(updated 11:50 p.m.) Eastwood hands Lake first loss (10-4-13)
Written by Kevin Gordon Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor
Friday, 04 October 2013 21:38
LUCKEY — Eastwood’s defense fashioned a gem Friday night.
|Eastwood’s Grant Geiser (left) stiff arms Lake’s Todd Walters during the first half Friday night at Eastwood. (J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
The Eagles allowed just 151 yards en route to a 21-0 victory over Lake, handing the 18th-ranked Flyers their first loss of the season.
Eastwood allowed only 50 yards rushing and limited standout quarterback Jared Rettig to just 9-of-18 passing for 101 yards.
Rettig was under heavy pressure throughout the game and Eastwood’s secondary blanketed Lake’s receivers. The Flyers also failed to generate any consistent rushing attack.
Lake entered the game averaging 46.6 points and 411.4 yards per contest.
Both teams are 2-1 in the Northern Buckeye Conference. Lake is 5-1 overall, while Eastwood is 4-2.
“I’m really proud of our defense,” said Eastwood coach Jerry Rutherford, who recorded his 200th win. He is 200-129 in 32 seasons with the Eagles.
Eastwood’s defense was coming off a tough outing in last week’s 41-7 loss to third-ranked Genoa, which ran for 432 of its 509 total yards.
“To get a shutout against that offense is huge for our defense,” Rutherford said. “They really played well. We didn’t give up any big plays. It was a total team effort by our defense.”
Lake’s offense was rolling, too. Rettig had completed 66 percent of his passes for 929 yards and 14 touchdowns, and the Flyers were averaging 6.0 yards per rush.
“We couldn’t get anything going offensively. We looked slow,” said Lake coach Mark Emans, an Eastwood graduate and a good friend of Rutherford. “Jerry’s team was more physical than mine on the offensive side of the ball, and their defense played well.”
Although Eastwood’s defense was a collective effort, cornerbacks Jordon Faykosh and Jake Schmeltz were effective against Lake receivers Adam Duncan and Todd Walters.
Duncan and Walters combined for 31 catches and eight TDs in the first five games.
Linebacker Grant Geiser led the Eagles with 11 tackles, while linebackers Ryan Mang and Brennan Seifert each had eight.
“Everyone took care of their responsibilities and the coaches had us well-prepared,” Geiser said.
The Eagles took a 14-0 lead in the second quarter on Schmeltz’s two scoring passes to Michael Flipse, covering 40 and 22 yards.
The first score came on a flea flicker down the middle of the field to a wide-open Flipse, The Eagles also scored on the same play against Oak Harbor in Week 3.
“We saw it was open and went for it,” said Schmeltz, who was 6-of-10 for 91 yards. “When I saw (Flipse), I knew he was open. I just had to make sure I didn’t miss the throw.”
The second TD pass came when the right-handed Schmeltz rolled to his left and hit Flipse on the left sideline. The score came only three plays after Eastwood had converted on fourth-and-eight from the Lake 36, thanks to a 14-yard pass to Devin Snowden in the left flat.
The Eagles’ other TD came on Brennan Seifert’s 6-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Eastwood rushed 48 times for 152 yards, including 61 yards from Snowden. But the Eagles failed to score on first-and-goal from the Lake 9 on their first possession.
But the Eagle offense still complemented the defense by controlling the clock and keeping the Flyer offense on the sidelines for over 60 percent of the game.
The Eagles ran 58 of the game’s 102 plays and held the ball for 30:06 of the 48-minute game. Eastwood’s three TD drives averaged nine plays and 62 yards.
“We drove the ball well, but we need to finish more of our drives,” Schmeltz said.
Lake’s defense played well, despite being on the field for most of the game.
“Their defense did a nice job,” Rutherford said. “They made it tough to run the ball.”
With Genoa rolling at 6-0, 3-0, it’s unlikely the Eagles and Flyers will win the NBC. But both can make the playoffs.
Genoa and Lake are in Division IV, while Eastwood is in Division V.
“We put the Genoa game behind us and focused on this week,” Schmeltz said. “This is a huge win that will give us a lot of confidence.”
EASTWOOD 21, LAKE 0
LAKE 0 0 0 0 —0
EASTWOOD 0 14 0 7 —21
E — Flipse, 40 pass from Schmeltz (McCullough kick)
E — Flipse, 22 pass from Schmeltz (McCullough kick)
E — Seifert, 6 run (McCullough kick)
Category L E
First downs 11 13
By rushing 6 9
By passing 4 4
By penalty 1 0
Total net yards 151 243
Rushing 50 152
Passing 101 91
Attempts 18 10
Completions 9 6
Interceptions 0 0
Punts/average 6/33.5 4/23.8
Penalties/yards 2/16 2/20
Fumbles/lost 2/1 2/0
RUSHING: (L) Bryan, 6-30; Rettig, 13-2; Short, 4-9; Walsh, 3-9. (E) Snowden, 20-61; Seifert, 13-24; Schlumbohm, 6-43; Schmeltz, 7-22; Geiser, 2-2.
PASSING: (L) Rettig, 9-18-0–101. (E) Schmeltz, 6-10-0—91.
RECEIVING: (L) Duncan, 4-66; Walsh, 2-15; Bryan, 1-13; Greenlese, 2-7. (E) Flipose, 4-76; Peters, 1-13; Seifert, 1-2.
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