EATON — Eaton closed out the non-league portion of its schedule with a 31-14 win over visiting Talawanda on Friday, Sept. 2.
The win comes on the heels of a 34-12 loss at Springfield Shawnee.
“Coming off last week a win was paramount, get that get that taste out of our mouth,” Eaton coach Brad Davis said. “Love the first half. Second half was a little sketchy at times but happy for the guys to get back on the winning track.”
Eaton drove 61 yards in nine plays to score on the game’s first possession and never looked back.
Senior Danny Caldwell capped the four-plus minute drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to put the Eagles up 7-0.
“Chewed some clock up, punched the ball and that’s kind of what we want to do. Take what the defense gave us. I thought we did a nice job with the run and the pass early on,” Davis said. “Defense did a nice job with the exception that one kind of long drive. I think they converted three third and longs in that drive, maybe more.”
Eaton then drove 71 yards in 11 plays to extend its lead to 14-0 on a 4-yard touchdown run by Cordis Berard with 1:22 remaining in the first quarter.
Eaton made it a 21-0 game on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Brock Ebright to Leslie Orr with 8:15 left in the second quarter.
From that point on Davis felt his team may have relaxed.
The Brave drove 80 yards in 15 plays to cut Eaton’s lead to 21-7 with 2:17 left in the second quarter.
Kicker Drew Michael capped the first half scoring with a 42-yard field goal on the last play of the first half to push the Eagles lead to 24-7.
“(We) did enough to get a nice lead,” Davis said. “I think we just coasted maybe, got a little too lethargic, in the second half. I was a little surprised with that. I thought it might be a little bit better. So certainly, some things to improve on but we’re going to celebrate the victory.”
Talawanda closed within 24-14 with 7:03 left in the game after returning an Eaton fumble 50 yards for a touchdown.
The Brave had a chance to get with one score with just over five minutes left but missed a field goal wide left.
Eaton then responded with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Ebright to Brayden Deem with 3:35 remaining.
Ebright completed 11 of 23 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns. Berard rushed for 93 yards on 15 carries.
Eaton (2-1) is scheduled to travel to Bellbrook on Friday, Sept. 9 to begin Southwestern Buckeye League play. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.