Ellinwood Eagles vs. Goessel Bluebirds Preview - 10/10/2014

posted Oct 8, 2014, 11:41 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 8, 2014, 11:56 AM ]
Ellinwood Eagles (2-3) will travel to eastern Kansas Friday night to battle the Goessel Bluebirds (1-4).  Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at the Goessel High School Football Field.  The forecasted weather for kickoff is 50 degrees with a 60% chance of rain.  The game will be broadcasted on High School Cube by the Eagle Sports Network.

Ellinwood Eagles – Head Coach Dusty Beam

Offensive Leaders Preview:

Passing – Sophomore quarterback, #7 Tyson Martinez has had a nice season. Completing 42 out of his 71 passes for 791 yards, Martinez has thrown for eight touchdowns in five games.  Martinez is averaging 18.8 yards with each completion with over six different receivers as a passing target.

Rushing – Junior running back Jordan Duvall has brought toughness to the running game this season.  He leads the team with 510 rushing yards on 67 carries, averaging 102 rushing yards per game.  He also has 8 touchdowns on the ground.  He’s not the only one running the ball well, as junior Kaleb Schartz is averaging 74.3 yards rushing per game.

Receiving – Senior receiver Mark Waite is leading the receivers this year as he is averaging 18.1 yards per catch with 19 receptions and two touchdowns.  Sophomore Tate Fisher has had a respectable year for the Eagles.  He has 11 competitions for two touchdowns while averaging 21.2 yards per catch.

Defense Preview:

Jordan Duvall not only is crafting a great offensive game, but is also making noise on the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker.  In five games so far, he has tallied 26 solo/12 assisted tackles.  He is averaging 7.6 tackles per game.  Junior linebacker Chance Baker is next in line with 18 solo/4 assisted tackles.  The Eagles are seeking to stop the run game of the Bluebirds, so the Eagle linebackers will need to swarm to the ball and help the defensive line.  The linemen consist of junior Steven Cortez (2.8 tackles/game), senior Keaton Goering (2.4 tackles/game) and junior Josiah Caspers (2.0 tackles/game).  Each has a sack on the season thus far.  The defensive backs for the Eagles will need to keep their head on a swivel to stop the Bluebird passing attack.  Mark Waite has two interceptions with 16 total tackles and Tyson Martinez has one interception with 8 tackles this season.


Getting to know your opponent:

The Goessel Bluebirds (1-4), coached by Garrett Hiebert, have played a challenging schedule thus far into the season.  Losing the first three games by a margin of 28-132, they fought for their first win of the season by beating Sylvan-Lucas 40-32.  Last week, Goessel lost to a tough Little River team by a score of 6-54.  The Bluebirds are led by their steady run attack on offense, who have three individuals with more than 150 yards on the ground.  Senior running back Kellen Froese leads the rushing attack with 198 yards and 1 touchdown.  Josh Schmidt, a sophomore is close behind with 192 rushing yards with four touchdowns.  Junior quarterback, Chase Flaming #16, has completed 7 passes on the season so far with 99 yards in the air.  Defensively, they are led by junior Matt Regier and sophomore Miguel Guerrero with 24 total tackles apiece. 

Three players to watch:

1.       #1 – Josh Schmidt, sophomore RB-DB – Josh has had a solid second season with the Bluebirds this year.  Leading his team in touchdowns with four, he has played multiple positions thus far this season.  He has passed for 26 yards, rushed for 192 yards and made 12 total tackles.

2.       #10 – Miguel Guerrero, sophomore RB-LB – Miguel is the leading all-purpose yards per game athlete for the Bluebirds with 57.3.  With 4 games under his belt, he has rushed for 153 yards and returned 76 yards on kickoffs.  However, on defense, he has shown to step up for Goessel with 17 solo tackles/7 assisted.  He is averaging 6 tackles per game.

3.       #20 – Kellen Froese, senior RB-LB – With 4 games into his senior season, Kellen has shown to be a leader for his team.  Leading his team in rushing yards with 198, he is averaging 5.1 yards per carry with one touchdown.  Froese also has 2 catches for 26 yards.  Kellen is showing his toughness on the defensive side of the ball by recording 11 solo/8 assisted tackles with 2.5 for a loss. 

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