In Stayton’s 5-0 start this season, it has been easy to point to the team’s offense as to why the No.8-ranked Eagles have gotten off to their best start in decades.
What’s been surprising is the team’s defense.
In its past three games the Eagles (2-0 Oregon West Conference) have beat Madras, Newport and Yamhill-Carlton by a combined 157-0.
Senior linebacker Taren Ikea-Mario leads the team with 22 tackles, sophomore defensive lineman Jerry Daniels leads the team with four tackles for loss, three sacks and two fumble recoveries and senior defensive back Everett St. Clair leads the team with five interceptions.
In Friday’s 49-0 win against Yamhill-Carlton, senior running back Bryan King rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries and senior quarterback Kyle Schwarm was 13 of 17 passing for 167 yards and three touchdowns against two interceptions.