Eisenhower shuts out Saegertown, 39-0
TITUSVILLE — Eisenhower used a stifling defense and an opportunistic offense to post a 39-0 victory over Saegertown on a rain-free Friday night at Titusville High School.
The Knights scored first on a Tucker Lindell 2-yard plunge with 4:01 left in the first quarter to make it 6-0, but the point-after kick was no good. After a Panthers’ punt, Eisenhower took over on its own 26-yard line. Punishing runs by junior Benji Bauer and sophomore Tucker Lindell set up Bauer’s 31-yard TD run. The point-after try was blocked, but the Knights led, 12-0.
It didn’t take long for Eisenhower to find the end zone again — 13 seconds to be exact — as the Knights’ Camron Jakubczak recovered a mishandled muddle kickoff at the Panthers’ 10. One play later, Keegan Eckstrom scored. Jake Venman’s point-after try was good.
“Jake is such a weapon for us and has been for three years,” Eisenhower coach Jim Penley said. “He places the ball and gives our guys a chance to get it, and tonight we got two of them off the middle kickoff.”
Bauer added one more touchdown before halftime, this from 19 yards, and sophomore Cole Kellogg picked off a pass, his third of the season.
Bauer had a monster game, rushing for 221 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns.
“Bauer just had a great game, ran really hard,” Penley said. “You’ve got to give credit to our offensive line, they opened up some great holes for him.”
The Knights; defense shut down Saegertown in the second half behind sacks by Bauer, senior Drake Vanderhoof, junior Mike Beaver, junior Mike Vanatta and senior Mike Jones.
“Those guys played a great game, pressured their win the whole night,” Penley said. “When they play like this, it really makes a team one-dimensional.”
Bauer added a 52-yard touchdown run, sophomore quarterback Shawn Pascuzzi added an 11-yard scamper for a touchdown and Venman knocked another PAT kick through for the final scores of the night.
“Our team is in a very solid place right now,” Penley said. “This week we showed where we improved. We have some things to work on for next week, but I’m super proud of this team.”
Junior Wyatt Lookenhouse impressed Penley.
“Just a nice game by Wyatt,” Penley said. “He made some nice catches and gained some nice yards after the catch.”
Lookenhouse finished with three receptions for 54 yards, Eckstrom rushed for 113 yards on seven carries; and Pascuzzi completed 4 of 7 passes for 58 yards.
Penley added ” Coach Wolfgang has done a nice job building the Saegertown program back. they are a nice group of players over there and they will be back.”