Eagles blank Bobcats, 41-0

FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio — This time, the Eastern High School football team was on the correct end of a shutout score.

After being blanked by a combined 57-0 in their opening two tilts, the Eagles flipped the script on the host Green Bobcats on Friday night — and crushed Green by a count of 41-0.

For the Eagles, who dropped decisions of 27-0 to River Valley and 30-0 at Miller in weeks one and two, they captured their first victory of the season.

Green, after a 12-0 triumph over Hannan a week ago, fell to an even 1-1.

The Eagles amassed 229 rushing yards on 41 carries, as Josh Brewer carried 18 times for four touchdowns and 142 yards.

Brewer rushed for scores of 15, four and 41 yards — and finally for a single yard in the fourth quarter.

Nate Durst delivered two TDs and 35 yards on 11 attempts, while Blaise Facemyer finished with 42 yards on seven totes.

Durst also completed half of his 14 passes for 80 yards — with both Blaise Facemyer (33 yards) and Sharp Facemyer (29 yards) making two receptions apiece.

Eastern’s decisive advantage in first downs stood at 20-4, and the Eagles ran off 60 plays compared to the Bobcats’ 37.

The Eagles also did the job defensively, as Green gained just 20 total yards, including seven rushing on 24 attempts.

The Bobcat passing attack was just 1-of-10 for 13 yards, while also throwing an interception.

Brewer scored the first 14 points for Eastern — on his 15-yard run in the first period and on his 4-yard plunge and two-point conversion run in the second.

Durst’s 2-yard dive made it 20-0 by halftime, as he then crossed from six yards away while adding a two-point run of his own early in the third quarter.

Later in the third, Brewer broke off for his 41-yard scamper —and Mollie Maxon made the extra-point kick for a 35-0 advantage.

The Eagles return home, and return to Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division action, against Federal Hocking next Friday.

By Paul Boggs

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