EOU falls to No. 11 Carroll, 28-7

By EOU Athletics September 25, 2012 08:47 am

EOU Athletics

Helena, Mont. — In a series that has featured two great quarterbacks over the last several years, the Eastern Oregon University and Carroll College football teams were left to see who would emerge in Saturday’s high-profile meeting in Helena, Mont.

EOU Athletics

Helena, Mont. — In a series that has featured two great quarterbacks over the last several years, the Eastern Oregon University and Carroll College football teams were left to see who would emerge in Saturday’s high-profile meeting in Helena, Mont.

It was the Saints’  junior quarterback Dakota Stonehouse who emerged as the hero in a battle of top-25 teams. 

The Saints, ranked No. 11 in the latest NAIA poll, pulled out a 28-7 win in Nelson stadium. 

The win avenges a loss last season that sent shockwaves around the country. Carroll had won 44 straight league games dating back to 2006 before the 41-33 loss Sept. 10.

Stonehouse opened the scoring by showing off his speed, taking a keeper 73 yards down the right side of the field for the opening score. The signal caller had 157 rushing yards through the first four games of the season. He nearly eclipsed that mark against the Mountaineers. 

Stonehouse amassed 138 yards on 21 carries with the one touchdown.

As a team the Saints (3-2, 3-1) rushed for 256 yards. Carroll entered the game averaging 199 rushing yards per game. Chance Demarias added 95 yards on 22 carries.

Stonehouse didn’t throw a lot, been when he did the completions went for big plays. Completing 12-of-19 passes for 179 yards, the 6-foot-1 Colorado native tossed three touchdown passes.

Anthony Clark was the recipient of two of the touchdown passes, and Carroll with five receptions for 85 yards. Jared Mayernik reeled in the other scoring pass, a 26-yarder for his lone catch on the day.

After jumping out on top of the Mountaineers (2-1, 2-1), Carroll’s defense took over. But not in the way it had so far this season. 

The Saints entered the game leading the NAIA in sacks with 18 through four games. 

EOU kept its quarterback upright all game long by not surrendering a sack.

However, Jason Simonis didn’t hit many big plays in the passing game. 

He completed 29 of 41 attempts for 143 yards, a 3.5 average per completion. 

The Mountaineers completed three passing plays over 10 yards, with the longest a 31-yard touchdown strike to Justin Reynolds with 5:41 left in the fourth quarter.  

The Mountaineers were without quarterback Tyler Pine, the team leader in passing yards per game, for undisclosed reasons. 

It’s the first game this season that head coach Tim Camp didn’t use a dual-quarterback threat.

EOU succeeded when running the ball, but was forced to go to the air trailing 28-0 at the half. 

As a team the Mountaineers carried the ball 22 times for 109 yards. Christopher McGinnis-Parker led the team with 55 yards on eight attempts.

Joseph Johnson led the receiving corps with eight receptions for 84 yards. Reynolds pulled in three catches for 41 yards.

The Mountaineers will return home to Community Stadium next week after a two week absence when the University of Montana Western comes to town for a 1 p.m. kickoff Saturday. 

The Bulldogs (1-3, 1-3) fell to Montana-State University Northern 46-39. Carroll will travel to Dickinson State (1-2, 1-2) Saturday.

Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Community Stadium. Live video and stats will be available on EOUSports.com, with live radio on KCMB 104.7 FM. A live television broadcast will be on Charter Channel 3 in La Grande. It will also be Military
Appreciation Day.