A day before his 24th birthday, Gunner Talkington gave Eastern Washington football something to talk about.
The Battle Ground redshirt senior threw five touchdown passes in a 36-29 season-opening win over Tennessee State on Saturday at Cheney.
Making just his second career start, Talkington completed 29 of 48 passes for 348 yards and no interceptions. He hit Efton Chism for a 13-yard touchdown with 2:39 left to break a 29-29 tie.
Talkington also threw for 7, 22, 14 and 1 yard touchdowns. He also led the Eagles with 60 rushing yards.
“You saw who you saw: Gunner Talkington,” EWU main receiver Freddie Roberson told the spokesman. “That’s exactly what he does. And that’s something we planned to tackle this season.
Talkington came into Saturday’s game with five career touchdown passes while playing in a backup role the past four seasons.
“I’m just super proud of him,” defensive end Mitchell Johnson, one of Talkington’s roommates, told Spokesman-Review. “He’s a guy who’s been patient for the past six years… He never doubted himself. He never considered the doubt of others as criticism; he took it as motivation.
Ridgefield grad Brock Harrison also had a standout game for Eastern Washington. The second-year defensive end had five tackles, including a backpack that forced a turnover.
Here’s how other Clark County college football players fared. Note: An empty entry means the player’s team had a week off.
Bailey Meek, Ridgefield, France, DL – Didn’t play in a 38-28 loss to Coastal Carolina.
Michael BoldsMountain View, So., DB – Didn’t play in a 39-33 loss to College of Sequoias.
Rodolfo Montiel, Mountain View, Fr., TE – Didn’t play.
Isaiah CarbajalMountain View, Sr.*, DL – Started at defensive tackle in a 36-20 loss to Ferris State. Had five tackles, including three solos, a forced fumble and a hit on the quarterback.
Josiah CochranSkyview, So.*, DL – Didn’t play.
Dylan DeanColumbia River, Fr.*, OL – Did not play.
Tyler FlanaganWoodland, So.*, RB – Had five carries for 10 yards and a catch for 12 yards.
Kai GambleUnion, Sr.*, DL – Had three tackles, two of them solo and one hit on the quarterback.
Jude MulletteMountain View, Fr.*, K – Was 2 for 2 on field goals, striking from 45 and 33 yards.
Jarius PhillipsCamas, Fr., LB – Did not play.
Titan PhillipsCamas, So.*, TE – Didn’t play.
Ty SniderRidgefield, France, WR – Didn’t play.
Dylan Kier, Columbia River, p. KG — Did not play in a 41-24 loss to Collège Chabot.
Colorado School of Mines
Kenny WrightCamas, So.*, TE – Played in a 25-22 loss to Grand Valley State.
Cole SchultzRidgefield, France*, DL – Did not play in a 48-14 loss to Montana Western.
Dominique StephensMountain View, Fr.*, DL – Didn’t play.
Owen Wann, Battlefield, Fr, LB — Had a solo tackle.
Korey BozovitchUnion, Fr., WR —Did not play in a 36-29 win over Tennessee State.
Brock HarrisonRidgefield, So.*, DL – Started at defensive tackle. Had five tackles, including two solos, a sack, a forced fumble and an interrupted pass.
Dylan IngramCamas, Sr.*, TE — Started at the tight end. Did not record a take.
Aiden NellorUnion, Jr.*, TE – Played in a backup role.
Jackson PliethUnion, Fr., LS – Didn’t play.
Gunner TalkingtonBattlefield, Sr.*, QB – Started at quarterback. Passed 29 of 46 for 348 yards, five touchdowns (7, 22, 14, 1, 13 yards) and no interceptions. Also ran nine times for 60 yards.
Ahmani WilliamsSkyview, So., LB – Played in a backup role.
Therman BibensUnion, So., LB – Had five tackles, including three solo in a 38-31 win over the University of Redlands.
Connor DemarterRidgefield, France, LB — Had a solo tackle.
Joshua EspinozaCamas, Jr., OL – Didn’t play.
Andre GrayLegacy, So., LB – Did not play.
jade hornbyUnion, So., LB – Did not play.
Kaleb La MereLegacy, So., WR – Did not play.
Isaiah RuppSkyview, So., S – Did not play.
Michael StrombergSkyview, So., S – Did not play.
CJ JordanUnion, So., QB – Had a rush of minus 2 yards in a 24-17 loss to Washington State.
Tyson JacobsonCamas, Fr., LS – Didn’t play.
Lewis and Clark
Alex KogaUnion, Sr., K – Went 2-for-2 on field goals, hitting for 37 and 18 yards in a 41-15 win over Puget Sound. Also thrown five times, averaging 54.4 yards including one out of bounds.
Nathan LinkEvergreen, Jr., OL – Started at guard for an offense that gained 416 yards.
Royall Wilson, Evergreen, France, LB – Didn’t play.
Jack Warren, Legacy, Fr., LB – Didn’t play.
isaac hoidalStevenson, Jr., WR — Did not play in a 41-34 win over Huntingdon.
Dawson LieuranceColumbia River, Jr., QC – Didn’t play.
PhillipsStevenson, Jr., BC — Had four tackles, including three solo, and one interception.
Sonny PittsUnion, Fr., K/P – Didn’t play.
Young GriffinCatholic Seton, So., TE – Didn’t play.
Peyton BrammerHockinson, Fr.*, TE – Played in a backup role in a 47-0 win over Northwestern State.
Cole GrossmanSkyview, So.*, TE — Started at the tight end. Had a catch for 3 yards.
Michael MatthewsCamas, Sr.*, LB — Had a tackle.
Sawyer Racanelli, Hockinson, So.*, WR — Did not play.
state of montana
Bryce LeightonCamas, So., P – Punched twice for 51 yards, one long 62 and one inside 20 in a 40-17 win over McNeese State.
Rush to ReimerCamas, So., OL – Started at offensive tackle for an offense that gained 541 yards.
Brevan BeaWashougal, So.*, LB – Did not play in a 26-10 win over Carroll College.
Zeek FromelMountain View, father, DL — Had three tackles.
Jack HillierLa Center, Jr.*, OL – Played for an offense that gained 375 yards.
Montana North State
Aidan HoytUnion, Jr., BC – Started as a cornerback in a 56-6 loss to Southern Oregon. Had two tackles, including one solo, and one interception.
Jacques Badolato-BirdsellCamas, Fr.*, RB – Didn’t play in a 38-14 win over Texas State.
Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV)
Zyell GriffinEvergreen, Jr., WR —
Alishawan TaylorUnion, So.*, TE – Played in a backup role in a 40-3 loss to Arizona State.
Tobias Merriweather, Union, Fr., WR – Didn’t play in a 21-10 loss to Ohio State.
Andrew Boyle, Camas, Jr.*, K/P – Had two kickoffs for 65 yards, a touchdown and a tackle in a 49-3 loss to Georgia.
Jack CollettoCamas, Sr.*, ILB/RB – Had three carries for 44 yards, including a 41-yard touchdown, in a 34-17 win over Boise State. Also had three tackles, two of them solo, and a fumble recovery.
Elijah VolkCatholic Seton, Fr., RB – Did not play in a 42-21 loss to Chapman.
Zachary Gable, Mountain View, French, DL – Didn’t play in a 41-9 loss to Bethel.
Daymon Gressett, Woodland, France, FB – Didn’t play.
Tanner BemanSkyview, France, TE/LB – Did not play in a 21-17 loss to San Jose State.
Darien ChaseUnion, So., WR – Didn’t play.
Manaia FuertesUnion, Fr.*, LO – Didn’t play.
Fyodor Henrichs-TarasenkovSkyview, Fr., K – Didn’t play.
Jaylynnee McGeeSkyview, So., RB – Had four carries for 20 yards and one catch for 5 yards.
packer masonSkyview, France*, ATH – Didn’t play.
Ezephanie Po KingSkyview, France, OL – Didn’t play.
Rob SilvaCamas, Fr., DL – Didn’t play.
Jojo SiofeleUnion, So., RB – Didn’t play.
Caleb BlickPrairie, Fr., LB – Did not play in a 29-6 win over Luther College.
Josh BlickPrairie, Fr., LB — Had a tackle.
Joseph GarrettPrairie, So., WR – Didn’t play.
Alex Fisch, Union, Fr., DL – Had a tackle in a 41-15 loss to Lewis and Clark.
Connor FrenchPrairie, Jr., OL – Did not play in a 38-31 loss to George Fox.
Gavin James DuesMountain View, Fr., DL – Did not play in a 43-28 loss to the University of Utica.
Aiden MalloryHockinson, So., DB – Had a tackle in a 47-28 loss to Reedly College.
Lawrence BrannonSkyview, So., DL —
Robert MeadorsLegacy, Sr.*, WR —
Hale Prior, Hockinson, Fr., LB – Played in a substitute role in a 24-14 win over Concordia (Mich.).
Stephen CaadynCamas, So.*, OL – Didn’t play in a 66-14 win over Rice.
Blake AscuittoCamas, So.*, QB – Started at quarterback in a 56-6 win over Montana State Northern. Completed 21 of 28 passes for 285 yards, four touchdowns (3, 5, 7, 74 yards) and one interception.
Jackson ClemerCamas, So.*, TE – Had two catches for 12 yards.
Kenyon Johnson, Hockinson, Fr., BC – Didn’t play.
Mason WheelerSkyview, So.*, WR – Did not play in a 45-20 win over Kent State.
Jake BowenUnion, Fr.*, WR – Didn’t play in a 24-17 win over Idaho.
Tristan SouzaCamas, So.*, DL – Didn’t play.
drake owenCamas, Jr.*, WR – Played in a backup role.
Lincoln–VictorUnion, Jr., WR – Had two catches for 25 yards.
Jaylen FitePersistent, Fr.*, WR – Did not play in a 41-5 loss to Weber State.
Rocky MataiaUnion, So., DL – Didn’t play.
Xavier OwensSkyview, Fr.*, DB – Played in a backup role.
Daron UlrichUnion, So., DB — Completed three tackles, including one solo.
Micah AdamsLa Centre, Fr., DL – Didn’t play in a 35-17 loss to Carnegie Mellon.
Jack GibsonCamas, Jr., DE – Didn’t play.
Isaiah JonesUnion, Jr., RB – Had two carries for 4 yards and four catches for 27 yards.
Antoine KeeLegacy, Jr., WR – Played in a backup role.
Jackson PrestonCamas, So., LB – Did not play.
Cody Wheeler, Hockinson, Fr., LB – Did not play.
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