EATON — For fans who like a lot of offense, Eaton was the place to be Friday, Oct. 14.
Unfortunately, it was not a game for those who like defense, as the Eagles gave up eight touchdowns in their 55-28 loss against Southwestern Buckeye League rival Brookville.
Eaton amassed 441 total yards, but visiting Brookville was better.
“That’s what we told the guys, that I was pretty pleased with the offense,” said Eaton coach Brad Davis. “We had only a few miscues here and there, but we were able to move the ball on them and reached the endzone four times.”
“Defensively, it was embarrassing,” Davis said. “Nothing else really needs to be said. We lacked passion, energy and fundamentals on defense.”
The first quarter belonged to the visiting Blue Devils. On the very first play of the game, Eaton quarterback Lew Bowser threw an interception to Brookville’s Bailey Wallen. From there, Wallen scored three touchdowns on runs of seven, 60, and 46 yards, to give Brookville a 21-0 lead.
Eaton was able to move the ball effectively after their first possession, but was unable to score until the second quarter when Caleb Puckett ran wide to the left near the goal line for a 3-yard rushing touchdown, putting Eaton on the board at 21-7.
But Wallen added two more touchdowns in the second quarter on runs of one and 75 yards, to take a 35-7 lead.
The Eagles didn’t give up — a pass from Bowser to Ghye Wilson led to a 40-yard touchdown after some key missed tackling by Brookville with only 24 seconds left in the quarter. The halftime score was 35-14.
Brookville opened the third quarter in much the same way as they had the first half, with Wallen running for a 39-yard touchdown to increase the Blue Devils’ lead. Brookville added another touchdown run, this time from fullback Jacob Fillbrun who powered his way in from three yards out.
The extra-point kick missed the uprights, but Brookville was up 48-14 with 4:26 left in the quarter. Eaton responded before the end of the third, with a touchdown pass from Bowser to Zac Schmidt, who scrambled 34 yards down the sideline for the score.
A pass for the two-point conversion was good, and the scoreboard read 48-24.
In the fourth quarter, both teams replaced their starters, but not before Wallen scored his seventh touchdown run of the night. Eaton was able to cross the goal line once more, with Bowser passing to Alex Almeyda-Roe for a 37-yard touchdown reception. Brookville then converted a few first downs and the quarterback took a knee to finish the game.
Bowser led the Eagles’ offense, with 17 completions on 24 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns. Puckett carried 26 times for 162 yards and a touchdown. Almeyda-Roe had five catches for 106 yards, while Wilson had six catches for 83 yards. Each had one touchdown reception.
“We didn’t give our offense enough chances,” Davis said. “We had to get them back on the field more than they had. We had some good looks that we thought we ere going to get offensively and wanted to take advantage of those opportunities but we just didn’t stop them at all.
“Bowser and Wilson have been doing this all year long and they have become a good connection and have been on the same page most of the time,” he added. “It’s nice to have that ability, and with the rest of the receiving corps. We have two more games to play so it will be interesting to see how the team will bounce back from this.”
The loss puts Eaton last in the Southwestern Division with a 1-4 record. They are 2-6 overall. On Friday, Oct. 21, the Eagles will host the Carlisle Indians, who currently top the SWBL Buckeye Division standings.
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