Celebrating 100 of the top players in Eastern Football History as the school embarks upon its 100th season of football in the 2008 season. For more information, go to: http://goeags.prestosports.com/hallfame/ewas-100for100.html
DEFENSIVE LINEMEN (11)
&Indicates current member of Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame. *Member of the Dick Zornes All-Time Team (players from the years 1963-67, 1971, 1979-98).
No. - Name - Position - Hometown (Previous Schools) - Years Lettered - Honors/Notes/Stats
94 - Jeff Allen - Defensive End - Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS '96) - 1997-98-99-00 - FCS All-America in '99 & '00; 29 1/2 career sacks; 11 1/2 sacks on '00.
82 - *Vern Garland - Defensive End - Concrete, Wash. (Concrete HS) - 1964-65-66-67 - All-EvCo in 1967 when opponents were held to 93.5 rushing yards per game.
67 - *Paul Horak - Defensive Tackle - Odessa, Wash. (Odessa HS) - 1965-66-67-68 - Little All-Northwest in 1968; All-Evergreen Conference three times.
70 - *Dan Moriarty - Left End - Seattle, Wash. (O'Dea HS `82) - 1983-84-85-86 - Impressive 15 passes broken up; 96 career tackles, nine sacks.
94 - Greg Peach - Defensive End - Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS '05) - 2005-06-07 - Second team FCS All-America in 2007 with 63 tackles and 11 sacks.
75 - Dario Romero - Defensive Line - Spokane, Wash. (Lewis & Clark HS '96) - 1997-98-99-00 - Third team FCS A-A in '99 & '00; 22 sacks; In eighth CFL/NFL season.
99 - *Chris Scott - Defensive Tackle - Wenatchee, Wash. (Wenatchee HS `93) - 1994-95-96-97 - First team FCS A-A and BSC Def. MVP in 1997; 25 1/2 sacks, 236 tackles in his career.
76 - Ray Sheahan - Defensive End - Rosalia, Wash. (Rosalia HS) - 1948-49-50 - All-Evergreen first team in `49 & `50.
90 - *Frank Staudenraus - Defensive End - Ocean Park, Wash. (Ilwaco HS '81) - 1982-83-84-85 - School-record 30 sacks, including record 15 in 1985.
93 - *Craig Steinmetzer - Defensive Tackle - Maple Valley, Wash. (Tahoma HS `91) - 1991-92-93-94 - Second team FCS All-America in 1994; 14 sacks and 93 tackles in his career.
55 - *Tommy Williams - Defensive End - Chicago, Ill. (Hyde Park HS '89 Moraine Val. CC) - 1991-92 - FCS A-A in `92 with 12 1/2 sacks, 51 tackles; 19 career sacks; Signed in CFL.
Chris Scott plugged a lot of holes as a defensive tackle for the Eastern Washington University football team and Defensive MVP in the Big Sky Conference in the mid-1990s. Now, he's plugging the tops of wine bottles for his family's popular and increasingly prosperous wine business in Wenatchee, Wash.
And all in a day's work, he's even delivering the wine via a specially-built bicycle and unplugging a few toilets to boot.
Scott is one of 11 defensive linemen who have been named to Eastern's "100 for 100" All-Time Football Team being released in June by the EWU Athletic Department. The squad consists of 100 of the top players in school history to help commemorate the upcoming 100th year of football at Eastern.
Players on the squad will be honored on Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame Day on Sept. 27, 2008, in conjunction with EWU's Big Sky Conference football game with Idaho State. Starting June 18, the public is invited to vote on the top player at each position, with results announced on Sept. 27.
The group of defensive linemen include six of the team's top nine players on Eastern's career sacks list, including record-holder Frank Staudenraus (30), Jeff Allen (29 1/2), Scott (25 1/2), current professional player Dario Romero (22), Tommy Williams (19) and current Eagle Greg Peach (17 1/2). However, none accomplished more than Scott, who had 236 career tackles from 1994-97 to rank as the most-ever by an Eastern defensive lineman and the 11th most overall in school history.
In addition, he and Allen are the only first team All-America defensive linemen Eastern has had -- at any level. And Scott is the only Eastern defensive linemen to be selected as the Big Sky Conference Defensive MVP, winning that honor as a senior in 1997. In fact, in the last 17 years, he is the only defensive tackle to win that award in the Big Sky.
Today, Scott can be seen doing just about everything at the family-owned Martin-Scott Winery (www.martinscottwinery.com) in his hometown of Wenatchee, Wash. When pressed for a job title, he thought operations manager or facility manager sounded best, but that may still be too limiting of a designation.
"I don't know what you call me," said Scott, who works alongside his parents Mike and Judi and his older brother Timm.
"I do everything from running events, working with wine on a daily basis and even unplugging the toilets.
"My parents basically make the wine, and I do everything else," he added.
The idea of the winery came shortly after the Scott brothers finished their schooling at Eastern -- Timm played for the Eagles from 1991-94 and Chris followed from 1994-97. Mike and Judi were orchardists raising apples, cherries and pears in Wenatchee, but in 1999 they "got bit by the bug," as Chris calls it. They replaced some of their orchard with a grape vineyard and moved into a new home there, complete with a daylight basement used as a tasting room. The vintage of their first white wine was 2000 and the vintage of their first red was 2001.
"We've grown by 20 to 30 percent every year since," said Chris, noting that they sell out of their wine on a yearly basis, but that 1,400 cases a year is pretty small by winery standards.
And it must be good. Recently, their Raven Ridge Red 2005 wine was awarded the top ranking of gold in the 24th Annual Dallas Morning News Wine Competition in the Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz (Syrah) Blends division.
If the wine keeps winning awards and the winery continues to increase in popularity, changes might have to be made. "We're at capacity now, so we would have to invest in a new building if we decide to get any bigger," he said.
The same can't be said of Scott's burly body, which is now down to a rock-solid 235 pounds after having a playing weight as high as 305 pounds. He says he was at 235 as a freshman, 270 as a sophomore and 305 as a junior before finishing his career at 280 as a senior.
Today, he uses those powerful 235 pounds to his advantage by delivering much of his wine via bicycle in Wenatchee. He purchased the bike about two months ago and it is specially designed to carry as much as 200 pounds of wine.
After beginning on a smaller scale, he's riding 30 to 60 miles a day on the bike to make his deliveries. He's now up to 180 to 250 miles a week, all without a drop of not-so-cost-effective gasoline.
Obviously, all those years of weight training at Eastern has paid off for Scott, who admits, "I haven't touched a squat bar since I graduated from college." He says he'll deliver to any residence within a "reasonable" distance to the winery. Traffic and a big hill just outside the winery are the only drawbacks.
"But it's downhill after that," he said.
He has many memories from his days in Cheney, Wash., to look back on, but the team's road trip to Sacramento State in 1996 was not one of them. He had abdominal pains and was rushed to a hospital at 1 a.m. the night before the game. It wasn't serious, but it was one of only two games he missed in what would become a 45-game career.
In 1994 he had the good fortune of playing alongside his brother Timm, who was a linebacker for the Eagles and finished his senior season with 94 tackles. For seven-straight years, Mike and Judi were loyal followers of their sons and the Eagles, and the memories Timm and Chris playing together are priceless.
Chris and his family were able to see a transformation of the Eastern program from 1994 to 1997. Eastern was 7-15 his first two seasons before going 6-5 in 1996. In 1997, with strong leadership from the senior class, the Eagles finished 12-2 and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs. In fact, 14 members of the 1997 team -- including eight seniors -- are on the "100 for 100" All-Time team.
He said the camaraderie of the team continued to improve as time went on and as older players aged. He had four different defensive line coaches while he was at Eastern -- Dick Zornes in 1993 (redshirt season); Mike Kramer in 1994; Jesse Williams in 1995 and Rick Olson in 1996 and 1997.
Eastern won the outright Big Sky title that season, and went on to defeat Northwestern State (40-10) and Western Kentucky (38-21) in the FCS Playoffs. A 25-14 loss to eventual champion Youngstown State ended the team's season with a school-record 12-2 mark.
Scott had 11 sacks and 79 tackles in 1997, and forced three fumbles on his way to a total of six in his career that still stands as a school record. He plugged the middle of the line of scrimmage brilliantly, but quickly credits the play of his teammates for helping him increase his statistics.
"I was pretty fortunate to play with (defensive end) Steve Mattson, (defensive end) Ed Harris, (linebacker) Derek Strey, (tackle) Avont Grant and (tackle) Dario Romero -- those were the guys around me and they were really good players. Strey was one of best linebackers we've ever had. It was just a great, solid defense.he continued. "I would like to say it was my talent, but our other guys were so good. They forced a lot of plays inside and I was just the guy that got the numbers I guess."
"When you're in the middle and the ends pinched so well on the outside, they were forcing the opponents to the middle of the field,"
Leadership, something Chris provided even as a sophomore co-captain in 1995, was the key ingredient for the rise of the Eastern program. He went on to earn four Big Sky Conference All-Academic honors and was even named to Successful Farming Magazine's All-America Team in 1997.
"We just had a lot of players who led by example," he said.
"We led ourselves and had guys who stepped up when they needed to. You always try to help the younger players, especially the players who worked hard. That was the mentality we had and that gave us a good base of fellowship and brotherhood."
"Eastern provided my family seven years of memories," he added.
"Our family is very fond of Eastern and what they've done for us."
"We did pretty well, but we didn't get into a habit of winning," he explained.
"My senior year was so much different. There was confidence on both sides of ball and the defense knew the offense would give us a breather. (Quarterback) Harry Leons would lead them down the field and (wide receiver) Jeff Ogden would make that big catch. We just felt like we were going to win every game."
"Those kind of memories are things I'll never forget," Chris said.
"I have pictures of us running out on the field together and another when Timm recovered a fumble and I chased him all the way to the end zone (a 57-yard return for a touchdown against Northern Iowa). Those moments with true blood brothers give you tingles down your spine when you talk about it later.
"The bike really wants to fly when it has 425 pounds of wine on it. And once I get into town, Wenatchee is really hilly. Fortunately, on the way back I don't have the weight of the wine, but even then I'm no skinny jockey.
"Sure, a car would be quicker, but I'm saving us 300 bucks a week," he added.
"Keeping our wine at the same price makes it worthwhile. And my legs are probably stronger than they were in college, I can tell you that much."
"Honestly, how local is that?," he points out on the winery's web site.
"Its Martin-Scott's way of both thanking our local customers for their support, and thanking planet earth for helping us on our way. Here we are, saving the world one bottle at a time!"