A long time coming for Eagles

Klahowya quarterback Chris Miller cuts outside for some of his 80 yards in the Eagles’ 36-13 drubbing of Life Christian. - Photo by Kent Soule/Hoot Creek Photography
Klahowya quarterback Chris Miller cuts outside for some of his 80 yards in the Eagles’ 36-13 drubbing of Life Christian.
— image credit: Photo by Kent Soule/Hoot Creek Photography

taff writer

Klahowya football coach Brad Hamblet has had some memorable ice-water showers before, especially following last season’s stateward run by the Eagles.

But with an 0-7 start to the 2005 campaign, it began to appear less and less like he would get one this season.

Well, Hamblet stood freezing on the field at Sivlerdale Stadium after his Eagles dumped Life Christian 36-13 at Silverdale Stadium Friday. In turn, his Eagles dumped ice water right back.

“I’ll tell you, that was the best coach shower I’ve had in a long time,” Hamblet said with a wide grin. “That was fun.”

For the first time this season, the Eagles played a full four quarters of intense, high-octane football.

The Eagles started off fast, scoring 12 points in the opening quarter on a pair of rushing scores by quarterback Chris Miller and runningback Isaac Solaita.

The opening drive took nearly 5 minutes off the clock and the Eagles moved the ball 72 yards. It was a consistent drive that would set the tone for the contest.

“That’s again, we controlled the tempo of the football game,” Hamblet said. “We controlled the ball. That was exactly what we wanted to do.”

The Eagles (1-7, 1-3) got an extra dose of pride, winning before a Homecoming crowd while topping the now 6-2 LCA Eagles (3-1 in Nisqually League play).

“It’s taken a while,” Hamblet said. “We have young players but we’re learning how to play the game. To see them play that way against a quality Life Christian football team, it’s just fun.”

Offensively, the Eagles basically moved the ball on the ground when and where they wanted to. Klahowya rushed for 344 ground yards, led by Solaita’s 157 on 24 carries. Miller ran for 60 yards on 10 carries, finding the end zone twice. Cody Kirkpatrick got in the mix with 12 carries for 71 yards and a score. AJ Tibbetts pounded for 39 yards and a score on 8 carries, making several first downs on short yardage.

“That was a great, great night,” Kirkpatrick, also a duke in Homecoming, said. “It’s a nice way to go out with a win on the home field.”

But the biggest gains the Eagles made were on defense. The Eagles recorded 4 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and blocked a point-after attempt.

Kirkpatrick was big on defense also, getting a pick.

JB Hosford recorded 2 sacks. He said it was the night this team has been waiting for.

“It feels amazing. All week long we’ve

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