“Fine-tuning” will be the focus this Saturday at Roos Field, with the game also featuring the “Celebrity Coach Challenge” and televised on SWX
Last week’s 84-play scrimmage was an indication of what’s ahead when the Eastern Washington University football team plays its annual Red-White Game Saturday (April 26) at 2 p.m. at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash. The game will be televised live regionally by SWX.
This week’s game will consist of four quarters, but no score will be kept as Eagle offensive squads (“White”) will be going against Eastern defensive squads (“Red”). The game will also feature the second-annual “Celebrity Coach Challenge” with four KHQ TV personalities calling plays during red zone possessions in the second quarter (more information below).
Last Saturday, a substantial crowd gave the Eagles a rousing round of applause after both the defense and offense made big plays in the scrimmage to conclude the second full week of spring practice. As he continues to blend 11 new starters into the lineup, head coach Beau Baldwin is hoping for a crisper scrimmage this time around.
“I think fine-tuning and getting them into more situations,” he said of this week’s priorities. “They were playing fast at times, but when they did slow down we slowed way down where we could have had some delay of game penalties. So there needs to be a certain level of getting closer to continue to play just like it was a game.
“There are times where, I feel, that we are still coaching like it is practice and doing those things that it is natural,” he added. “We have to get them a step further. They have to be able to do that on the field and take care of things and see the clock. They have to get the calls and make the adjustments without a lot of coaching between plays. That is the biggest jump we want to make between this scrimmage and the next.”
Among the 25 letter winners lost from last year’s team were 11 starters, including both starters at cornerback. The team’s No. 3 corner last season was also a senior, but Baldwin has been impressed thus far by the progress made by newcomers. Last week, freshman redshirt Victor Gamboa intercepted Eagle All-America quarterback Vernon Adams, and sophomore D’londo Tucker had a pair of passes broken up. A week earlier, Moe Roberts had an interception and Frank Cange broke-up a pass.
“I have been excited about it all camp,” Baldwin said of the cornerbacks. “They have been competing, they are hungry, and it is kind of like our wide receivers last year. They were hungry because everyone questioned how we were going to (replace three starting receivers), and (the cornerbacks) are getting the same type of questions.
“So there is a little bit of that chip -- there is a little bit of extra motivation and competiveness to what they are doing and it has just been fun,” he continued. “And they are getting to go against a pretty darn good unit when they are covering the pass in terms of quarterback, receivers, tight ends and running backs they are facing. It is always a challenge and we are just making each other better every day -- I think (last Saturday) was no different.”
In two spring scrimmages thus far, the offense has accumulated 824 yards on 131 plays (6.3 per play) and has scored 10 touchdowns and a field goal. However, the defense held the offense without a point and to 106 yards in seven scoreless possessions to begin last week’s scrimmage. In a total of 18 possessions, the defense stopped the offense 12 times with four turnovers.
SCRIMMAGE STATISTICS (4/12 & 4/19 combined)
RUSHING: Reece Mahaffy 6-39, Jabari Wilson 9-32, Shaq Hill 1-27-1TD, Jordan West 7-22, Cody Hecker 4-21, Conner Richardson 9-17-1TD, Mario Brown 8-14, Samuel Mintah 8-13, Vernon Adams 3-4, Team 1-minus-22, Totals 56-167-2TD.
PASSING: Vernon Adams 27-38-309-5TD-3int, Jordan West 13-24-253-3TD, Conner Richardson 7-12-95-1int, Team 0-1, Totals 47-75-657-8TD-4int.
RECEIVING: Cooper Kupp 11-253-3TD, Kendrick Bourne 7-81-2TD, Blair Bomber 5-63-2TD, Aaron Clark 4-40, Shaquille Hill 4-39, Austin Ehlo 3-46, Terry Jackson 3-15, Jabari Wilson 2-34-1TD, Zach Wimberly 2-11, Austin Flynn 1-35, Kyle Delegard 1-12, Samuel Mintah 1-11, Larren Wright 1-7, Cody Hecker 1-4, Jake Withnell 1-6, Totals 47-657-8TD.
FIELD GOALS: Trevor Merritt 20.
EXTRA POINTS: Roldan Alcobendas 8-of-10.
TACKLES LEADERS: Miles Weatheroy 10, Jake Gall 9, Miquiyah Zamora 8, Jordan Talley 7, Brandon Kirian 6, D’londo Tucker 6, John Goldwire 6, Frank Cange 5, Gaven Deyarmin 5, Jake Hoffman 5, Todd Raynes 5, John Kreifels 5, Albert Havili 5, Isaac Anderson 4, Isaiah Jenkins 4, Jordan Tonani 4, Ashton Boothroyd 3, Cameron Babcock 3, Zackary Johnson 3, Dylan Zylstra 2, Zach Bruce 2, Matthew Sommer 2, Moe Roberts 2, Brandon Jimerson 1, Eric Orth 1, Brandon Pritchett 1, Chandler Reed 1, Andre Lino 1, Derek Weston 1, Evan Day 1.
INTERCEPTIONS: Victor Gamboa, Matthew Sommer, Zach Bruce, Moe Roberts, Total 4.
SACKS: Zackary Johnson, John Kreifels, Miquiyah Zamora, Andre Lino, Ashton Boothroyd, Derek Weston, Chandler Reed, Total 8.
PASSES BROKEN UP: Isaac Anderson 2, D’londo Tucker 2, Jake Hoffman, Zach Bruce, Frank Cange, Miquiyah Zamora, Albert Havili, Total 9.
FUMBLE RECOVERIES: John Goldwire,
FORCED FUMBLES: John Goldwire, Isaac Anderson.
More About the “Celebrity Coach Challenge”
A quartet of KHQ TV personalities will serve as guest coaches at the Red-White Game at Roos Field on Saturday (April 26) as part of “Eagle Week” at Eastern Washington University. The game starts at 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The “Celebrity Coach Challenge” will take place in the second quarter and consists of three red zone possessions (25-yard line). Each guest coach will get the chance to pick plays for either the offense or defense, and the winners of the first two possessions will square off for the “Celebrity Coach Challenge” title.
KHQ Weather Authority forecasters Leslie Lowe and Blake Jensen return after last year’s inaugural showdown saw Jensen come out on the winning end when the Eagle defense held the offense out of the end zone.
Also serving as guest coaches this week will be KHQ Sports Director Sam Adams and KHQ Local News morning anchor Sean Owsley, who is an Eastern graduate. Adams will provide the play-by-play of the Red-White game on SWX, with Larry Weir providing sideline reports.
A slate of events have been added to create “Eagle Week” on April 21-26 at EWU. The marquee and culminating event of the week is the 33rd Annual Orland Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction, which takes place on Saturday, April 26 at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are still on sale, with information available at www.goeags.com.
Eagle Week also includes eight student-athlete speaking engagements, the annual Coaches Golf Tournament and a scrimmage by the EWU Volleyball Team. Below is more information on “Eagle Week” and Killin.
Eight Student-Athlete Speaking Engagements Featured as Part of “Eagle Week”
Eastern Washington University student-athletes will give a presentation to eight local area schools as part of “Eagle Week” taking place April 21-26 at EWU.
Starting April 21 when EWU head football coach Beau Baldwin and quarterback Vernon Adams speak at Rogers High School in Spokane, Wash., Eastern will visit seven area high schools and one middle school. The presentation by the student-athletes will focus on an acrostic of EAGLE – Education, Attitude, Grit, Leadership and Excellence.
The week also includes the Coaches Golf Tournament on Friday, April 25, and three events on Saturday, April 26 taking place in Cheney – a volleyball scrimmage at 11 a.m., the Red-White Football Game at 2 p.m. and the 33rd Annual Orland Killin Dinner/Dance/Auction at 4:30 p.m.
More information is available at: http://goeags.com/trads/ewas-eagleweek.html. A complete schedule is below, plus information on the marquee event – the Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction.
EAGLE WEEK 2014
Monday, April 21
1:15 p.m. – Beau Baldwin and Vernon Adams speak at Rogers High School
10:30 p.m. – Bill Chaves appears on SWX Tonight
Tuesday, April 22
8:50 a.m. – Student-Athletes speak at Salk Middle School
1:45 p.m. – Student-Athletes speak at St. George’s School
Wednesday, April 23
8:25 a.m. – Student-Athletes speak at Lakeside High School
10:30 a.m. – Student-Athletes speak at Gonzaga Prep
Thursday, April 24
7:30 a.m. – Beau Baldwin speaks at Spokane Youth Sports Association (SYSA) Annual Breakfast, Northern Quest Resort and Casino (introduced by Bill Chaves)
9 a.m. – Student-Athletes speak at Riverside School District
1:45 p.m. – Student-Athletes speak at Cheney High School
Friday, April 25
1:20 p.m. – Student-Athletes speak at Medical Lake High School
Noon – 27th Annual EWU Football Coaches Golf Tournament, Fairways Golf Course
Saturday, April 26
11:00 a.m. – EWU Volleyball Spring Scrimmage
2:00 p.m. – Red-White Spring Football Game
4:30 p.m. – 33rd Annual Orland Killin Dinner, Dance & Auction
33rd Annual Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction is April 26 at EWU as Part of “Eagle Week”
Tickets are now on sale for the 33rd Annual Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction, which is the featured event of “Eagle Week” at Eastern Washington University. The event follows the annual Red-White Spring Football Game on April 26 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field in Cheney, Wash.
Tickets are $100 per individual and $700 for a table of eight. Online ordering is now available via the events link at http://alumni.ewu.edu/Killin2004. All tickets will be mailed out by April 15. Any tickets purchased after April 15 will be held at will call at the main entrance.
Killin takes place at the EWU Sports and Recreation Center. The event starts with a social hour and auction at 4:30 p.m., followed by the dinner (6:15 p.m.), program/presentations/live auction (7:15 p.m.) and dancing (8 p.m.).
Besides online at www.goeags.com, tickets may also be obtained by calling 509-359-2463 or 1-800-648-7697.
Net proceeds benefit areas of greatest need within Eastern Athletics. The event is named in honor of Orland Killin, who, along with his wife Bernice, helped create the event. Killin was a man immensely dedicated to academics and the integrity of Eastern Washington University, serving as professor, faculty athletic representative and faculty president. He was an Eastern football letter winner in 1941-42.
Other events taking place as part of “Eagle Week” will be announced in the coming weeks. There is no admission charged for the Red-White Game, which will also be televised throughout Eastern Washington by SWX. Volleyball and soccer scrimmages are also expected to take place on April 26.
Taking place the day before on Friday, April 25, is the 27th Annual Coaches Golf Tournament. The golf tournament takes place at the Fairways Golf Course near Cheney, Wash., at noon. Registration and information for that event is available via the “Eagle Week” page at: http://goeags.com/trads/ewas-eagleweek.html
Spring Practice Schedule
Practices take place various days through May 1. Most practices are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. (media interviews at approximately 3:35 p.m. or after practice at about 6 p.m.). All practices take place at Roos Field. Scrimmages also take place on the red Sprinturf surface at the “Inferno” in Cheney, Wash.
April 22 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 24 - Practice, 4 p.m.
April 26 – Red-White Spring Game, 2 p.m., Roos Field
April 29 - Practice, 4 p.m.
May 1 – Practice, 4 p.m.
Annual Red-White Game Televised Live on SWX
The annual Red-White Game will take place on Saturday, April 26 at 2 p.m. at Roos Field in conjunction with Eagle Week at EWU and the Orland Killin Lobster Dinner, Dance and Auction. The Red-White Game will be televised live in the Spokane area by SWX -- SWX digital 6.2 in Spokane/Cheney/Sandpoint/Lewiston, 23.3 in Yakima and 25.3 in the Tri-Cities; also via Comcast 306 (Spokane); Davis Cable 514/81.2/12 (Cheney); Time Warner 306 (Coeur d’Alene & Pullman/Moscow); Charter 287 (Tri-Cities/Yakima), Cable One 466 (Lewiston) and Northland Cable 115 (Moses Lake & Sandpoint). KHQ/SWX Sports Director Sam Adams will handle the play-by-play, Bob Castle will be the color commentator and Larry Weir will provide sideline reports.