EAGLE POINT -- In 2016, Eagle Point went 7-2 and reached the state playoffs. In 2017, they went 3-6 thanks to a myriad of injuries. In 2018, they hope to be closer to the former than the latter.
There is reason to believe they will be with the return of star running back, Noah Page, who missed all of 2017 with a leg injury. He will play slot receiver as well as running back, setting up a 1-2 punch in the backfield with sophomore Devin Bradd.
"I'm more of the agility back and he's more of the power back," Noah said in explaining the dynamic between the two backs.
"They're just not ready when one running back's hitting them," Bradd said, "When Noah goes in, he's going to run right past them, because they're already too scared."
That didn't happen enough last year as the offense became one-dimensional. Noah's versatility as a running back and receiver will allow the team to open back up the playbook.
"Last year, we didn't have Noah, we didn't have our quarterback until Week 6, so it really limited us to what we could do," head coach Seth Womack said, "We've got several guys now that are really talented players and we're really able to expand our offense quite a bit."
With that should come considerable improvement as long as the team avoids the injury bug, which plagued them a year ago.