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Impressive Opener

Eisenhower pours it on against Union City

Times Observer Photo by Steve Younger Eisenhower had seven sacks en route to a 47-0 win over Union City on Friday night.

RUSSELL — The Eisenhower Knights were firing on all cylinders Friday night at the “pasture of pain.”

The Knights scored on offense, defense and special teams as they beat the Union City Bears, 47-0.

The Knights received the opening kickoff and drove down to the Union City 4-yard line, sparked by a 62-yard run from junior Cael Black. The Knights were stopped on downs and Union City took over deep in its own territory. The Knights defense stood tall, aided by a sack by Benji Bauer and Black as the Bears were forced to punt.

The Knights’ drive ended after a Union City interception, and after exchanging punts by both teams the Knights began the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown reception by senior Caleb Robinault. The point-after attempt was no good.

The Knights forced a Union City punt on the next series, which Zane Alexander returned for a 65-yard touchdown. Jake Venman’s PAT was good this time to make the score 13-0 with 10:21 left in the second quarter.

After a Union City punt, the Knights took possession and Alexander found paydirt once again on a 42-yard run making the score 20-0 with 4:07 left in the half. Union City started to move the ball, but the Knights defense forced a punt. After a nice return by Alexander, pass completions of 22 yards to Dillon Benson and 11 yards to Alexander set the Knights up in close. Owen Trumbull then scored from the 1-yard line on a quarterback sneak and Venman’s successful PAT made it 27-0 at halftime.

The second half began with both teams exchanging punts once again. The Knights began their next drive on the Union City 21-yard line and Black scored on a 21-yard run off the left side of the offensive line. Venman’s kick made it 34-0 with 6:38 left in the third quarter.

The Knights scored once again on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Trumbull to Benson. Venman’s kick was no good and the score stood at 40-0 until sophomore Steven Reilly scored on a 23-yard run Venman’s kick made it 47-0.

Eisenhower head coach Jim Penley was pleased with his team’s performance overall, but did credit the Union City defense.

“They took away our passing game early which opened the running game up. I was very happy with the play of our offensive line,” the veteran coach said, adding about Black, “he just had a superb game. He plays with such intensity it sets a tone for our defense. He just wants to win.”

Penley also said he felt the depth of his squad helped in getting guys a break when needed.

“The play of our younger players certainly helped us tonight,” he said. “I was very pleased with their efforts out there.”

NOTES: Trumbull finished 15 of 27 for 182 yards with a pair of touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown. … Benson caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdown. … Black caught five passes for 74 yards. … Black ran six times for 80 yards.

Union City 0 0 0 0 — 0

Eisenhower 6 21 13 7 — 47

Eis–Robinault 22 pass from Trumbull (kick failed)

Eis–Alexander 65 punt return (Venman kick)

Eis–Alexander 42 run (Venman kick)

Eis–Trumbull 1 run (Venman kick)

Eis–Black 21 run (Venman kick)

Eis–Benson 22 pass from Trumbull (kick failed)

Eis–Reilly 23 run (Venman kick)

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