Eagles Trounce Bobcats

Beaver — The Eastern Eagles ran over the Green Bobcats 45-0 on Friday.

The Eagles wanted to establish a run game first. An early turnover from the Bobcats set up Eastern with a short field. Clay Martin then established that early rushing attack for Eastern, taking a 13 yard rush in for a score just over a minute into play.

Later in the quarter, The Eagles capitalized on the benefits of the rushing attack they had been looking for. With the defense stacked in the box to stop a run, Clay Martin threw outside to Owen Strong for a 46 yard strike.

Momentum seemed to go fully towards the Eastern sideline when Green fumbled the next kickoff and junior running back Robby Warnock took the next play to the house for a 33 yard blow for 6.

Dalton Tomlinson had two rushing touchdowns of his own for the Eagles, both coming in the second quarter.

The Eastern defense held Green in check. They met the backs of the Bobcats at the line of scrimmage. Even though quarterback Alex Hughes went 5-6 on passing attempts, he only went for 39 yards as the Eagles forced passes underneath all night.

Clay Martin finished the night 4-for-4 with 148 yards and one touchdown passing, and added his own rushing touchdown. Robby Warnock ran for 98 yards on six attempts and two touchdowns, and Dalton Tomlinson punch in his own pair of touchdowns, on two attempts for a whopping 6 yards total.

For Green, Tyler Darnell was a workhorse, rushing 12 times. He was given nowhere to go however and finished with 38 yards total.


Pirates defeat Falcons 41-10

The Minford Falcons played hard, but the still undefeated Wheelersburg Pirates played smart in Friday nights game, with the Pirates beating the Falcons 41-10.

The first quarter had both teams fighting for yardage, and neither team gaining many. Minford offense was able to move the ball along the field, but Wheelersburg’s defense made them work for it, earning a couple yards at a time. By the end of the first, Minford seemed to have gained a good understanding of how Pirate offense moved across the field and came hard with some strong defense gathering a flock of Falcons on the quarterback each play by picking up Pirates and carrying them back. Entering the second quarter, a very physical game was underway. Neither team went without a personal foul. The Falcons continued to push and often carry Pirate offense, costing the Pirates several yards a play. Eager to light up that scoreboard, Wheelersburg was forced to show what they were made of. The Falcons could predict their plays in advance, but the Pirates were not ready to lose tonight. With some quick wit and some strategy, Burg’s Mack Dyer went for a 64 yard pass to Tanner Holden for their first touchdown of the night. For the remainder of the game, Minford could barely touch them. Even Pirate rushing game improved, with ball carriers doing baseball slides under Falcon defense rather than being carried back and doing all they could to make sure the Falcons never knew who had the ball.

Following the game, Minford Coach Jesse Ruby commented, “They showed why they’re undefeated. They have guys that can score from anywhere on the field.”

Wheelersburg showed that in just the second quarter with three touchdowns from as far away from goal as 61 yards or as close as 2 with fierce Falcons such as Tyler Compton, Landon Caudill, and Trey McSweeney making sure it was never as easy win. The Falcons pushed, refusing to give up and taking any point they could earn, closing the first half with a 34-yard field goal by Tanner Gamp.

Unfortunately for the Falcons, the Pirates had guys like Dominic Reyes, who just came with run after run. The Pirate cannons were sounding. The Falcons managed to keep the Pirates from goal all but one time in the third, but Burg came back to score two more times in the fourth. The Falcons showed some real persistence throughout the game, finally scoring their first touchdown in the fourth quarter with 7:44 remaining in the game.

Ruby recognized the the passion of his Falcons, despite the hard loss.

“I thought our kids played very hard, especially in the first. They showed an ability to bounce back. I’ve very proud of our ability to come back in the second. They could’ve just folded up,” Ruby stated. “I’m also really proud of or senior leadership. All my seniors played hard tonight and never gave up on each other.”

Ruby said the Falcons are going to work hard all week to prepare for next week’s game against Waverly, who was undefeated until losing last week against the Pirates.

Pirate Coach Rob Woodward that his team had a great week of practice leading up to the game. They came in confident. He was really proud of the whole team’s ability to adapt, something that he says his team is trained to do.

“We try to practice and prepare for all situations they could possibly face,” he commented.

Woodward said he was disappointed a few times missed a few cues and left points on the field; however, several players had some great accomplishments. Both Tanner Bivens and Keaton Newsome has some great runs. Clint Hatfield had a big catch. And, Dominic Reyes ran the ball hard.

“Defense was stout all night,” Woodward added.

He said in the coming week, the Pirates will prepare to meet Valley at home.

“They have a lot of young players, but they’re a team that always comes prepared, and we are excited to play at home again,” he concluded.

Wheelersburg will kick off against Valley at 7 p.m. at the Ed Miller Stadium, while Minford faces Waverly at home.

Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1924

1 2 3 4
Minford 0 3 3 10
Wheelersburg 0 20 27 41

Scoring Summary

Second Quarter

Wheelersburg – Holden 61 yard passing (kick) 10:52

Wheelersburg – Lowry 2 yard rushing 5:02

Wheelersburg – Newsome 3 yard rushing (kick) 1:10

Minford – Gampp 34 yard field goal 0:22

Third Quarter

Wheelersburg – Carmichael 4 yard rushing (kick) 8:21

Fourth Quarter

Wheelersburg – Dyer 12 yard rushing (kick) 11:12

Minford – Compton 31 yard rushing (kick) 7:44

Wheelersburg – Bivens 10 yard rushing (kick) 2:34

Titans run over Vikings

PORTSMOUTH — The Titans had no problems getting their rushing attack established Saturday night as Notre Dame defeated Symmes Valley 34-6 at Spartan Stadium.

Notre Dame (5-2, 3-1) rushed for 296 yards on 31 attempts. Sam Kayser led the Titans with 174 yards on the ground and and three touchdowns. Isiah Johnson also reached the century mark, rushing for 111 yards and two scores score.

Two of Notre Dame’s touchdowns came via the big play as Kasyer broke off a 90-yard run in the first quarter and Johnson capped off the night with a 53-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“We’ve lived and died by that this year,” Titans coach Bob Ashley said. “You’ve got to give Symmes Valley credit. They came out with a good defensive game plan. We struggled for a little bit with them and to their credit, they did a nice job of scouting us.”

The Titans’ gameplan was to get to the edge, which was difficult to accomplish in the beginning but became easier as the night wore on.

“We tired different formations to get the defense to over commit and if we can’t get to the edge, then we’ll counter you back,” Ashley said. “But you’ve got to give Symmes Valley some credit. Their kids played hard and they gave us some problems.”

The slow start came after Notre Dame fumbled its opening possession. The Titans were forced to defend a short field and after giving up two 4th-down conversions on the drive, Notre Dame denied the Symmes Valley third 4th-down attempt, giving the Titans the ball inside their own 5-yard line.

Notre Dame didn’t take long to capitalize on the bad field position as Sam Kayser took the handoff on a sweep, cut back against the grain and out ran all 11 Viking defenders to the endzone, covering 90 yards in the process.

After forcing a punt on the next drive, the Titans embarked on a five play, 35-yard drive, which was capped off by an Isaiah Johnson 3-yard touchdown run.

Notre Dame’s biggest problem on the night was holding onto the ball as the Titans fumbled three times, losing all three in the process.

“We talked about that before the game, ” Ashley said. “It seems like anytime we turn the ball over, we struggle. We struggle mentally from there on out. You can’t fumble the ball and have any success. We got lucky tonight.”

In the second half, Kayser and Johnson were just adding to their stat total as both runners scored in the fourth quarter to put the game into a running clock situation, which occurs when a team has built a 30-point lead.

The Vikings finally scored to end the running. Unfortunately for Symmes Valley, the touchdown came with one second remaining on the clock.

Box Score

1 2 3 4 Final
Symmes Valley 0 0 0 0 0
Notre Dame 7 14 0 13 34


First quarter

Notre Dame — Kayser 90 yd run (Cassidy kick), 1:24

Second quarter

Notre Dame — Johnson 3 yd run (Cassidy kick), 9:44

Notre Dame — Kayser 13 yd run (Cassidy kick), :36.4

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Notre Dame — Kayser 12 yd run (Failed kick ), 11:16

Notre Dame — Johnson 53 yd run (Cassidy kick), 8:14


Symmes Valley Notre Dame
First Downs 8 16
Rush Att-Yds 35-71 39-296
Pass Comp-Att-Int 5-8-0 1-1-0
Pass Yards 70 30
Totals Yards 141 326
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 3-3
Turnovers 1 3
Penalties-Yards 3-36 2-10


Rushing — Symmes Valley: Cade 7-30, Holmes 9-16, Sheppard 5-13, Hayes 10-12, Lucas 4-0; Notre Dame: Kayser 20-174, Johnson 14-111, Mader 3-14, Cassidy 2-(-3)

Passing — Symmes Valley: Lucas 4-6-72, Hayes 1-2-(-2); Notre Dame: Cassidy 1-1-30

Receiving — Symmes Valley: Angelo 5-70; Notre Dame: Mader 1-30


Symmes Valley 1-6 (0-4); Notre Dame 5-2 (3-1).

Trojans fall to Panthers 48-13

CHESAPEAKE, Ohio — The Trojans couldn’t bottle up the Panthers as Chesapeake used a fumble return, punt return and a high-octane offense to put up 49 points as the Panthers beat the Trojans 49-13 Friday night.

Portsmouth (4-3, 2-2) wasn’t able to contain the Panther rushing attack, allowing 389 yards on 27 attempts. Casey McComas was the No. 1 enemy of the Trojans as he rushed eight times for 196 yards and two touchdowns — McComas also had a 65-yard punt return. Portsmouth’s defense also struggled to contain Cecil Flether who scored one touchdown while rushing for 72 yards on six attempts.

“That was speed on display out there tonight,” Trojans head coach Aaron Duncan said. “We pride ourselves on having good athletes, they have some exceptional athletes. Their quarterback (McComas) really makes them go. He bounced back this week and was fully healthy. You could see his legs on full display out there. And (Cecil) Fletcher was another skilled athlete.

“They spread us out. They knew they needed to use their speed to get on the perimeter and they were able to exceed in doing that. That hasn’t been what they’ve run all year. They’ve lined up in more run sets, which is what they ran at the end of the game. They must of thought their best chance was to spread us out and make us play in space. That was good strategy, hats off to their coach.”

Portsmouth was led by Taylan Parker who rushed for 15 attempts for 108 yards. However, despite Parker’s big game, the Trojans made early mistakes that hurt their chances. Portsmouth finished with two turnovers and committed nine turnovers for 96 yards.

“Penalties and turnovers hurt us early, and then we had to get out of those sets in our game plan, which was ball control and control the clock, we wanted to keep the ball from those great athletes,” Duncan said. “Once we got behind, we couldn’t stay in our game plan. We had to get in our spread sets and try to get some quick scores.

“We saw what Ironton was able to do to them and Ironton was able to lineup and run their power sets. We tried to run the same thing. We were able to accomplish that early on and we were moving the ball, but we were are own worst enemy.”

The Trojan game plan were awry after receiving the opening kickoff. Portsmouth drove the ball to the Chesapeake side of the field before a fumble abruptly ended the drive, while also putting Portsmouth in an early hole after McComas returned the gift 65 yards for the Panther touchdown.

After a false start was called against the Trojans, Portsmouth elected to punt the ball on their next drive and the Trojan defense once again had no answers for Chesapeake’s ground game as Fletcher put the Panthers up 13-0 after scoring from 33 yards out.

After tailing 27-0 late in the opening half, the Trojans drove into Chesapeake territory once again but an interception halted Portsmouth’s momentum.

As far as the Trojans two touchdowns, quarterback Luke Purdy was responsible for both. Purdy found Ryan Williams from 25 yards out in the third quarter before scoring from a yard out in the fourth.

Box Score

1 2 3 4 Final
Portsmouth 0 0 7 6 13
Chesapeake 13 14 14 7 48


First quarter

Chesapeake — McComas 65 yd fumble return (Nida kick), 9:30

Chesapeake — Fletcher 33 yd run (Conversion no good), 1:41

Second quarter

Chesapeake —McComas 28 yd run (Nida kick), 9:43

Chesapeake — Bartrum 16 yd run (Nida kick), 4:15

Third quarter

Portsmouth — Williams 25 yd pass from Purdy (Willis kick), 10:50

Chesapeake — McComas 43 yd run (Nida kick), 10:10

Chesapeake — Wilcoxon 60 yd punt return (Nida kick), 8:16

Fourth quarter

Chesapeake — Fletcher 1 yd run (Nida), 11:01

Portsmouth — Purdy 1 yd run (Kick failed), 6:260


Portsmouth Chesapeake
First Downs 14 20
Rush Att-Yds 40-289 27-389
Pass Comp-Att-Int 2-5-1 0-4-0
Pass Yards 34 0
Totals Yards 323 389
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Turnovers 1 0
Penalties-Yards 9-86 10-83


Rushing — Portsmouth: Parker 12-108, Lansing 14-42, Purdy 11-39; Chesapeake: McComas 8-196, Fletcher 6-72, Wilcoxon 3-53, Bartrum 3-36, Scott 4-18, Harless 2-11, Walsh 1-3

Passing — Portsmouth: Purdy 2-5; Chesapeake: McComas 0-4

Receiving — Portsmouth: Williams 1-25, Purdy 1-9; Chesapeake:


Portsmouth 4-3 (2-2); Chesapeake 6-1 (3-1).

East improves to 7-0

BEAVER — The East Tartans managed to maintain their perfect record against the Eastern Eagles. Behind veteran leadership and a balanced attack, they held off an impressive Eastern offense.

This game saw plenty of opportunities missed for both sides. Each team managed to get receivers past the opposing defensive backs and deep down the field on more than one play. Although both sides had some huge gains, each one left points on the board for sure.

The Eastern offense struck first, as Thomas scored on a short 2-yard rushing touchdown. This score came after almost 10 minutes of play, a surprisingly slow start for the Tartans and a huge grab for momentum for the Eagles. Eastern had some completions for starting quarterback Clay Martin, but their offense was mainly fueled by his rushing, along with running back Noah Gray. The two combined for 152 rushing yards on the night, with Martin holding one of the Eastern touchdowns. Gray snagged his own 36-yard completion from Martin to add to his stats of the night.

East answered before too long. Just over two minutes after the Eagles put themselves on the board, East answered with a huge 35-yard completion from Drew Lowe to Kanyan Bruton to set up a 3 yard touchdown rush by Zan Frye-Scott. In the second quarter, Lowe completed a 36-yard bomb to Deshaun Martin for his only passing scoe of the night. After Clay Martin came out of the second half and scored a rushing touchdown for the Eagles and they recovered an onside kick, East was able to get a stop and put the ball back into the hand of their offense. A Drew Lowe rushing score and an Akia Brown 47 yard bomb finished off the scoring for the night in the 3rd quarter. Both offenses were held in check by some sound defensive play in the 4th quarter.

Our best wishes go out to the East Tartans football family and #57 Devin Stevens, as he was carted off the field in an ambulance with just under a minute to play in the 3rd quarter. He was one of the leading tacklers for the Tartans with 9, and even blocked a punt to set his offense up in the redzone.

Tigers hang with Pirates to the very end


The Waverly Tigers gave themselves a chance Friday night.

With the undefeated Wheelersburg Pirates coming to face the undefeated Tigers at Raidiger Field, the outcome of the football game wasn’t determined until the final minutes. It ultimately ended in a defeat for the home team, as the Tigers lost 24-13, but they left the field as winners in the eyes of their fans. The Tigers walked off the field to the applause of the crowd, many of whom were telling them they were proud of them and to hold their heads high.

“The excitement is in the air. I told our guys that we have a lot to be proud of,” said Waverly coach Chris Crabtree. “We wanted to go out and play for our community and our town. Against good teams, you can’t leave opportunities on the field and you can’t turn the ball over. Unfortunately, we had a few of those. The kids fought through some adversity and fought back..”

The contest lived up to its billing for much of the way. The Tigers were close on many occasions to stealing the momentum, but the Pirates were able to make the plays to negate them. Waverly ultimately lost the turnover battle 3-1. Wheelersburg was able to recover its only fumble.

The defenses for both teams had their way on the opening drives. Wheelersburg drove to the 30-yard line before stalling out. On first down, Waverly linebacker Drew Harris provided a tackle for a loss of four yards. Two plays later, a Pirate fumble forced by Waverly’s Garrett Moore pushed them back farther. Wheelersburg ultimately recovered the fumble. However, Mack Dyer’s pass to the end zone fell incomplete.

The Tigers responded by driving all the way to their own 23-yard line with Waverly quarterback Clayton Howell completing passes to Cade Marquez and Garrett Moore. Marquez picked up 14 on the first pass play. Then first reception by Moore gained 29 yards and put Waverly in Wheelersburg territory. He was limited to a yard on the next play. The drive stalled there. After two incomplete passes, Easton Wolf had a fourth-down catch, but couldn’t gain enough yards for the first down, handing the ball back on the Wheelersburg 19-yard line with 7:20 left in the first quarter.

The Pirates scored on their next drive, keeping the ball on the ground and using nearly four minutes of clock. Dyer capped the drive by going to the air and connecting with Tanner Bivens from nine yards out. Daylor Lewis connected on the kick to make it 7-0 with 2:42 left in the opening quarter.

The Tigers looked to answer, but could only pick up one first down on the drive with a 10-yard rush from Harris. He picked up another six with a second-down run. However, Howell was sacked for a 14-yard loss on third down, forcing the punt.

Wheelersburg’s offense didn’t keep the ball for long. Wolf made a leaping interception along the Pirate sideline to get the ball back for the Tigers early in the second quarter.

The Tigers began the drive on their own 42-yard line. Harris ran for 13 yards to get into Wheelersburg territory. Howell then connected with Garrett Moore, who made it 19 yards before having the ball knocked away by Pirate Taylor Doerr. The Pirates started their next drive on their own 26-yard line.

Wheelersburg drove all the way to the Waverly 12-yard line where the Tigers stiffened their defense. Harris provided another tackle for a loss of four yards. Dyer’s second down pass was incomplete. Moore deflected a potential touchdown pass on third and 12, holding the Pirates to a field goal. Lewis connected on the 34-yard kick to make the lead 10-0 with seven minutes left in the half.

Waverly had a quick answer this time. On the fourth play of the drive, Harris broke a 65-yard touchdown run by weaving his way around defenders to an open lane. Darby Teeters connected on the kick, pulling Waverly within three with 5:55 left in the half, 10-7.

The Pirates put together a final scoring drive to end the half. Wheelersburg mixed runs between four different backs. Dyer ultimately capped the 12-play 73-yard drive with a one-yard keeper. Lewis connected on the point-after to make the lead 10 again, 17-7.

It didn’t take long for the Tigers to answer. Waverly had the ball to start the third quarter and wasted little time. Harris had three carries that gained 21 yards and put Waverly at midfield. On the next handoff, Drew Kritzwiser did the rest. Kritzwiser made a couple of quick moves and broke a 49-yard run to the end zone, making the score 17-13 just one minute and three seconds into the half.

From there, it was a battle of field position and who could get the edge. Waverly’s defense provided a fourth-down stop on Wheelersburg’s next drive, using key tackles from Lummer, Harris, Moore, Wolf and Johnny Thompson. Moore provided a tackle for loss on third down. Harris and Lummer combined for the fourth-down tackle, giving the ball back to the Waverly offense on the Tigers’ 40-yard line.

Offensively, the Tigers couldn’t get anything going and had to punt the ball back to the Pirates. Once again, the Waverly defense was up to the task, limiting the Pirates to a 3-and-out with Xander Carmichael punting the ball back to Waverly.

The Tigers started moving the ball with the passing game. Waverly pushed to midfield, only to see a tipped pass come down in the hands of Pirate Keaton Newsome. Wheelersburg took over on offense, but once again, the Tigers had an answer.

Waverly gave up just one first down on the drive before forcing a punt situation on fourth-and-10. The Pirates attempted a fake, only to see the Waverly defense sniff it out with Garrett Moore and Tate Evans making the tackle to get the ball back for Waverly with 2:16 left in the third quarter.

The Tigers started the drive on their own 43-yard line and began to move the ball with a mix of runs from Harris and Kritzwiser. Kayne Jordan also secured a pass from Howell for a gain of 10 yards midway through the drive. Waverly pushed all the way to the Wheelersburg 8-yard line. Then on the first play of the fourth quarter, Harris took the ball all the way to the one-yard line. Harris looked to get the direct snap on the next play, but the snap was off-line and Harris had to recover it at the 13-yard line. On the next play, he was tackled for a loss of one yard. Howell’s fourth-down pass intended for Cade Marquez was incomplete after Marquez tripped from being tangled with a Wheelersburg defender. The Pirates took over on downs with 10:03 left in regulation.

“We had an opportunity to score late and got into a bad situation there,” said Crabtree. “I probably could have made a better decision on the call there. But we had confidence in our guys and it just didn’t happen there.”

With the clock in their favor, Wheelersburg worked the ball up the field by mixing runs between Dyer, Carmichael, Newsome and Bivens. Carmichael eventually capped the 13-play, 84-yard drive with a one yard run. Lewis’ kick made the lead 24-13. Wheelersburg had used 7:17 of clock, leaving Waverly with 2:51 to try and answer.

Waverly’s offense worked quickly with Howell completing multiple passes to Jordan and Tariq Gilbert. The final pass to Gilbert covered 19 yards and had Waverly on Wheelersburg’s 21-yard line. The next pass was picked off by Doerr in the end zone, ultimately sealing the game for the Pirates.

“You don’t want to have to lose to learn, but this is a great learning experience for our guys to be able to fight through this type of game. Most of our kids haven’t been in a game of this caliber and this magnitude,” said Crabtree. “We have to move on now. We have to take the next few weeks and play hard.”

Wheelersburg finished with 438 yards of offense, while the Tigers had 374. Harris finished with 19 carries for 153 rushing yards and a touchdown. Kritzwiser added seven carries for 71 yards and a touchdown.

“Offensively, our guys up front are as good as any we’ve had here in a long time with Jordan Belt, Kaleb Anderson and Gunnar Robinson. Macayne Bock was also out there tonight and Tariq Gilbert is our tight end.

“I’m proud of my staff. We had a great game plan and great preparation. The kids were prepared,” said Crabtree. “It is never any fun to come up on the losing end. We just need to refocus and get back at it.”

Waverly (6-1) will remain home this week and will face the Portsmouth West Senators. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Raidiger Field.

Redstreaks take down Huntsmen for sixth win in a row

With the opportunity to stay in the league title hunt in front of them, the Piketon Redstreaks didn’t disappoint the home crowd Friday night.

Piketon used a huge second half scoring outburst to turn a close game into a 33-12 victory over the visiting Huntington Huntsmen. It was Piketon’s six win in a row and fourth in the Scioto Valley Conference. That win, coupled with Zane Trace beating Adena 31-3, has both teams sitting at the top of the league standings. They will face off next week at Zane Trace.

According to Piketon coach Tyler Gullion, several key penalties hurt his Redstreaks in the first half, as they led by just two points at the break, 14-12.

Coming out of the locker room, the Redstreaks used a strong third quarter to put the game away.

“We didn’t play smart in the first half and that let them hang around,” said Gullion. “In the second half, we wore them out with our depth. They were sucking air. That played a big part.”

Piketon senior quarterback Gabe Birkhimer passed for 221 yards with one touchdown and added 125 rushing yards with two additional touchdowns. Travis Veach caught six passes for 116 yards and a touchdown. Tanner Veach, Timothy Trawick, Chase Grooms, Zane Barker and Luke Nichols all caught passes. Barker also added a rushing touchdown with six carries for 37 yards.

“Our young kids are doing well, but our seniors are really stepping up and being leaders. Everyone talks about Birkhimer and Veach, but Chance McNelly, Kenny Robertson and Trevor Henderson have been huge for us as well. McNelly is unselfish. He changed numbers and positions to start the season and has turned into a great center,” said Gullion.

Eastern unable to topple Tartans in SOC I clash

Eastern unable to topple Tartans in SOC I clash

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Posted: Friday, October 7, 2016 11:42 pm | Updated: 12:48 am, Sat Oct 8, 2016.

In a much anticipated matchup for the Eastern Eagles (4-2), the East Tartans (6-0) came to town Friday night to square off in a Southern Ohio Conference Division I football contest.

The Eagles came into the game looking to ride the momentum from their decisive 24-7 win at Symmes Valley last week, and get a win against a very good East Tartan football team. The Tartans came into Beaver with a very impressive resume thus far, as they had rolled through the first six games on their schedule. In the end, East battled from behind and took the 36-14 win.

The Eagle defense started out strong in this one, as they forced a three-and-out on the East’s first possession. After the East punt, the Eagles took over at their own 36. The East defense matched the Eagle defensive effort as they came up with a three-and-out of their own. After the Eagle punt, the Tartans set up shop at their own 29-yard line. On the first snap from scrimmage, the ball got away from East quarterback Drew Lowe and was picked up by Eagle defender Ocie Jennings at the East 10-yard line.

The Eagles went to work deep into East territory looking to put up the first score of the game. A few plays later on fourth and goal, Noah Gray, looking to dive his way into the end-zone, was stopped inches short of the goal line. This resulted in a turnover on downs and the East Tartans took possession just outside their own end zone. The Eagle defense took advantage of the field position advantage, forcing East to punt from deep in their own territory after just one set of downs. Wesley Hodge brought the kick to the East 25 and that’s where the Eagles began their first scoring drive of the evening.

On that drive, Clay Martin found Wes Hodge across the middle for a 21-yard gain, which got the Eagles down close to the goal line at the East 4. As they’ve made a habit of doing the last few games after getting in close, the Eagles handed the ball to junior lineman Dalton Tomlison and let him plow through a line of defenders and into the end zone for the first score of the game. Owen Strong nailed the point-after and made it 7-0 in favor of Eastern.

The East Tartans returned the ensuing kickoff to their own 38, and that’s where they took over looking to match the Eastern score. The Tartans were able to pick up a first down before the Eagles pushed them back into a trouble situation at third-and-12. The Tartans, however, were able to convert when Lowe completed a 35-yard pass to get the Tartans down inside the Eagle 10. On the next play, the Tartans were able to punch it in to complete the 62-yard drive and make the score 8-7 after a successful two-point conversion.

The Eagles got the ball back with 2:05 to go in the first quarter, looking to take the lead back. Beginning the possession just on their side of the 50, the Eagles looked to complete a pass up the left sideline. The pass was broken up by an East defensive back, but a pass interference penalty was called, which gave the Eagles positive field position, putting them at the East 46. It appeared as if the Eagles would indeed take back the lead when Clay Martin found Wes Hodge across the middle of the field for a presumed Eagle touchdown. A holding penalty was called however, to bring the play back, and the Tartans took the ball back to begin the second quarter.

Driving into Eagle territory, the Tartans came up with a big play, as Drew Lowe completed a 36-yard touchdown pass to his receiver Flannery. This score, after a failed conversion, made it 14-7 East with 7:57 to go in the second.

The Eagles took over from their own 47 looking to strike back. After a first down run by Martin got them into East territory, Noah Gray moved the chains once more for a first down at the East 20. On the next play from scrimmage, Martin picked up yet another first down to give the Eagles a first and goal at the six-yard line. After being forced into a fourth-and-goal situation, Martin’s shot to the end-zone was batted down, and the Tartans took possession. The Eagle defense then gave up a couple of first downs before forcing the Tartans to punt on fourth-and-seven. After taking over from their own 20, the Eagles fumbled, and allowed the Tartans to take over first-and-10 at the Eagle 14.

Brady Douthat then found the end-zone on an 8-yard rush, which made the score 20-7 after an unsuccessful point-after attempt with 44 seconds to go in the half. The Eagles picked up a big first down run before the half from Noah Gray, but he was tackled as time expired, and the Tartans took a 20-7 lead into the locker room at the half.

The East Tartans were able to strike first in the second half, as with 9:33 to go in the third, Drew Lowe was able to force his way into the end zone for a touchdown. The East two-point conversion attempt was successful after a pass was tipped around and eventually hauled in by receiver J.D. Hatcher. On the next Eagle possession, they gave the ball to sophomore Colton Gray, and he made his way down to the East 37, for the first down. On the next play, quarterback Clay Martin marched into the end-zone from 37 yards out for the Eagle score. Owen Strong put the point-after kick through to reduce the East lead to 14 at 28-14 with 8:54 to go in the third. Moments later, the Eagles were able to cash in on an onside kick, and recover the football at their own 49.

A few plays later, looking to complete a pass up the sideline, Clay Martin’s pass was picked off by Kanyan Bruton, and the Tartans took over at the Eagle 46. On the next East possession, the Eagle defense forced them into a fourth-and-31 punt situation, and the Eagles regained possession.

A couple possessions later, East senior running back Akia Brown took it in for the score from 47 yards out, making it a 36-14 East lead after a failed extra point attempt. This would be all the Tartans would need as they would cruise from here. After a turnover, the Eagle defense gave one last fight as they forced the Tartans to fouth-and-three, and Dalton Tomlison brought down Akia Brown in the backfield to force a turnover on downs. The Eagles were unable to put anything else together offensively however, as the score remained 36-14 in favor of East as the fourth quarter time expired. The East Tartans move to 7-0 on the season, and the Eagles drop to 4-3.

Early on in the game, it appeared as if the game would be an even battle, as the two teams exchanged scores as well as defensive stops. But as the game progressed, the Tartan offense was able to heat up, and the Eagles made some key mistakes at important times in the game. Even so, the Eagles definitely had some bright spots in tonight’s game such as junior Ocie Jennings’ performance, as he turned in 10 tackles. On the offensive end, sophomore Colton Gray gave the Eagles five rushes for 40 yards in his highest workload game of the season. The Eagles will look to get back on track with a win in a homecoming game against another SOC rival in the Green Bobcats next Friday night at 7 p.m.

Eagle Stats:


Clay Martin- 6 for 23 for 83 yards


Clay Martin- 16 rushes for 72 yards

Noah Gray- 12 rushes for 43 yards

Colton Gray- 3 rushes for 40 yards


Noah Gray- 2 catches for 35 yards

Wes Hodge- 1 catch for 16 yards


Ocie Jennings- 10 tackles

Garrett Allen- 7 tackles

Jake Cruse- 7 tackles

Luke Spencer- 6 tackles