Eagle tramples Timberline

SPECIAL TO THE STATESMANOctober 26, 2013 

EAGLE — The Eagle High football team is best known for its up-tempo offense led by dual-threat quarterbacks J.T. Williams and Hunter Floyd.

Friday night at Thunder Stadium, the Mustangs showed they can play a little defense, too. Eagle forced three turnovers and held Timberline scoreless until the final play of the third quarter as the Mustangs rolled to a 41-13 victory.

Williams had three rushing touchdowns and threw for another score to lead Eagle (6-2). Floyd added a highlight-reel, 41-yard TD scamper for the playoff-bound Mustangs.

“I thought we dominated the line of scrimmage and played good, fundamental football,” Eagle coach Paul Peterson said. “Our defense has been solid for us, but I was especially proud of our effort there tonight. We executed in all three phases.”

Williams scored on runs of 9, 5 and 56 yards while rolling up 246 yards of total offense. The senior’s long TD burst down the sideline put the game out of reach early in the third quarter.

Junior defensive back Ian Vandegriff made a diving interception and was in on an Eagle fumble recovery. Defensive lineman Nick Kuzmack also scooped up a fumble after one of three sacks by the Mustangs.

Eagle held the Wolves to just 45 yards passing and 236 yards overall.

“Our defense did a great job,” Williams said. “They swung momentum for us forcing all those punts and coming up with a few turnovers, too. They were really grinding for us tonight.”

Eagle dominated from the outset. The Mustangs scored on their first drive, an efficient march capped by Williams’ 9-yard keeper.

The Mustangs went to the air for their second TD, with Williams launching a perfect 26-yard strike to junior Kam Lane in the back of the end zone.

Williams and senior receiver Nick Wheeler — who had 67 yards rushing and 64 more receiving — added second-quarter TD runs, staking Eagle to a 27-0 halftime lead.

Senior tailback Bambam Phanmaha rushed for 153 yards for Timberline, including a 42-yard TD burst on the final play of the third quarter. The Wolves (4-4) remain in line for the fifth and final 5A SIC playoff berth.

Eagle, meanwhile, has a Halloween showdown looming with unbeaten Capital next week.

“This is an exciting time of year,” Peterson said. “As long as we take care of the football and play defense like we did tonight, who knows what could happen in the next month?”

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