The Mountaineers came up on the short end of 63-35 score in their last home game against Southern Oregon University’s Raiders.
The game was not as lopsided as the score may indicate. The Mounties gave the Raiders a good fight for the most part.
The Raiders started the game reeling off 21 straight unanswered points before EOU kicked into high gear. The Mounties roared back with scores of their own, tying the game at 21 with 6:40 left in the second quarter. Halftime found the Raiders up 35-21.
The second half the game slowly slipped away as the physical play from the larger Raiders took its toll on the Mounties.
The Raider offense picked apart the Mountie defense with their precision aerial attack and clock-consuming, punishing ground game.
The Mountie offense managed two more scores in the second half. Quarterback Jason Simonis connected with receiver Jace Billingsley for a 38-yard touchdown pass with just over 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
The Mounties final score came in the fourth quarter when Simonis threaded a 20-yard TD pass to Justin Reynolds with 3:41 remaining in the game.
On a positive note, both teams took a knee in honor of EOU quarterback Simonis. He sustained a tremendous hit which left him laid out on the field for some time with only a couple of minutes remaining. Players honoring fallen opponents– that’s good football.