PREBLE COUNTY — Eaton’s football team dropped to 0-7 with a 41-6 loss to visiting Bellbrook on Friday, Oct. 5. Eaton allowed the visitors to score on their first six possessions of the game — all in the first half — to take a 41-0 lead at halftime.
Eaton, which was celebrating homecoming, scored on the game’s final play, a 5-yard touchdown pass from Dawson Blaylock to Zac Schmidt.
“We’re still playing too inconsistently — especially against a good opponent — to have sustained success,” Eaton coach Brad Davis said. “Defensively, we did some good things. We won first down more often than not. That was a focus coming into the game. We wanted to stay away from second and long and 3rd and short situations. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get off the field on third down; gave up too many conversions (and) add in the explosive plays allowed in the passing game. Against a style like Bellbrook, we cannot allow the passing game to hurt us and three of their first four touchdowns came in the pass game.”
Bellbrook scored on a 44-yard TD pass with 8:43 left in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead. They added a 60-yard run for a 14-0 lead with 3:02 remaining in the first quarter. They closed out the scoring in the first quarter on a 28-yard TD pass with :11 left for a 21-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Bellbrook scored on a 10-yard pass, a 26-yard run and a 34-yard run.
“Offensively, we moved the ball at times but again had too many negative plays, many on first down. We didn’t consistently win the line of scrimmage,” Davis said. “Also, the field position battle, which was huge in favor of Bellbrook.”
Eaton will remain home this Friday to host Franklin.
Shawnee loses to Milton, 36-3
Preble Shawnee scored the game’s first points on a field goal, but failed to score again in a 36-3 loss to visiting Milton-Union.
The Bulldogs took a 14-3 lead after the first quarter and held a 28-3 lead at halftime.
Shawnee, which has dropped five straight, is now 1-6 overall and 0-3 in the SWBL. The Arrows will host Dixie (1-6, 1-3 SWBL) on Friday.