Article Eaton Eagles fly over the Richmond Red Devils 49-7

Last night I made my first trip to Eaton High School to watch the Eaton Eagles host the Richmond Red Devils out of Indiana. The Ohio team was a big favorite according to Cal Preps and I agreed with their predictions based on my little knowledge of both teams.

The Eaton defense got the on-slaught started when Brandon Couch slung Haviaire Lapsley to the ground for a 1-yard loss after Lapsley had caught a pass. The Eagles offense was quickly on the field and flew high needing just one play to take the 6-0 lead, on a 79-yard touchdown pass from Chris Atkins to Conner Bach. Jon Hewitt nailed the point after kick and then he put the first of four straight kickoffs in the endzone. Hewitt has to be getting some strong college looks, the kid has a D-1 type of leg.

The night got longer for the Red Devils when Ben Holliday bobbled the snap on an attempted punt and he was smothered by Leslie Orr to give the Eagles a first and goal at the Red Devils 7-yard line. One play later Atkins used his legs and fine work from the offensive line to make this a 14-0 game, with 8:17 still left in the opening quarter.

The final score in the quarter ended a two-play, 43-yard drive for the Eagles that ended with Atkins to Bach 27-yard score. Bach looked like he could have got 20 or 30 passes Head Coach Brad Davis wanted to allow him to do so. The kid found a way to be open as easily as any receiver I have watched in a long time.

Brayden Deem hauled in a pass for a 12-yard gain to set up first and goal for the Eagles at the 5-yard line. Brycen Simpson made this a 28-0 game at the 9:56 mark of the 2nd quarter. The drive did take eight plays and totaled 36 yards. The Eagles offense was back on the field again a couple of minutes later when Simpson acted like Barry Sanders twisting and turning causing would-be tacklers to miss him while he picked up 27 yards. From there Atkins found Bach for 17 yards. The ten-, 74-yard drive ended on an Atkins to Deem 16-yard touchdown pass to make this a 35-0 game.

With the running clock, the 2nd half flew by allowing the fans mostly the Eagles fans to stay in their seats. The Richmond crowd had started heading back to Indiana to avoid any traffic. Cordis Beard lit the scoreboard up on his 32-yard run to give us a 42-0 score with 8:27 left in the third. JT Gels sacks Red Devils quarterback, Jayden Shipp to keep the Red Devils with 4:40 left in the quarter. The Red Devils, who never quit would finally break through the Eagles defense with Lewis Alexander racing for a 69-yard score. Holliday would make this a 42-7 game with his point-after kick.

Eric Starks busted off a 49-yard run for the Eagles then with 4:35 left in the game Caleb Cole would reverse field going nearly sideline to sideline to pull off a nice 13-yard score to give us our final score 49-7.

My stats

41 plays
142 yards
Passing, 3-11

36 plays
357 yards
Passing, 9-9 2 Touchdowns