Brilliant ‘Knight’

Trumbull tosses 6 TD passes, Ike claims region title

Times Observer Photo by Steve Younger Eisenhower’s defense kept Iroquois off the scoreboard until the final seconds en route to the Knights’ 61-8 victory on Friday night, while Owen Trumbull, bottom left, tossed six touchdown passes, including one to Zane Alexander, bottom right.

After a long, seven-year wait, Eisenhower is region champion again.

And, boy, was it impressive.

Owen Trumbull threw six first-half touchdown passes and the defense pitched a shutout until the final seconds, sending the Knights to a 61-8 victory Friday night over Iroquois.

“They are a phenomenal team,” Braves head coach Matt Morgan said. “We had to play perfect and we were no match for them. (They did) a great job. Jim Penley runs a great program.”

It was hard to argue that point.

Trumbull had TD passes of 78 and 39 yards to Caleb Robinault; and tosses of 10 yards to Zane Alexander, 54 yards to Caleb Black, 39 yards to Dillon Benson and another scoring strike to Trevor Welker.

At intermission, the Knights led, 47-0.

“That was probably as close to perfect offensively in the first half as any team I’ve coached here,” Penley said. ” … A lot of people made a lot of great plays tonight. Our offensive line was great, Owen had time all night long. Those guys had a heck of a game.”

Benji Bauer and Steven Reilly had TD runs of 33 and 11 yards in the second half to close out the Eisenhower scoring. Iroquois scored its lone TD with 10 seconds left.

In addition to his touchdown reception, Black scored on an 11-yard run, which was set up by Trumbull’s 62-yard scamper early in the first quarter.

Jake Venman booted seven extra-point kicks, while Darren Glotz added the other.

Eisenhower will be back in action next Saturday when it entertain Seneca. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m.


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