MOUNTAINEER GETS MENINGITIS
By The Observer
BURNABY, British Columbia The Eastern Oregon Mountaineers had their minds on teammate Drew Storm during Saturdays 23-8 loss to Simon Fraser.
Storm, a tight end, was taken to Grande Ronde Hospital Friday morning before the team left and was diagnosed with meningitis. He was in intensive care Sunday evening with good vital signs, but he was not responding to visitors, coach Rob Cushman said.
Were really concerned about him, Cushman said.
Storm had showed signs of a cold last week and was starting to improve Thursday night. But by Friday morning his condition had worsened. Storms roommates had asked offensive coordinator Jim Fenwick to check on him, and when Fenwick arrived, he called 911.
The football team left for Canada as planned, and players and coaches used cell phones and called during stops to check on Storms condition and to find out whether he was contagious.
Cushman did not find out until just before kickoff Saturday that his players did not need to worry unless they were showing the same symptoms Storm had, which include headaches and cold symptoms.
No one has at this point, but were kind of still on alert, Cushman said.
It put Saturdays game in perspective. Once again, Eastern had trouble finding the end zone even though its defense played another solid game.
Two of Simon Frasers touchdowns came off Easterns two turnovers. J.R. Davies had a 14-yard touchdown pass to Emmy Unaegbu in the second quarter. That came seven plays after Eastern fullback Mike Kyle fumbled at Easterns 45-yard line.
With Simon Fraser (3-3) leading 16-8, Kyle fumbled again early in the fourth quarter, this time at the 50. Simon Frasers drive stalled at the 35, but a face mask penalty on Eastern, coupled with a personal foul, put the ball at the 10. Two plays later, Davies hit Umaegbu again to put the game away.
We had some critical penalties that just killed us, and they did too, Cushman said. We just couldnt come back after that.
Eastern (0-6) was in the game until then. Backup quarterback Ruben Villa started the second half with a seven-play, 61-yard drive that ended with his 8-yard touchdown run. He also ran in the two-point conversion and Eastern trailed 9-8.
Simon Fraser had gotten a 28-yard field goal from Rob Henschel late in the second quarter.
Villa took over for starter Mark Hanrahan for a series in the second quarter and had to stay in the game when Hanrahan injured a knee. Cushman said Hanrahan will be re-evaluated this week, but he thinks Hanrahan injured a ligament, which could knock him out for a while.
Villa completed 14-of-27 passes for 131 yards.
We liked our chances, but (the penalties) just made it very difficult, Cushman said. Weve been gaining yards but having difficulty scoring.
Easterns defense got 15 tackles from Brett Ekart and 11 from Brock Jorgensen. The Moun-taineers sacked Davies three times.
Eastern hosts Whitworth on Saturday.
Eastern Oregon 0 0 8 0 8
Simon Fraser 0 9 7 7 23
SF Emmy Unaegbu 14 pass from J.R. Davies (pass failed), 12:38
SF Rob Henschel 28 FG, 0:33
EO Ruben Villa 8 run (Villa run), 12:13
SF Davies 6 run (Henschel kick), 6:24
SF Unaegbu 9 pass from Davies (Henschel kick), 11:26
First downs 20 17
Rushes-yards 48-157 38-155
Passing yards 131 124
Comp-att-int 14-27-0 13-24-0
Punts 5-29.2 5-35.8
Fumbles-lost 3-2 1-1
Punt returns-yards 1-1 2-9
Kickoff returns-yards 3-46 2-64
Penalties-yards 8-100 13-114
Third-down conversions 5 of 14 6 of 15
Fourth-down conversions 0 of 3 0 of 0
Sacks byyards lost 3-7 3-23
Time of possession 30:27 29:33
RUSHING Eastern Oregon, Kyle 18-79, Villa 17-33, Morriss 2-13, Hamlin 5-10, Smith 1-10, Hanrahan 5-4, Allard 0-8. Simon Fraser, Vilimek 25-107, Davies 10-38, Kipps 3-10.
PASSING Eastern Oregon, Villa 14-27-0-131. Simon Fraser, Davies 13-24-0-124.
RECEIVING Eastern Oregon, Nyby 5-54, Hannah 4-48, Allard 2-14, Hamlin 2-18, Hanrahan 1-7. Simon Fraser, Unaegbu 6-48, Mahoney 3-49, Grant 2-12, Mammoliti 1-8, Jeans 1-7.
TACKLES FOR LOSSES Eastern Oregon, Wilson 2-5, Level 2-5, Van 1-1, Pritchett 1-1. Simon Fraser, Cheng 3-17, Osei 1-8, Dumas 1-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS Simon Fraser, Henschel 37.