Eisenhower wraps up perfect Region 5 slate
ERIE — The Eisenhower Knights traveled to Seneca on Saturday and came away with a 50-6 victory.
The Bobcats had no answer for the quick-strike scoring of the Knights’ offense and the Knights’ defense kept the Seneca offense out of the end zone for 49 minutes.
“I thought our line controlled the line of scrimmage which opened up some nice holes and gave Owen time to find the wideouts,” Eisenhower head coach Jim Penley said. “We have some things to fix this week. We can’t relax anymore, we have the bulls-eye squarely on our backs.”
The Knights received the opening kickoff and needed all of 1:19 for senior quarterback Owen Trumbull to connect with senior wide receiver Caleb Robinault for a 41-yard touchdown. Junior Jake Venman connected on one of his six point-after kicks on the day to put the Knights up 7-0.
Eisenhower’s defense forced the bobcats to punt on four downs and then junior Cael Black took a handoff from Trumbull behind blocks by senior Jared Beers and junior Gannon Jaquay, and ran for his first of three touchdowns on a 46-yard sprint to the end zone.
After another four-and-out for the Bobcats the Knights turned to senior Zane Alexander who took off for a 39-yard gain and nearly scored on a sprint down the sideline. Black then ran in a 14-yard touchdown.
Up 21-0 to start the second quarter, Trumbull would connect with Dillon Benson for a beautiful one-handed 30-yard reception. Just one play later, the two would connect on a 24-yard touchdown. The PAT pass failed putting the Knights up 27-0.
The Knights’ Jake Venman lined up to kick off and the ball bounced off a Seneca receiver before finally being recovered by the Bobcats deep in their own territory. The Knights’ defense pinned the Bobcats’ offense down on the 2-yard line forcing a punt from their own end zone. Knights defender Cael Black got one hand on the punt and forced it out of the back of the end zone for a safety, putting the Knights up 29-0.
The Knights received the kick from the Bobcats and moved the ball down to the 39-yard line. From there, Black would do the rest with a long touchdown run down the sideline. Venman’s kick was true leaving the score 36-0.
After taking the Knights’ kickoff, the Bobcats’ offense moved the ball down field, aided by two penalties from the Knights. On fourth down from the 6-yard line, the Bobcats would complete a pass to the 1-yard line giving them a first and goal. On second down, Jaquay stripped the ball from the Bobcats receiver and Benson fell on the ball at the 1-yard line.
“We faced some adversity in the second quarter … the penalties were just us playing sloppy football,” Penley said. “I was not happy with that part of our game today.”
With time running out in the half, the Knights would work their two-minute offense to perfection. On first down, Black took a handoff 39 yards. On the next play, Trumbull would take off the down the sideline behind blocks by senior Brodie Porter and sophomore Caleb Penley for a 53-yard gain. Trumbull would then connect with Alexander on for a 6-yard touchdown. The PAT kick was good putting the Knights up 43-0 with just one second remaining in the first half.
The Knights JV players took over in the second half and sophomore running back Benji Bauer would complete the Knights scoring on a neat 7-yard run behind the blocks of sophomore Conner Younger and Justin Hamilton.
The Bobcats took over and finally found the end zone with 17 seconds remaining when running back Ryan Miller scored on an 86-yard run. The PAT run failed.
The Knights’ offense had another impressive day. Trumbull was a perfect 6-for-6 passing on the day for 120 yards with three touchdowns. Black would finish his afternoon with seven carries for 166 yards and three touchdowns. Benson had three receptions for 73 yards and a score with Robinault adding a 41-yard touchdown catch. The offensive line would not allow a sack giving the high-powered Knights 520 yards of offense on the day.
The Knights wrapped up their region undefeated at 6-0 and will begin district playoffs in two week as the No. 1 seed and will host No. 4 West Middlesex on Friday, Oct. 30 in the Class 1A semifinals. First, the Knights will complete their regular season on the road this Friday against independent Cochranton.