings defensive back’s hands and ran it back all the way for a touchdown. Feeling too ambitious, their 2-point conversion attempt was no good. On the kickoff following the Vikings touchdown, (KR) Kendale Truitt went for a big return running 52-yards from the Eagles 25-yard line. On 2nd goal (RB) Marquis Edwards ran the ball 3-yards for an Eagles touchdown, but missing the extra point attempt leaving the score 23-6. On the next Eagles drive, on 3rd and 3 with under a minute to go, the Eagles take a knee and let the clock run down for the game to end, with the final score 23-6.

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