On Thursday, Oct. 19th, the men’s varsity football team won a road matchup against the Taravella Trojans by a score of 47-20.
Coming into the game, many wondered if the offense would finally produce, as Ryan Kavanaugh (16) replaced Tyler Goodman (1) as the team’s starting quarterback.
The transition to an entirely new quarterback is not usually an easy one. An early delay of game call due to miscommunication showed how difficult it can be. However, it did not take long for Kavanaugh to get over the steep learning curve.
The junior quarterback found Christian Alcocer (7) for a touchdown on a shovel pass design- the first score of Kavanaugh’s career. This was only the beginning of an incredible performance from Alcocer, who scored 4 touchdowns, including a spectacular kick-return that he took all the way to the end zone.
Halfway through the second quarter, Kavanaugh scored with a long rushing touchdown. He finished with 158 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air, while also adding another 141 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Those two passing touchdowns are the first and second of the year for the Eagles.
With 6 total touchdowns from the offense, Kavanaugh now has the full support of the team.
“It feels great to know that we have someone back there who is a true playmaker that can always make something out of nothing,” center Lucas Taylor (52) said. “He stepped up when his number was called, and was huge for us in a key district win.”
Also, star wide receiver Tai Lehtio (88) made his long awaited return from his preseason foot injury that forced him to miss the first five games of the year.
“It felt great to be back on the field for a big team win,” Lehtio said. We came out and dominated them from the first play, playing great in all 3 phases of the game. I think that our hard work is starting to pay off.”
The Eagles are now to 3-3 this season and will look to improve that record in a district matchup at Piper High School with the Bengals on Monday, Oct. 23 at 5:00 pm.