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Game Day: Let’s kick it!

Less than six hours until the NCAA Division I Championship football game between EWU and Delaware kicks off Pizza Hut Park here in Frisco, Texas.  I just strolled over to the park, where the vendors are setting up shop. The tailgating should start shortly, and I hope to see a few of the former Eastern players who are supposed to be here.

Ran into former Buck Buchanana Award winner Greg Peach, who at the banquet last night when Eagles linebacker J.C. Sherritt picked up this year's Buchanan Award.  In case you missed it, here's the link to story on Sherritt.

In addition, you can read the game advance that ran in Friday morning' s S-R here, you can see what columnist John Blanchette wrote about the upcoming game here, and you can check out the latest Walter Brother installment of their Road to Frisco series here.

I've also included this link to a EWU notebook that ran in this morning's S-R, and this link to all things Eastern.

Waking up in Frisco without a hangover

Arrived in Frisco, Texas, last night about 11:15 and went straight to the hotel to check in.

Big mistake.  Huge!  Because after dropping off our bags in our rooms we headed back out to find a burger and beer — only to learn that every bar AND convenience story in the weird little community just north of Dallas shuts down at midnight.

Never thought I would say it, but thank you, Whattaburger.  At least I didn't go to bed hungry — just sober AND angry.

But the morning has dawned, leaving me in much better spirits, mainly because of this hilarious piece, written by a couple of my favorite  Eastern Washington alums, who are following the Eagles on this last leg of their unlikely journey to Friday's championship game of the FCS playoffs.  I've also included this link ot the feature story I did on EWU's twin brother Zach and Matt Johnson.

That's it for now. There are luncheons and practice sessions to attend this afternoon, followed by an awards banquet tonight, where Eagles linebacker J.C. Sherritt just might pick up some hardware as the nation's best defensive player.  We'll see, and report back when we officially learn the winner of this year's Buck Buchanan Award.

More on Eags’ semifinal win over Villanova

Back a little later than I had hoped, but, as promised, I’ve provided some links below to stories related to Eastern Washington’s 41-31 win over defending national champion Villanova in Friday’s semifinals of the FCS playoffs.

Read on, but before you do, check out this link to the day-after notebook that will run in Sunday morning’ s S-R.

Check out game story on Eagles’ historic win

You can get an early look at the game story on Eastern’s 41-31 FCS semifinal playoff win over Villanova that will appear in Saturday morning’s S-R here.  And check back tomorrow for additional links to other related stories, along with more comments from the players and coaches involved in Friday night’s game.



Eagles earn berth in FCS title game

Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns Friday night, leading Eastern Washington to a 41-31 win over Villanova in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs at Roos Field.

The Eagles will play the winner of Saturday’s Delaware-Georgia Southern semi in the NCAA Division I Championship in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 7. 

Eagles brace for semifinal showdown

Defending national champion Villanova and No. 1-ranked Eastern Washington University clash tonight at Roos Field in the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Kickoff is set for 5, and the matchup promises to be entertaining.  You can read the game advance tha appeared in Friday morning’s S-R here, and you take a look on the feature story I did on Villanova’s do-everything senior wide receiver Matt Szczur here. I’ve also included some addition links to related stories below.

EWU to host Villanova on Friday

Top-ranked and fifth-seeded Eastern Washington will entertain defending national champion Villanova in the semifinals of the FCS playoffs at Roos Field on Friday. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m., with the game being televised on ESPN2.

You can get more details here.


Eags face another built-to-run opponent

For the second-straight weekend, the Eastern Washington’s defense will be geared up to stop the run on Saturday when the No. 1-ranked Eagles play host to North Dakota State in the quarterfinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

You can click here for an early look at the game advance that will appear in Saturday’s S-R.

A look back at Eastern’s big playoff win

Eastern Washington’s 37-17 win over Southeast Missouri State in Saturday’s second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs moved the top-ranked and fifth-seeded Eagles into the quarterfinals, where they will host unseeded North Dakota State at Roos Field this coming Friday or Saturday.

I’ve included some links to related FCS playoffs stories below and will post a link later this evening to a day-after story on Eastern’s win over SEMO that will appear in Monday morning’s S-R.

Read on.

Back with link to EWU’s game story

As promised, I’m back with this link to the story that will appear in Sunday’s S-R about Eastern Washington’s 37-17 Roos Field win over Southeast Missouri State in the second round of the FCS playoffs.

And check back on Sunday for addition links to related stories.


Jones runs wild as Eagles advance

Taiwan Jones rshed for 168 yards and two touchdowns and Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 178 yards and two more scores at Roos Field Saturday aftenoon as No. 1-ranked and 5th-seeded Eastern Washington University turned back visiting Southeast Missouri State 37-17 in the second round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

The win moved EWU in the quarterfinals of the playoffs and set up another home game against North Dakota — a 42-17 winner over 4th-seeded Montana State — next Friday or Saturday.

Check back later tonight for a link to the game story that will appear in Sunday morning’s S-R.



Dyslexia almost derailed Jones’ football dream

Becasue of his learning disability, Taiwan Jones fell off the recruiting radar of the big-name football schools.  But the junior running back has found a stage on which to perform at Eastern Washington University — and he’s getting by in the classroom, as well.

You can read the feature story on Jones that appeared in Thursday morning’s S-R here.  And I’ve included some links to other stories related to Eastern’s second-round FCS playoff matchup against Southeast Missouri Sate at Roos Field below.

Read on, and be sure to check back tomorrow to learn more about SEMO’s junior quarterback Matt Scheible.

Eagles fall in playoff opener

For the second week in a row, Eastern Washington’s defense had no answer to their opponent’s passing game.  This time, however, the offense failed to make up for that glaring defensive deficiency, and the Eagles saw their season come to end with a 44-33 loss to Stephen F. Austin in the opening round of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

You can read what EWU’s sports information department wrote about the game here, and you can check out what SFA’s sport info folks posted here. I’ve also included this link to the short Associated Press story that appeared earlier in the day in The Spokesman-Review.

Additional details on the game should be posted later on the S-R website at www.spokesman.com.