EATON — Eaton’s varsity football team celebrated homecoming with a wild 41-35 victory over Southwestern Buckeye League foe Bellbrook on Friday, Sept. 23. EHS overcame a 15-point deficit going into the fourth quarter to score the final three touchdowns of the game and squeak past the Golden Eagles.
“We really had a crazy game,” said Eaton coach Brad Davis. “To score 21 and keep them out of the end zone in the fourth quarter is just crazy. We were down two scores in the second half. We could have folded, but we focused after the Franklin game to keep moving forward and to keep playing. The offense really looked good.”
Lew Bowser had a good night, being responsible for all the Eagles’ touchdowns.
“He played really well offensively,” Davis said. “He spread the ball around a little bit, the receivers had some huge receptions for us. But key conversions and scrambles by Bowser made things happen, and he counted for almost all of the offense. This is kind of what we wanted to happen.”
Eaton scored first on a rushing touchdown from Bowser in the first quarter.
Bellbrook responded, but missed its point after try, which left Eaton with a 7-6 lead.
Early in the second quarter, Bellbrook recovered a fumble and ran in for a touchdown to gain a 13-7 lead.
Bellbrook scored on pass play at end of the half, putting them up, 21-14. There were a total of seven turnovers — Bellbrook had four to Eaton’s three.
In the third quarter, Bellbrook rushed for a touchdown, helped along by a few penalties on the Eagles. But Eaton answered with a pass from Bowser to Jordan Lewis for a touchdown, to close the score at 28-20.
Penalties on Eaton helped the visitors extend their lead to 35-20, after another touchdown.
The fourth quarter, however, was nearly perfect for the homecoming team. Wilson caught a pass for a touchdown early to make the score 35-27. On the next drive, Bellbrook was forced to punt. Eaton took advantage of the defensive stand and rushed for another touchdown by Bowser, but failed on a two-point conversion. Down 35-33, the Eagles kicked deep with two minutes left to play.
Bellbrok started at its 15-yard line but was once again forced to punt, giving the ball to Eaton near the 40-yard line.
In the closing moments of the game, Bowser crossed the goal line for the final touchdown. A two-point conversion pass to Wilson worked, and Eaton closed the game out, 41-35.
“(It was a) pretty emotional game,” said Davis. “We kept playing through the adversity. The offense fueled the defense in this one. We stopped them on fourth down a couple of times. We were able to convert when we needed them the most. We felt like we took our best shot and stunned Bellbrook.”
Bowser had 25 completions on 42 passes for 431 yards and two touchdowns. He was also the main rusher, going for 151 yards on 19 carries and four touchdowns.
Wilson was the top receiver with nine catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. Lewis hauled in eight passes for 87 yards and a score. Alex Almeyda-Roe grabbed four catches for 31 yards, while Zac Schmidt had three receptions for 75 yards.
“Our focus was to call this the ‘second season’ and get back to getting even in the league,” Davis said. “We didn’t want to be 0-2 in the standings. We have to take care of the next opponent on the schedule.”
With the win, Eaton holds a 2-3 overall record, and stands at 1-1 in the Southwestern Buckeye League Southwestern Division. The Eagles will travel to SWBL foe Monroe on Friday, Sept. 30.
Reach Oliver Sanders at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @osanders_RH
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