EATON — The Eaton Eagle football team had to play against St. Henry in a rare early-morning game on Saturday, Sept 5, after their game was rained out on Friday, Sept. 4.
After falling to Greenville in the opening week, and after a slow start, the Eagles faced a similar fate against St. Henry on Saturday, losing 28-6.
The Eagles found themselves trailing 7-0 after they were unable to secure the opening kickoff, resulting in St. Henry having good field position and grabbing a 7-point lead early in the game.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, turnovers leading to scores remained a theme for the rest of the morning.
“We turned the ball over three times which led to 21 points; we muffed the opening kickoff and two interceptions that ultimately led to touchdowns. You can’t have giveaways. One of our goals is to win the takeaway turnover battle — we lost it and the final score was a result of that,” said Eagle’s coach Brad Davis.
St. Henry tacked on two more scores for a 21-point halftime lead as Eaton was shut out in the first half.
Davis said the team is currently suffering from too many mental errors.
“It comes down to execution and it still comes down to missed assignments and guys just doing what their supposed to do,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be a great play or an exceptional play, guys just have to do what they are supposed to on each play. We still have too many mistakes, too many missed assignments — and it cost us.”
St. Henry extended the lead to 28 in the third quarter and the Eagles still failed to get any offense going.
Eaton got on the board in fourth quarter, but missed the extra point for a final score of 28-6.
Davis said the team will go to work in practice in hopes of getting in the win column before SWBL play begins in two weeks.
“We still have to keep drilling them, still got to keep focusing on our fundamentals and being disciplined and again, just doing what were supposed to on that particular play,” Davis said. “It’s nothing really glaring, it’s nothing we can really pinpoint and that’s the frustrating thing. It’s just things we’ve been working on since July camp. We just have to keep working hard.”
Eaton is now 0-2 as they prepare to host Talawanda on Friday, Sept 11.
Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or an Twitter @aschmidt_RH.