BELLBROOK — Eaton scored its second football victory of the season, winning a convincing 34-7 contest over Bellbrook and improving to 1-1 in Southwestern Buckeye League play on Friday, Sept. 26.
The two Eagles played evenly through one quarter of play, with Eaton’s team forcing a three-and-out before scoring on its first play from scrimmage courtesy of a 71-yard strike from quarterback Lew Bowser to Tyrell David.
“I think the beginning of the game was huge, the way we started,” said Eaton head coach Brad Davis. “This gave our guys some confidence. We got the looks we expected and took advantage of them. We haven’t started fast like that, so that really set the tempo for the remainder of the game.”
Bellbrook responded on its ensuing drive, turning a short pass into a 66-yard score. That score would be the only offensive production Bellbrook saw on the night, however.
Eaton put another touchdown on the board before halftime as Bowser connected with Austin Hartzler for a 22-yard score in the second quarter. The failed PAT put the Eagles up 13-7 at the break.
Out of the half, Eaton’s defense forced three turnovers – two interceptions and fumble – on its way to a dominating effort.
“Due to their offensive scheme, we had to be disciplined on defense. They have some big-play talent and we could not afford to get out of position,” said Davis. “We challenged the defensive line to get some pressure on the quarterback in passing situations. We’ve been a step late to some sack opportunities this season so it was good to see those guys finish.”
Eaton tacked on two touchdown runs from Damon Willard from three yards and one yard out. Bowser also added a 34-yard run in the fourth.
Bowser finished the game 13-for-21 for 201 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 20 rushes for 145 yards and a score. Willard also added 20 carries for 133 yards and a score. Eaton finished with 311 rushing yards on the game.
David led the receivers with four catches for 121 yards and a score. Hartzler had two grabs for 25 yards and a touchdown.
“This was probably our best offensive production this season. We were able to spread the ball around to multiple receivers and (Willard) and (Bowser) had a good balance with their rushes and yards,” said Davis. “The more we are able to that, the better we are going to be. It puts a little extra pressure on the opponent’s defense when they cannot key one or two guys.”
On the defensive side, Darius Spears finished with one forced fumble and one interception. Kevin Melling added two sacks while Aaron Tolliver added a pick.
Eaton continues conference play on Friday, Oct. 2, when the team hosts Monroe at 7 p.m.