United Eagles (7-3 overall) (5-1 EOAC - 1st Place)

Eagles have a Tremendous Bounce Back Season

Following a difficult 2019 season, the United Eagles bounced back nicely in 2020 to record a very successful 7-3 record, including a big 45-35 win over Salem to conclude the year. Along the way the Eagles also won a share of the league championship and had a couple players set some new school records.

"We tied for a league championship, beat Salem and we got to play a full season," Eagles coach DJ Ogilvie cited as the positives from the 2020 season. "Offensively we averaged 34.50 points per game and over 280 yards passing the ball. Defensively, we did a great job of only giving up 18.3 points per game."

With those lofty passing averages per game in 2020, a couple players set some new school records. Both quarterback Brutus Ogilvie and receiver Keaton Baker enjoyed a great season as the two enjoyed a special chemistry all season.

"Brutus Ogilvie broke school records for passing yardage in a season, passing yardage in a game, and completions in a season. He also set the record for touchdown passes in a season and touchdown passes in a game. Keaton Baker broke the record for receiving yardage in a season, receiving yardage in a game, and receptions in a season," coach DJ Ogilvie said.

The Eagles placed nine performers on the 2020 All-EOAC team, including Ogilvie, Baker, Caden Marshall, Christian McCon, and Payne Brereton on the first team. Garrett Bailey, Cameron Marshall, Grant Knight, and Nate Miller were selected to the second team with Cole Ellyson named honorable mention.

Coach Ogilvie is excited about the future for the Eagles as they were able to build some depth and they have a number of talented returning players. Both running backs Lincoln Urmson and Caden Marshall will be back next year along with receiver Grant Knight who had over 700 receiving yards. Also returning are receivers Nick Hardgrove and Brock Rhodes who should play a more prominent role for the Eagles in 2021.

Covid certainly had a profound affect on every school in the 2020 football season. But in spite of all the distractions, Coach Ogilvie, the Eagles staff, and the senior players did an amazing job of keeping everyone healthy and focused on a very successful season.

"Covid affected everyone in so many ways," DJ Ogilvie said. "Our team had a lot of seniors, and I think that they were so glad to be playing and practicing. Because our seniors were feeling very fortunate to be playing we had great turnouts to our workouts in the summer and practicing during the season. It was easier to motivate them."

The United Eagles should once again be a contender in the EOAC in 2021 with a nucleus of returning and talented players. They will certainly have a bullseye on them next year, so how much the seniors provide leadership this off-season will go a long way on how well the Eagles do in 2021.