|High School Football:
Eastern Easily Rolls Past Bishop Eustace
Saturday, September 8, 2001
By Vincent Lewis
SJSports Staff Writer
The Eastern Vikings traveled to their season opener in massive numbers when they visited Bishop Eustace Prep. What looked liked an endless number of white, blue and maroon uniforms, coach Dan Spittal lined up his team on the visitors sideline in intimidating fashion. Eastern had their way early in this game by scoring on three big plays from scrimmage to put the game away. Alex Goyins scored those first three touchdowns and Anthony Orio scored twice in the second half to give the Vikings a 42-14 win on the road.
On their first series from scrimmage, senior runningback Alex Goyins found a seam that the offensive line created and broke through with a 45-yard score. The Vikings were not satisfied with just one touchdown. The defense stopped Bishop Eustace quickly and gave Goyins another chance to score. Sophomore quarterback Anthony Orio lead Eastern's offensive again into scoring position. Goyins scored on a 30-yard run to give the Vikings a 14-0 head start. If you thought Goyins was done, think again. On a run that almost total the two previous touchdown runs, Goyins completed his scoring binge with a 70-yard run to cap off the first quarter.
During the second quarter, coach Spittal began alternating his second team into the game. The scoring slowed down, but not the defense. Eastern scored its fourth touchdown when the defense forced a fumble. Senior Jordan Hicks recovered the fumble and ran 55-yards for the touchdown and a 28-0 lead. The Crusaders would finally score before the half when senior runningback Shelton Epps scored on a 12-yard run.
Both teams traded scores in the second half. Vikings' Orio scored on a 25-yard touchdown in the third quarter and a 34-yard score in the final quarter to complete the scoring for Eastern. Senior fullback Romeo Pacifico scored on a 7-yard run.
Photos by Art Redd