LUCKEY — Eastwood used 12 plays of 15 or more yards to fuel a 64-17 victory over Rossford in Northern Buckeye Conference play Friday.
|Eastwood’s Brent Schlumbohm puts the hit on Rossford’s John Allen. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Eagles only ran nine plays in the first quarter, but jumped out to a 30-0 lead.
“Anytime you start out the way we did tonight, it kind of takes them out of what they want to do and things were just working,” said Eastwood head coach Jerry Rutherford. “Some nights things just really work and that’s one of the nights for us offensively.”
Eastwood is 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the NBC. Rossford fell to 5-3, 3-2.
The Eagles’ first two possessions each lasted one play, as Devin Snowden broke runs of 71 and 18 yards for scores for a 14-0 lead.
“The line blocked how they were supposed to. Then, I just saw a hole and hit it on both plays,” Snowden said. “We executed how we had to, and how we practiced every day during the week. It just came down to execution and how we did it.”
Eastwood dominated the game on the ground, rushing for 377 yards and eight touchdowns, and having two running backs break the 100-yard mark, in Snowden (127) and Brent Schlumbohm (104).
“We have a lot of speed in our backfield. We have a number of backs and our offensive line is playing well,” Rutherford said. “We are pretty explosive and we are able to do some things.
“Compared to a year ago, there is so much more we can do offensively than we were able to with formations and plays and stuff. That makes a difference,” added Rutherford.
Eastwood added a 25-yard field goal by Lucas McCullough, a 23-yard interception return for a TD by Michael Glaze and a 10-yard rushing touchdown by Schlumbohm to close out the first, up 30-0.
In the second quarter, Grant Geiser scored on a 18-yard run to push the lead to 37-0.
The Eagles’ offense wasn’t the only thing clicking, as the defense forced six turnovers, four in the first half.
“We got the ball and drove down the field, then stalled out on downs, laid the ball on the carpet and threw picks. It’s really something that we haven’t done all year,” said Rossford head coach Todd Drusback. “We’ve been pretty efficient taking care of the football and all that stuff. Usually, it’s flip-flopped, we win the takeaway battle. Tonight, we didn’t. Tribute to Eastwood and their defense.”
After allowing 37 unanswered points, Rossford ended the half on a 10-0 run.
The Bulldogs scored on a 37-yard field goal by Hector Aguirre and an 8-yard halfback pass from Dylan Losiewicz to Noah Asmus.
However, Eastwood opened the second half with a three-play, 66-yard drive, capped off by a Geiser 22-yard touchdown run, pushing the lead to 44-10.
“We took the second-half kickoff and scored in three plays,” Rutherford said. “Things were just really working. We are pretty talented and our line does a good job up front.’’
Rossford scored one more time, a 5-yard pass from John Allen to Cota Sinclair, making it 44-17.
“Our concern was, can you stop them because they are able to score fast, too? Were we going to be able to stop them?” Rutherford said. “We did a good job of that tonight.”
Eastwood later added three rushing TDs to close out the game, including two from Ryan Mang.
Eastwood was ranked sixth in Division V, Region 16 of the computer rankings going into the game, as the Eagles are striving for a playoff berth.
“It’s really big because we get more computer points and our main goal right now is the state playoffs,” Snowden said. “Every win we get helps us towards that goal.”
Eastwood travels to Fostoria and Rossford visits Lake next Friday.
EASTWOOD 64, ROSSFORD 17
ROSSFORD 0 10 7 0 —17
EASTWOOD 30 7 7 20 —64
E— Snowden, 71 run (McCullough kick)
E— Snowden, 18 run (kick failed)
E— McCullough, 25 field goal
E— Glaze, 23 interception return (McCullough kick)
E— Schlumbohm, 10 run (McCullough kick)
E— Geiser, 18 run (McCullough kick)
R— Aguirre, 37 field goal
R— Asmus, 8 pass from Losiewicz (Aguirre kick)
E— Geiser, 22 run (McCullough kick)
R— Sinclair, 5 pass from Allen (Aguirre kick)
E— Mang, 9 run (kick failed)
E— Mang, 21 run (McCullough kick)
E— Davidson, 37 run (McCullough kick)
Category R E
First downs 19 12
By rushing 9 8
By passing 10 3
By penalty 0 1
Total net yards 321 465
Rushing 98 377
Passing 223 88
Attempts 36 5
Completions 16 3
Interceptions 3 1
Punts/average 3/31 1/29
Penalties/yards 5/45 3/30
Fumbles/lost 3/3 2/0
RUSHING: (R) Losiewicz, 23-70; Sinclair, 5-13; Allen, 6-6; Asmus, 3-6; Wagner, 3-3. (E) Snowden, 9-127; Schlumbohm, 10-104; Geiser, 12-77; Mang, 3-36; Davidson, 2-35; Sutton, 1-1; Brown 1-(minus 3).
PASSING: (R) Allen, 15-34-2—215; Losiewicz, 1-1-0—8; Asmus, 0-1-1—0. (E) Schmeltz, 3-5-1—88.
RECEIVING: (R) Asmus, 5-75; Myers, 3-45; Moore, 3-16; Childress, 2-28; Sinclair, 2-20; Losiewicz, 1-39. (E) Peters, 2-47; Flipse, 1-41.