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Postgame reading: Huskies survive scare from Eastern

Here's my game story where Desmond Trufant (above) finally made a play for a secondary that got abused most of the day.

The Wilson High grad saved the Huskies and saved a little face for a tortured secondary, intercepting Bo Levi Mitchell’s pass intended for Kaufman in the end zone with less than a minute remaining to secure Washington’s 30-27 escape from the Eastern Washington Eagles.

“We knew they were going to take a shot,” Trufant said. “The ball just came my way and I went up to go get it. He beat me sometimes and I won sometimes, it was back and forth. It was a good battle. It was a good test. … Sometimes you bend as a corner, but you try not to break.” Columnist John McGrath wrote that the Huskies got the win, no matter how uninspiring it was.

Washington’s 30-27 victory Saturday over Eastern Washington was the quintessence of winning ugly.

Facing a team whose starting offensive linemen averaged 18 pounds lighter than their UW counterparts – a team whose defensive line was almost 12 pounds lighter per man – the Huskies’ first game against a Football Championship Subdivision foe found them outgained, outplayed and outcoached.

And it if weren’t for a first-quarter recovery of a fumbled punt and a last-minute pass interception in the end zone, the Huskies would’ve been outscored, too.Todd Milles wrote about the improved special teams as well as the injury updates in his notebook,  which I can't find on our site, but I found on the Olympian.


The most notable injured were receiver Jermiane Kearse (sprained ankle) and quarterback Keith Price (sprained knee).

Kearse went down hard after an 8-yard catch in the first quarter, and did not return. Price said an Eastern defender rolled over his right knee after a scramble late in the first half. The team’s athletic training staff immediately fit him for a brace, and he played the rest of the game.

Also dinged up were linebackers Garret Gilliland (concussion) and Cort Dennison (thigh), and defensive backs Justin Glenn, James Sample and Ducre were treated for cramping. From the Eastern locker room ...

Columnist Dave Boling writes that if the game was about respect, the Eagles came away winners.

UW escaped with a 30-27 win, but the story of the season-opener at Husky Stadium on Saturday was the way the little “subdivision” team came in from Cheney and nearly pushed the Huskies over the Dardanelles – or whatever is the place referenced in the fight song that is supposed to symbolize UW’s invulnerability.

EWU junior receiver Brandon Kaufman pulled in 10 catches for 140 yards against Washington’s secondary, and he continued to torch the Huskies in interviews afterward.

How should UW feel about the outcome? “They should feel like a lucky group,” Kaufman said. “We’re a good football team, and we should be respected.”

Did you feel that they didn’t respect you? “They didn’t respect us at all … it’s an arrogant group.”

How? “The way they were on the field in the pregame …” Doug Pacey has this story on all the local kids from the South Sound, who had big games, most noticeably receiver Nicholas Edwards of Foss and Greg Herd of Steilacoom.

Edwards and Herd are two of 24 players on EWU’s roster who played prep ball in the South Sound. The Eagles recruit the area particularly hard – seven of the Eagles’ starters were members of The News Tribune’s All-Area football team in various seasons.

“It’s definitely a ‘homey’ environment,” Herd said. “I played little league with a lot of the guys on the team. A lot of us are west-siders, and a lot of us are Washingtonians.”

Being overlooked by the state’s biggest university left some of the Eagles with a chip on their shoulder.

“A lot of us are home-state kids, you know, and coming out of high school, they thought we weren’t good enough to play (at UW),” Herd said. “We just came in and wanted to show that we play football over at EWU, too.”