September 7, 2016 by Daniel Appel
The Eagles took their first game of the season in convincing fashion, a 14-0 win over the rebuilding Augsburg Auggies.
Oh, and Corban Halbur is the quarterback we’ve been waiting for.
#11 lit the game on fire when he sprinted 16 yards on 4th and 11, which led to the Eagles’ first touchdown. He capped off the night by throwing a dime to the corner of the end zone to Cody Carlson which pounded the final nails in the coffin.
Now, the Eagles turn to UMAC play on the road.
Crown dropped their opener on the road to MIAC basement-dweller Hamline, 29-9. The Storm are returning to St. Bonifacious for their second game, although there is cause for concern: the Eagles are an much tougher matchup than the mediocre Pipers.
UNW completely shut down Augsburg, who averaged over 30 points a game last season, while keeping them under 300 yards on a whopping 13 possessions. If you’re doing the math at home, they held Augsburg under 25 yards per possession. The Eagles also picked off 2 passes, had seven sacks, and earned five turnovers on downs.
- Taylor Watkins starts his second career game for Crown. He threw three picks last week, going 18-30 for 202 yards and no scores. Expect pressure early and often from the Eagles, who sacked elite mobile QB Ray Guyton 7 times and hit him 10.
- B.J. Foster had a pedestrian game against the Auggies, with 26 carries for 64 yards. Expect Foster to break lose numerous times against a porous Crown front seven.
- Corban Halbur showed a proficiency for the deep ball, throwing multiple perfect strikes to Carlson, Duerwachter, and Welch. If UNW establishes the run early like they prefer, it’ll open up chances for UNW down field.
- UNW’s defense forced two turnovers, collected seven sacks, and a racked up a ridiculous 13 tackles for loss against an immensely talented and hulking Auggie line. While Crown’s doesn’t exactly compare, the Storm didn’t allow their QB to be sacked on Saturday (according to the stat sheet).
The Eagles are heavily favored to take this one. The pedal will be to the floor from the get-go on defense, and Halbur’s Four Horsemen of the Offenpocalypse (Halbur, Carlson, Duerwachter, Foster) will take care of business on the other side.
- Final score: UNW 42 Crown 6
- Halbur: 19-28 226 yds, 3 TD
- Foster: 20 carries, 114 yds, 2 TD
- Carlson: 7 catches, 84 yds, 2 TD
- Defense: 6 sacks, 3 INT, 2 FF, 1 TD