Eastern Oregon scored three times in the fourth quarter to beat host Menlo College, 45-27, Saturday in a nonconference football contest that was the season opener for both teams.
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Hawkins threw for 235 yards on 19 of 34 passing, including a 26-yard scoring strike to Dylan Power, who also rushed for a touchdown.
Menlo's 12-play, 80-yard drive near the end of the third quarter gave the Oaks a 27-23 advantage. Jake Fohn rushed for 21 yards on four carries during the drive, including the final nine yards.
Nate Dodson and Hawkins shared quarterbacking duties during the go-ahead drive, wich included a 10-yard pass from Dodson to Power for a key first down.
Hawkins connected with Fohn on a 19-yard completion to set up the touwhdown run at 2:35 of the third quarter.
Eastern Oregon intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter. The first one was returned 22 yards by Byron Benson, which led to a touchdown that gave the Mountaineers a 37-27 lead with 10:43 remaining.
Kristopher Welch intercepted a pass that ended Menlo's last chance to score.
Menlo's Brandon Soohoo caught a game-high nine passes for 143 yards. Hawkins was the Oaks' leading rusher with 43 yards.
The Oaks host No. 22 Southern Oregon next Saturday at noon.
Menlo College dropped its season opener, a 3-0 decision to Corban in a nonconference match played in Redding on Saturday.
David Beary managed two shots on goal for the Oaks, who play Oregon Tech on Monday morning, also in Redding.