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Scott, EP dominate Pelicans

EAGLE POINT -- Behind an explosive offense and a stingy defense, EaglePoint bounced back from a tough loss last week with a sound 46-0 drubbingof Klamath Union on Friday night.

Showing no ill effects from the 31-6 loss to Roseburg, Eagle Point scoredearly and often, putting the game out of reach by halftime.

In fact, the 10th-ranked Eagles led 6-0 before their offensive unit evenset foot on the field, thanks to a nifty 55-yard punt return by Luke Scott.

The senior fielded the ball on the run and weaved his way through would-betacklers, stopping briefly at the 20-yard line to break a pair of tacklesbefore scoring.

There was an awesome wall set up on the sideline, Scott said.I didn't even see the coverage so I took off. It makes it easy whenyou have guys out there blowing things open for you.

Scott added his second score on an 80-yard catch and carry from quarterbackDan Shopp. On the play, Scott turned a simple quick hitch pattern into ashowcase for his speed and open-field running abilities.

There is nothing like getting an 80-yard touchdown pass when youthrow the ball six yards downfield, said Shopp.

Scott completed the hat trick in the second quarter with a 39-yard versionof the same play.

It was there all night and (Shopp) was right on target, Scottsaid.

Shopp was on target to the tune of 231 yards in the first half alone,146 of that into the hands (and legs) of Scott.

Not to be outdone by the nimble wide out, Shopp decided to get in theend zone himself before intermission with a 12-yard jaunt that actuallycovered closer to 80 yards.

The play started out innocent enough, with Shopp sprinting out to theright looking for a target. With noboby open, he tucked the ball down torun, stopped just shy of the right sideline, reversed field and went allthe way back to the left, dancing and dodging Pelicans all the way to paydirt.

It just happened, the quarterback explained. Nobodywas open so I improvised.

Overshadowed by the big plays was the solid performance of Eagle runningback Sean Johnston. Johnston paced the Eagle ground game with 103 yardson 16 carries and continued to keep the chains moving and the clock tickingin the second half. The junior added 29 yards receiving.

It's nice to have a game like this after last week, saidEagle Point head coach Mike Johnston. It will pick our confidenceup a bit.

Despite the big win, the Eagles did have their problems moving the ball,according to Johnston.

We were real sluggish on offense early in the game, he said.Except for a few big plays, we didn't move the ball like we wantedto.

A first-quarter drive was halted at the Pelican 20. A penalty and twodropped passes stalled a second-quarter opportunity inside the 10.

The Eagle defense, however, was on track every time they took the field.They limited the Pelicans to 92 yards of total offense, including a negative23 rushing, forced three fumbles (recovering two), returned an interception25 yards for a touchdown and nearly had a safety when it appeared KlamathUnion's Jordan Fenner was hit in the backfield.

The defense played really well throughout the game, coachJohnston said. I was pleased with their effort the entire game.

Klamath Union (0-3, 0-3) never got things going, but never gave up, accordingto Scott.

We didn't think (Klamath) would be too strong, but they playedhard, hit hard and never stopped playing football, Scott said. Ihave nothing but respect for those guys.

Eagle Point sacked quarterback Dylan Woodrum six times, two each by JasonTaylor and Luke Lehman.

We're going to enjoy this one a bit, but next week it's a new game,Johnston said of Eagle Point's matchup with No. 1-ranked Ashland.

Ashland is an outstanding high school team and they represent awhole new set of challenges for us. They're the number one team in the stateand we've got some work to do.

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