“We played physical upfront on both sides of the ball tonight,” commented Coach Lee Etzler. “We were pleased with our ability to put the pressure on them with our defense and how well we covered their receivers. We were also pleased with our ability to control the ball on the offense side.”
The Eagles seem to have adapted well to poor field conditions with the Friday night rain the past few weeks. Running back Jason Nicodemus has been able to follow his blocking and find the holes. He slips through the defensive line and into the secondary for big gains. Friday night was no different as Nicodemus had four scores over 25 yards. He scored his first touchdown of the night with a 34 yard run. And he then scored on an eight yard run to give the Eagles a 12-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter a little momentum swing went towards Oak Hill, as they scored on a fourth down play. The score was 12-7 Eagles and they went three and out on their next possession giving the ball back to Oak Hill. Again the defense rose to the occasion as they forced the Golden Eagles to punt. Then on the fourth play of the drive Nicodemus gets the handoff and takes it 68 yards for the touchdown. That gave the Eagles an 18-7 lead at the half.
“Jason is an important part of our football team,” explained Coach Etzler. “We’ve had success when we give him the ball quite a bit and we gave him the ball quite a bit tonight. He performed well not only on the offensive side of the ball, but the defensive side too.”
Beginning the second half Oak Hill attempted an onside kick but touched it early and the Eagles took over at midfield. Cody Conwell ran a sweep down the Eagles’ sidelines for 29 yards on the first play. Then Jay Petrie passed to Nicodemus for a 27 yard score and with the extra point the Eagles led 25-7. On Oak Hill’s next possession Logan Harris stripped the ball out of the receivers’ hands and Teegan Brumbaugh jumped on it to give the Eagles the ball again at midfield. Churubusco struck quick as Petrie hit Nicodemus for a 39 yard touchdown pass extending the Eagle lead to 32-7.
“They have talent and they can run the ball,” added Coach Etzler. “McDevitt is the most talented receiver we have seen. So I’m real pleased on how we dealt with him. He had few catches, but everything was in front of us. Logan Harris played outstanding, he made good tackles and good plays from his corner position.”
In the final period each team scored. Braydon Shively crossed the goal line from 5 yards out and Oak Hill scored on a 48 yard pass play to end with the Eagles on top 38-14.
The Eagles will travel to Elwood this Friday night. Kickoff will be at 7:00 p.m.