Los Angeles Preps: Eamon McOsker
October, 10, 2011
By Tim Haddock | ESPNLosAngeles.com
- The most glaring stat from Westlake’s 43-21 win over Oaks Christian is the rushing yard comparison. Westlake rushed for 444 yards to Oaks Christian’s 156. Westlake had two players with more than 100 yards rushing. Quarterback Justin Moore gained 226 yards and scored a touchdown. Jarrius Bishop had 104 yards and scored a touchdown. For good measure, Dashon Hunt had 80 yards and scored a touchdown. Oaks Christian had only five runs of 12 yards or more and only two rushes of more than 20 yards. Perhaps the more telling stat from the game was the turnover ratio. Westlake forced four turnovers and did not commit any. All of Oaks Christian’s turnovers came at key moments. With Westlake up 20-14 in the second quarter, Oaks Christian drove to the Warriors 13-yard line. But Bradley Wellman picked off Brandon Dawkins and ended the Oaks Christian scoring threat. Westlake proceeded to drive 77 yards in eight plays to take a 27-14 lead on a touchdown run by Bishop. On the ensuing drive, Oaks Christian running back Ishmael Adams broke off the biggest rush of the game, a 43-yarder that gave the Lions a first-and-10 on the Westlake 37-yard line. But Westlake defensive end Johnny Stuart sacked Dawkins on the next play, forced a fumble and recovered the football to end the first half. With Westlake up 37-21 in the fourth quarter, Moore, playing defensive back, picked off Dawkins and set up one of Alex Ball’s five field goals. Jordie Hannel forced the fourth turnover by sacking Dawkins late in the fourth quarter and causing him to fumble on the Oaks Christian 22-yard line. It led to Ball’s last field goal of the game. Westlake sacked Dawkins five times in the game. Ball tied the school record with 29 field goals in his career. Jordan Mannisto, a senior at the University of Houston, kicked 29 field goals for Westlake from 2005 to '07. Ball, a senior, has kicked 12 field goals in five games this season.
October, 8, 2011
By Tim Haddock | ESPNLosAngeles.com
VALLEY GLEN -- The Loyola football team came up with four big, game-changing plays against Valencia at L.A. Valley College on Saturday night. But Loyola coach Mike Christensen said a little nine-yard touchdown pass and dominating defense were the reasons for his team’s 28-10 win over the visting Vikings.
However the game is dissected, one player stood out: Loyola’s Eamon McOsker.
He scored two touchdowns, one on a 65-yard fumble recovery and another on a nine-yard catch. He returned the opening kickoff 66 yards to the Valencia 33-yard line and set up his team’s first touchdown.
McOsker had a complete game, coming up with big plays on offense, defense and special teams. His touchdown catch in the third quarter impressed Christensen the most.
“That catch was the best play of the night,” Christensen said. “I think he’s our best football player. We’re glad he’s on our side.”
On a night when there weren’t that many great plays, McOsker came up with the most. Both teams played a great defensive game. Valencia (2-3) gave up only 74 yards of offense to Loyola in the first half. Loyola (5-1) held the Vikings to 107 yards of offense at halftime. But the Cubs, the No. 16 team in the ESPNLA.com prep football Top 25 rankings, went into halftime with a 14-3 lead.
The difference in the first half was the opening kickoff return by McOsker and two short touchdown runs by Cameron Walker. The first kickoff return resulted in a four-play, 33-yard drive that was capped by a four-yard touchdown run by Walker.
Walker scored his second touchdown on a one-yard run in the second quarter. He only rushed for 23 yards in eight carries in the first half and didn’t have a single carry in the second half.
Valencia’s only points in the first half came on a 19-yard field goal by Brett Schreiber in the second quarter. Valencia drove down to the Loyola two-yard line but couldn’t punch the football in for a touchdown.
“Defensively, we dominated the game,” Christensen said. “Offensively, there’s a lot of plays that didn’t work because of penalties.”