Eisenhower clinched first place - to repeat - in Region 2 at 6-0 with a 45-8 victory over Union City Friday night at Eisenhower High School.
"We came out and we fought hard," said Eisenhower coach Jim Penley, whose Knights are 6-2 overall - with over 500 total yards on the night. "There was a lot of focus."
Eisenhower jumped out to an early lead with a 75-yard run from Carter Farrell barely 16 seconds into the game. From that play on, the Knights didn't let up on the Region 2 opponent.
Times Observer photo by Kiley Fischer
Eisenhower’s Logan Bellardo is tackled by three Union City defenders as Brennan Garris follows the play Friday night at Eisenhower High School. Eisenhower defeated Union City 45-8 to finish at the top of Region 2.
Jarret Johnson recovered a Union City fumble on the six-yard line and ran the ball in neatly for a touchdown. Alex Johnson and Farrell earned two nice runs-75 yards and 45 yards, respectively-to add on two more touchdowns before the end of the first quarter.
The Knights weren't done.
The second quarter started off with a safety for Eisenhower before Farrell picked up his third touchdown of the night on a 34-yard pass from Rob Wilston barely 20 seconds later. Under pressure, Wilston picked up an extra two points on a pass to fellow senior Bryce Garris.
Causing turnovers was a strength for the Knights, which picked up four of Union City's six fumbles. Eisenhower's defense also helped keep Union City (1-7, 1-5 Region 2) off the scoreboard by holding the Bears to three first downs in the game, none of which occurred in the first half.
"We weren't taking this Union City team for granted," said Penley. "We've been there. We know what it's like to be on the other side of this. With us having the chance to win a championship tonight, which now we have, I'm terribly proud of these guys. It was a total team effort. Everyone was ready to go and everyone was prepared."
Penley doesn't see keeping his team focused being a problem over the next two weeks.
"We know what it's like to lose in the first round of the playoffs," he said. "We don't want to lose in the first round of the playoffs this year. I just told them, 'We just won the region, but that was never our goal this year.'
"We want to be competitive in the District playoffs," said Penley. "We're proud of what we've done, we're having a good time doing it, but our ultimate goal is to compete with the south. Until we play a game like that, we're not going to be content. Tonight, we did what a south team would do-they put points on you fast. I'm happy with that. Instead of messing around, we came out and did what we're supposed to do. Until we can come out and do that every single game and be like a south team, there's no complacency here."
Eisenhower takes the short trip down the road to visit a struggling Youngsville team next Friday.
Union City-Eisenhower Stats
E-Carter Farrell 75 run (Grant Venman kick), 11:44.
E-Jarrett Johnson 6 fumble return (Venman kick), 7:27.
E-Alex Johnson 75 run (Venman kick), 4:39.
E-Farrell 45 run (Venman kick), 0:56.7.
E-Eisenhower safety, 11:54
E-Farrell 34 pass from Wilston (Bryce Garris pass from Wilston), 11:36.
E-A. Johnson 37 pass from Wilston (Venman kick), 6:11.
U-Jake Kolodziejczak 16 pass from Joshua Still, (Shane Russell run), 12.
RUSHING-Union City, Still 7-3, Austin Mattocks 1-2, Chad Gernovich 1-4, Russell 10-3, Riley Cross 3-3, Tanner Hancock 7-36. Eisenhower, Wilston 5-5, Alex Johnson 6-141, 1 TD, Farrell 2-120, 2 TD, Logan Bellardo 6-54, Louie Head 8-60, Adam Pascuzzi 9-32, Drew Myer 1-3.
PASSING-Union City, Still 2-3-0-76, Russell 1-2-0-(minus 6). Eisenhower, Wilston 5-8-0-127, 2 TD, Head 1-1-0-5.
RECEIVING-Union City, Cross 1-(minus 6), Hancock 1-60, Kolodziejczak 1-16. Eisenhower, Jarrett Johnson 2-40, Head 1-16, Alex Johnson 1-37, 1 TD, Farrell 2-39, 1 TD.