Another week of high school football, another win for the Region 2-leading Eisenhower Knights.
Although the end result was the same, this game looked a little different on the stat sheet.
With Eisenhower's leading rusher John Pascuzzi held to a season-low 43 yards - on eight carries, it was senior quarterback Aaron Lundmark who led the Knights offense with 171 yards and four touchdowns through the air en route to a 48-13 win over Cambridge Springs.
Times Observer photo by Ben Oviatt
The Eisenhower Knights huddle up before Friday night's 48-13 win over the visiting Cambridge Springs Blue Devils. The Knights are now 5-1 overall and a perfect 5-0 in Region 2.
"They were packing six guys in on the line, and nine in the box," said Eisenhower coach Jim Penley, whose Knights are 5-1 overall with the Homecoming game win. "The pass is what they gave us, so that's what we went with."
The Knights wasted no time getting on the board in the first quarter. After a Nathan O'Brien interception return to the Cambridge Springs 10-yard line, Lundmark hit O'Brien on Eisenhower's first offensive play of the game to take a 6-0 lead.
Looking to jump out quickly, the Knights recovered an onside kick and Lundmark struck again, this time to a wide-open Richard Knisley from 26 yards out.
Despite the pressure from the Blue Devil defense, Pascuzzi refused to be kept off the board, pounding in a 3-yard run to extend the Knight's lead to 20-0 at the end of the quarter.
Lundmark started the second quarter in the same fashion with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Rob Wilston, and Alex Johnson found the end zone from two yards out to put the Knights up 34-0 before Cambridge Springs could get on the board.
Lundmark and O'Brien hooked up once more to start the second half with a score, and Bryce Garris broke through the line to notch Eisenhower's final touchdown before sending in the reserves to run out the clock and improve the Knights' record to 5-0 in the region.
Eisenhower has now won five straight games following a Week 1 non-region loss to Mercer.
"My hope is that we have progressed," said Penley. "Guys have stepped up and filled roles; we have little things to fix but overall I like where we're headed."
Garris lead the rushing attack with 52 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. Trevor Spicer is back, adding 45 yards on five carries in addition to Pascuzzi's 43-yard, one touchdown effort.
The Knights will look to keep the momentum rolling next week when they visit Conneaut in a non-region match-up.
Cambridge Springs-Eisenhower Stats
E-Aaron Lundmark 10 yard pass to Nathan O'Brien, 10:04; Extra point attempt failed.
E-Aaron Lundmark 26 yard pass to Richard Knisley. 8:54; O'Brien kick.
E - John Pascuzzi 3 yard run, 3:22; O'Brien kick.
E-Aaron Lundmark 15 yard pass to Rob Wilston, 10:43; O'Brien kick.
E - Alex Johnson 2 yard run, 5:03; O'Brien kick.
C - Colton Noble 35 yard run, 3:36; 2-pt. conversion attempt failed.
E - Aaron Lundmark 32 yard pass to Nathan O'Brien, 9:16; O'Brien kick.
E - Bryce Garris 1 yard run, 4:24; O'Brien kick.
C - Devin Walker 4 yard run, 3:36; Hahn kick.
RUSHING-E - Bryce Garris 9-52 1TD, Trevor Spicer 5-45, John Pascuzzi 8-43 1TD, Rob Wilston 3-22, Alex Johnson 5-15 1TD, Cody Catrell 4-7, Drew Myer 1-4, Louie Head 1-(-2), Carter Farrell 1-0; C - Colton Noble 15-112 1TD, Devin Walker 3-22 1TD, Hahn 1-4, Luke LeSuer 3-2.
PASSING-E - Aaron Lundmark 8/13-171 4TD; C - Devin Walker 7/17-67.
RECEIVING-E - Nathan O'Brien 3-76 2TD, Rob Wilston 2-44 1TD, Richard Knisley 1-26 1TD, Jake Johnson 1-25, Trevor Spicer 1-0; C - Weston Stafford 3-31, Luke LeSuer 1-17, Hahn 2-12, Colton Noble 1-7.