The view Nov. 27 over head coach Nick Goulet’s shoulder is bright as the Eagles maintain an early lead in the third quarter over the Lobos in the first bowl game since 2008 for Feather River College football. The stands were full, the Eagles were winning undefeated, and the sun shined as FRC sealed a perfect season. Photo by Mari Erin Roth

Eagles football achieves the ultimate turnaround

Mari Erin Roth
Staff Writer

It was four years ago that Nick Goulet came to Quincy to take the reins as head football coach for the Eagles. Goulet uprooted and replanted himself from the San Francisco Bay area to Plumas County and the rural backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The Eagles had a 0-10 record when coach Goulet climbed aboard. It had been tough downhill slide for the Eagles, but that was the worst year, by far, the worst.

 

Time flash to 2021: The Eagle football season ended this week with an incredible 10-0 victory streak as FRC beat the Monterey Peninsula Lobos 34-16 Nov. 27 at Feather River College. Coach Goulet has assembled and leads a winning staff of coaches and support personal: Andy Sparano (Offensive Coordinator), Joey Copeland (Quarterbacks), Armando Varela (Wideouts), Jeff Ray (Runningbacks), William McKenzie (Defensive Line), Mike Pomfret (Special Teams/Linebackers). A trio of long-time Feather River College administrative staff have been instrumentally anchored in place as the Eagles made their 180-degree turnaround, Athletic Director Merle Trueblood, Athletic Program Coordinator Valerie Campa, and Head Athletic Trainer Juan Nunez.

 

The game with the Monterey Lobos Nov. 27 was the first bowl game since 2008 for the Eagles and 2021 is the only undefeated season in the programs’ history. This undefeated record included winning the 2021 American Division Championship. The 2021 Eagle roster has a long list of honors: 13 All-Conference players, running back Tanner Hall was named Offensive MVP of PAC-7 Conference,  and two unanimous selections were made on defense (TJ Price – Defensive Line and  Tristan Catan – Defensive Back), both who will be moved forward for All-Region honors when they are selected later in December.

 

Of all these accomplishments, coach Goulet said, “Proud of the effort and commitment from all the players, coaches, and administration. This is much about the people involved and the culture we strive to build. I’m grateful to all who have made this a special year.”

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