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Eagles arrest Outlaws
Saturday was an odd homecoming for sure, but the Olympic Peninsula Eagles made the most of it.
Playing their lone "home" game of the 2012 campaign at Sequim High, the Eagles earned their second win of the season with a 33-6 blowout of the Spanaway Outlaws on June 23.
B.J. Johnson and Rameil Watts each had rushing touchdowns in a 14-0 first quarter.
The undermanned Outlaws managed to close the gap to 14-6 by halftime, but the Eagles got a second half passing touchdown from John Gasche to Cory Hartfield to seal the win.
The Eagles (2-3) earned their other victory against the Outlaws in the season opener back on May 5 (21-12) in Port Townsend.
Watts led the team with 105 rushing yards, backed by Johnson (96 yards) and Roland Quinn (86).
"Our running game's been killing teams," Eagles coach Mike McMahan said.
Passing in an unusually wet and chilly June evening, Gasche finished 3-of-15 for 30 yards, with one TD and one interception.
"I was pretty happy with it overall," McMahan said. "Our biggest problem is … the quarterback position. If we could be throwing the ball right now, we'd be in first place."
McMahan noted that Gasche is playing in his first year of organized football, and that Don Purser — the expected starter at the beginning of the season — is dealing with lingering back problems.
"I run a pretty sophisticated offense," McMahan said. "(John) has made miraculous strides just trying to get the offense down. Weather conditions hampered a lot of his first quarter throws. A lot of it is nerves, too.
Every game we're taking steps."
Ron Wright Jr. had two sacks and Adam Harris added an interception to pace the defense. Dan Glushko and Larry Henning also had sacks, and Ben Wood led the team with eight tackles.
"I think we have one of the best defenses in the league," McMahan said.
The Eagles are back in action on Saturday, June 30, against the Tacoma Invaders at their "other" home — Port Townsend's Memorial Field.
"If we shut their running game down," McMahan said of the Invaders, "they don't have much of a passing game."
The Eagles need to finish in the top three of their league to advance to a postseason tourney.
The Eagles formed in 2006, playing home games in Sequim before moving home games to Port Townsend and more recently, Port Angeles. The team played in Port Angeles the past two years, but now play home games between Sequim and Port Townsend.
Reach Michael Dashiell at firstname.lastname@example.org.