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Aaron Best ready for second season at the helm

Aaron Best ready for second season at the helm

By Taylor Newquist, Reporter

June 7, 2018


Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

Aaron Best has been a part of the EWU football program for 20 of the last 21 years, beginning with his playing career in 1996. This fall, Best will start his second year as the Eagles’ head coach, after finishing 7-4 in his first campaign. He began his career for the Eagles as long snapper and center, s...

Gage Gubrud, EWU offense primed for productive 2018

Gage Gubrud, EWU offense primed for productive 2018

By Michael Brock, Sports Editor

May 10, 2018


Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

After being snubbed from the FCS playoffs in November, the EWU football team has a new motto for the upcoming season: Leave No Doubt. In 2017, the Eagles went 7–4 overall (6–2 in Big Sky Conference) and had the sixth-ranked FCS offense in terms of overall yards per game. Still, when the 24-...

Defense shines in EWU’s Red-White spring game

Defense shines in EWU’s Red-White spring game

By Michael Brock, Sports Editor

May 2, 2018


Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

For the first time in a handful of months, the Eagles finally strapped up for four quarters of action on The Inferno on April 28. In the EWU football team’s annual Red-White game, which comes at the end of a month of spring drills, the White won 17–0. After an empty possession by the Red, the Whi...

Rain dampens EWU football’s first full scrimmage

Rain dampens EWU football’s first full scrimmage

By Michael Brock, Sports Editor

April 18, 2018


Filed under Football, Sports

After two weeks of drills, which included a handful of practices and a short 30-play scrimmage, the EWU football team went through its first full scrimmage of the spring on April 13. The 70-play session took place at Roos Field in rainy conditions with both sides of the ball making highlights. Des...

EWU football opens spring drills with familiar feel

EWU football opens spring drills with familiar feel

By Michael Brock, Sports Editor

April 4, 2018


Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

As second-year EWU head football coach Aaron Best likes to say: “Practice makes permanent.” Fortunately for Best, his 2018-19 team has a haul of players with plenty of it. The Eagles began spring drills on April 3 with a multitude of returners, including 56 letter winners and 17 returning st...

EWU football player faces charges of hit-and-run to unattended property

EWU football player faces charges of hit-and-run to unattended property

By Michael Brock, Sports Editor

April 1, 2018


Filed under Carousel, Football, News, Sports

EWU football player Keenan Williams has been suspended indefinitely following an incident that occurred in the late hours of March 9. According to witnesses cited in report from the Cheney Police Department, Williams drove his Ford F-250 pickup truck into Building 17 at the Eagle Point Apartments...

From EWU to the NFL: Kendrick was Bourne for this

From EWU to the NFL: Kendrick was Bourne for this

By Logan Stanley, Managing Editor

January 10, 2018


Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

Back in September 2014, then-sophomore wide receiver Kendrick Bourne was relatively unknown to most people. The 19-year-old Bourne barely saw the field in his first season at EWU, as he recorded only seven receptions for 113 yards. But before the game against the University of Washington in early Septembe...

EWU football misses out on FCS playoffs

EWU football misses out on FCS playoffs

By Michael Brock, Sports Editor

November 19, 2017


Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

The EWU football season is over. On Sunday morning, the FCS committee announced the 24-team playoff bracket on ESPNU, and the Eagles were left out. Head coach Aaron Best was in disbelief following the outcome. "Shocked," said Best. "Absolutely shocked. I felt like our resume was bold, was strong....

No. 18 EWU football flattens Portland State on Senior Night

No. 18 EWU football flattens Portland State on Senior Night

By Michael Brock, Sports Editor

November 18, 2017


Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

On Senior Night at Roos Field, the No. 18 ranked EWU football team demolished Portland State University 59-33. The Eagles outscored the Vikings 28-0 in the third quarter, and senior wide receiver Nic Sblendorio nearly broke the school's single-game receiving record in the final game of the regular season. With...

No. 19 EWU football keeps playoff hopes alive with road win over North Dakota

No. 19 EWU football keeps playoff hopes alive with road win over North Dakota

By Michael Brock, Sports Editor

November 13, 2017


Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

There is an old saying in competitive sports: "A win is a win." No matter how the team gets the job done, as long as they end up in the left side of the win-loss column the game can be deemed a success. This assertion rings especially true for the EWU football team, as they faced a demanding situation...

No. 11 EWU football stumbles again, falls to Weber State on Homecoming night

No. 11 EWU football stumbles again, falls to Weber State on Homecoming night

By Michael Brock, Sports Editor

November 4, 2017


Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

Snow—as well as the EWU football team—fell in Cheney on Saturday afternoon. On a brisk 33-degree afternoon at Roos Field, the Eagles lost to Weber State 28-20 as sizable snowflakes sprinkled the field for the majority of the contest. With the loss, EWU is now 4-2 in Big Sky Conference play and...

No. 10 EWU Football Stages Late Comeback to Beat UC Davis, 41-38

No. 10 EWU Football Stages Late Comeback to Beat UC Davis, 41-38

By Michael Brock, Sports Editor

October 8, 2017


Filed under Carousel, Football, Sports

A couple weeks ago, after the EWU football team came back from a 24-6 halftime deficit to beat Montana 48-41, head coach Aaron Best marveled at his team’s resiliency. “It’s unconventional sometimes where we put ourselves behind the eight ball time after time," said Best. "Then they find a way...

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