TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — The Eastern football team came out firing on all cylinders Friday night as it went up 21-0 after the first quarter and never looked back. The Eagles went on to win 47-6 over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division foe Miller in Meigs County.
Eastern (1-1, 1-0 TVC Hocking) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, as Joey Scowden took the first play from scrimmage 65 yards to the end zone on the quarterback keeper. After forcing the Falcons into a three-and-0ut EHS put a 63 yard, eight-play, drive together capped off by a six yard touchdown pass from Joey Scowden to Ethan Nottingham.
The Falcons began their next drive on the 30 yard line and managed a first down before getting intercepted by Eastern’s Alex Amos. The interception set the Eagles up in prime position to get back in the end zone. Nottingham broke a 24 yard touchdown run on the fourth play of the drive, giving EHS the 21-0 lead.
The Eagles defense again allowed just one first down to the opposition before forcing a turnover, and for the fourth consecutive drive EHS found pay dirt. This time it was Chase Cook receiving the five yard pass from Joey Scowden that gave the Eagles the score, and after the fourth consecutive extra point made by Max Carnahan, the 28-0 lead.
Miller began driving down the field when Zach Scowden intercepted a pass from quarterback Garrett Sinift and took it 44 yards the other way for the touchdown. The point after attempt was blocked by the Falcons and Eastern held a 34-0 lead.
Eastern’s Ross Keller recovered a fumble on the ensuing kickoff and it looked like the Eagles would find the end zone again. However the Falcons’ defense stepped up and forced EHS to punt. Neither team could manage to find the end zone the rest of the half and the Eagles went into the locker room with a 34-0 lead.
Miller received the ball after the half and quickly gained a first down. The Falcons were driving deep into EHS territory when Amos stripped the ball from the MHS runner and recovered it. The Eagles drove 65 yards in five plays and Nottingham capped it off with a seven yard touchdown run. Carnahan made the extra point to give The Eagles the 41-0 advantage.
EHS forced Miller into a three-and-out and regained control on the Falcons’ 46 yard line. An eight-play drive capped off by a four yard touchdown run by Joey Scowden. The point after attempt failed and EHS led 49-0 at the end of the third quarter.
Miller began it’s drive on its own 42 yard line and put together its first scoring drive of the night. Running back Kalib McKinnis punched it in from four yards away to give the Falcons six points.
Neither Eastern nor Miller were able to find the end zone despite both having lengthy drives and Eastern took the 47-6 victory.
Eastern held a 18 to 12 advantage in first downs on the night, as well as holding a 418-192 advantage in total yards. Eastern ran the ball 36 times on the night compiling 342 yards, while throwing for 76 yards on 8-of-14 passing. Miller managed just 166 yards on 44 rushing attempts, while throwing for 26 yards on 3-of-6 passing.
The Eagles were led on the ground by quarterback Joey Scowden, who ran 18 times for a total of 207 yards, and two touchdowns. Ethan Nottingham also passed the century mark on the ground, rushing for 107 yards and two TD’s on seven carries. Max Carnahan had on rush for 26 yards, while Troy Gantt rushed once for 13 yards, and Triston Goodnite carried the ball six times for seven yards.
Joey Scowden also led the EHS passing attack, throwing for 76 yards on 8-of-13 through the air. Alex Amos was Eastern’s leading receiver, catching three passes for 42 yards. Chase Cook caught three passes for 22 yards, while both Ethan Nottingham and Max Carnahan had one reception for six yards.
Kalib McKinnis led Miller on the ground and through the air with 76 yards on 14 attempts with one touchdown rushing and 1 catch for 15 yards. Garrett Sinift threw for 26 yards on 3-of-6 passing.
Eastern had nine penalties on the night totaling 60 yards, while Miller drew four penalties for 30 yards.
The Eagles return to action Friday night as they travel across the river to face defending TVC Hocking champion Wahama.