Knock off Iroquois, 55-6

Times Observer File Photo by Steve Younger In this file photo from the season opener last week, Eisenhower’s Zane Alexander finds plenty of running room. He had another fine game last night in the Knights’ 55-6 road win against Iroquois.

ERIE — Eisenhower had no problem on the road Friday, posting a 55-6 win over Iroquois.

Eisenhower’s Caleb Robinault pounced on a mishandled opening kickoff at the 5-yard line and one play later, Cael Black ran in for a touchdown. The Knights led 6-0 just 28 seconds into the game.

Robinault then intercepted a pass at the 32-yard line and two plays later Eisenhower quarterback Owen Trumbull connected with Dillon Benson for a 65-yard touchdown. Three minutes into the game, the Knights led 13-0.

The Eisenhower defense stepped up next, stopping a fake-punt attempt for a 10-yard loss on fourth-and-9 from the 43-yard line. Facing a fourth-and-8 from the 21-yard line, Trumbull completed an 8-yard pass to Mike Jones to keep the drive alive. Three plays later, Black scored from the 2-yard line for a 20-0 lead.

Next it was Zane Alexander scoring from the 5-yard line after a five-play drive to make it 27-0 before the first quarter was over.

“Our defense just played outstanding tonight. The D-line was just unreal,” Eisenhower head coach Jim Penley said. “I thought Colby Haag, Cael Black and Jared Beers just dominated tonight.”

The next drive by the Braves lasted two plays before Trumbull stripped the ballcarrier and set up the Knights at midfield. A short drive set up a second-and-4 from the Braves’ 22-yard line where Trumbull connected with Alexander for a touchdown. Jake Venman’s kick was good making it 34-0.

The Knights would add another first-half touchdown on a 30-yard touchdown pass to Jones.

In the second half, Trumbull connected with Benson for a 59-yard touchdown before Iroquois finally got on the scoreboard with an 8-yard Mario Domingo touchdown run.

The Knights’ final touchdown came on a 48-yard run by sophomore Keegan Eckstrom. Venman’s kick made the score 55-6.

“Just a great team win against another quality opponent,” Penley said. “All the phases of the game worked for us tonight: passing, rushing the ball, the defense getting turnovers. The physical play of the offensive line just gets better. … Zane Alexander just keeps finding ways to score.”

The Knights’ defense created four turnovers on the night.

“They have a killer instinct on defense. It’s like a shark smelling blood in the water,” Penley said. “They want to keep a team down.”

NOTES: The Knights will host Seneca on Friday night for Senior Night. … Trumbull completed 5-of-12 passes for 181 yards and three touchdowns. … Black ran 11 times for 46 yards and two touchdowns. … Benson caught two passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.


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