TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The Eastern defense held Waterford to 46 yards of total offense to en route to a 28-0 win Friday night at East Shade River Stadium. EHS scored its points in the second and fourth quarters, respectively.
In the start of the first quarter, Eastern’s quarterback Chase Cook fumbled the handoff and Waterford (1-3, 1-2 TVC Hocking) quickly recovered the ball at the EHS 26-yard line. However, Waterford’s turned the ball over on downs on its next offensive possession.
Eastern (2-2, 2-1), on the other hand, failed on a fourth down conversion. By the end of the first quarter, the score of the game was a scoreless tie.
At the 11:49 mark into the second quarter, Zack Scowden had a 36-yard touchdown run and a successful PAT kick by Christian Speelman, making the score was 7-0 in favor of the Eagles.
Waterford turned the ball back over to EHS from failing to convert another fourth down. Eastern regained the possession of the ball and marched the ball down the field. With 5:35 left in the second quarter, Chase Cook connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass to Zack Scowden and a successful two-point conversion by Scowden, giving the Eagles a 15-0 lead going into halftime.
In the third quarter, Eastern had tree offensive possessions and two turnovers. Waterford had four offensive possessions and one turnover.
The Wildcats’ turnover in the second half was an interception pass from Joe Pugh into the hands of Cook at the 3:28 mark left in the third quarter. After each team turned the ball over at least once in the third quarter, the Eagles still controlled the game with a 15-0 lead.
Within two minutes into the fourth quarter, each team punted the ball to each other. Another costly turnover by Waterford’s Joe Pugh interception pass with 6:11 left in the game, giving Eastern an opportunity to increase its lead.
At the 4:27 mark in the fourth quarter, Dylan Bresciani had a four-yard touchdown run and a successful PAT kick by Speelman, the Eagles were ahead of the Wildcats 22-0.
With 45 seconds left in the game, Bresciani connected a 66-yard touchdown pass to Scowden and an unsuccessful two-point conversion gave the Eagles the final score of 28-0.
Dylan Bresciani led the Eagles with 2-of-5 with 70 passing yards and one touchdown, followed by Chase Cook with 2-of-11 with 35 passing yards and one touchdown. Zack Scowden led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 81 yards and one touchdown.
Chase Cook had eight carries for 35 yards. Dylan Bresciani had four carries for 25 yards and one touchdown. Zach Browning had four carries for 23 yards.
Tyler Barber had four carries for five yards and Tristen Goodnite had one carry for negative three yards. Zack Scowden led the Eagles with two receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Barber had one reception for eight yards and Cameron Richmond had one reception for 4 yards.
EHS had a total of 11 first downs. EHS had 156 rushing yards and 105 passing yards, and a total of 261 yards of offense. A total of five penalties for 65 yards. A total of one fumble and one for a lost.
Joe Pugh led the Wildcats with 5-of-13 with 12 passing yards and two interceptions. Austin Lang led the team with 12 carries for 31 rushing yards. Jaret McCucheon had 10 carries for 17 yards. Dalton Ball had one carry for four yards. Isaac Huffman had seven carries for negative four yards.
Tyler McCutcheon had two carries for negative five yards. Joe Pugh had two carries for negative nine yards. Jaret McCutcheon led WHS wih two receptions for eight yards. Tyler McCutcheon had two receptions for four yards. Brendon Daily had one reception for zero yards.
The Wildcats had a total of seven first downs. WHS had 34 rushing yards and 12 passing yards, and a total of 46 yards of offense. A total of three penalties for 30 yards. One fumble and one for a lost.
The Eastern Eagles will travel to South Gallia next Friday for for a Week 5 TVC Hocking matchup at 7:30 p.m.