Grove City 45 Fort LeBoeuf 7: Eagles move on to next round
Written by: Billy Splain on Sunday, November 5th, 2017
Last night on the campus of Slippery Rock University, Fort LeBoeuf(4-5) faced Grove City(9-0) in a game that many figured was total mismatch, with the winner moving on to play next week, while the loser would be turning the pads in on Monday morning.
Grove City would get a nice run by Trey Adams, who used the work by his offensive line to pick up the games first, first down, with 10:01 left in the opening quarter. The Eagles would face a third and one, with 8:39 showing on the clock and again got the first down, when the offensive line opened another big hole allowing Adams to take the ball to the Bison 16-yard-line. The drive hit a little pot hole at the 8:00 mark, when Adams was stopped for a short loss, by Cole Dauson.The 11-play, 65-yard drive came to a climax, with 7:04 left,when 5-11 165 pound quarterback, Brady Callahan walked into the end zone. The point after kick by Aidan Reed was good to make this a 7-0 game.
The Grove City offense would get a 17-yard completion, when Callahan found a wide-opened Logan Lutz, at the 4:18 second mark of the quarter. Then a 12-yard run by Adams gave the Eagles a first and goal at the Bison 3-yard-line, with 3:31 showing on the clock. After a penalty flag was thrown on the Eagles, they would use a Callahan to Lutz 12-yard pass to make this a 13-0 game the point after by Reed was good to make this a 14-0 game,with 3:05 left in the quarter.
The last big play of the quarter was an interception by Qadir Muhammad of the Eagles on a pass thrown by Bison quarterback Cole Dauson, with a little under one minute left on the clock. One could sense the desperation on the part of the Bison after the quarter, where they were completely dominated by the undefeated Eagles.
Just eight seconds into the 2nd quarter the Eagles lit up the scoreboard again, when Tyler Greer rambled 15-yards to the end zone. The point after was good, making this a 21-0 game.The scoring drive totaled 40-yards and needed just 5-plays. All five plays were running plays, that again showed a dominating performance by the Eagles offensive line.
The Bison defense were 100% outmatched in this one, but they never ever quit giving their all and this showed big time at the 9:23 mark of the quarter, when Charlie Cornwell a 6-0-225 pound Sophomore got to Callahan for a 7-yard loss. The Eagles offense would soar again on a 13-yard run right up the gut of the Bison defense, by Callahan. The eight play,sixty-two-yard drive ended with a 35-yard Callahan pass to Lutz. The point after kick from Reed up the lead to 28-, with 7:35 left in the one-side action packed first
The Eagles offense was back to work with 1:42 left and a 17-yard run from Greer, moved the chains and brought the big Grove City crowd to their feet. Then it was another Callahan pass to Lutz, that picked up 23-yards, with 1:22 showing on the scoreboard clock. The 6-play 67-yards drive ended with :59 seconds left in the half, when Adams coasted in from 3-yards out. The point after gave us a35-0 Grove City lead.
Unofficially the Eagles offense soared to 287 yards, while the Bison totaled just 62-yard. Grove City had completed 9 of 9 passes and total 35 plays ran. The Bison ran just 27 plays and went 1-5 through the air with one interception. As cliche as it is this game had been made this uneven because of the dominating performance by the Grove City offensive and defensive lines.. They were having a field day against their counterparts
Grove City had a nice drive going in the third that had taken the ball out to their own 43-yard line, while totaling 7-plays. On play number eight of the drive Adams electrified the home side crowd, with a 57-yard run to make this a 41-0 game. Reed came out and made it a 42-0 game, with his point after kick. The drive totaled 80-yards featuring just one pass play.
With 5:05 left in the third Greer, would show that he is a fine two-way player, when he got to the Bison ball carrier for a big loss. At this point the Eagles defense seemed to be having fun, while the Bison offense was working hard by had little to show for it. Throwing the score out for just a moment, as a fan one has to appreciate the effort by a team, who not only was getting pounded but had been pounded from the onset of the game.
Greer would come up with a fumble recovery for the
Eagles at the 1:33 mark of the third quarter. This was my first trip ever to Slippery Rock and my first time ever seeing either of these teams and I can say after seeing 60 games this season, including all-star games all on the high school level, that Greer is one of those players a fan has to enjoy watch playing. The young man seemed to play every play like the score was 0-0 and it looked like he was trying to change that with everything he did. The quarter had just 1:01 left in it, when Colby Nelson broke two tackles, kept his balance to pick up 14-yards.
The Eagles had shown in this one they definitely are a multiple dimensional, when attacking a defense.
One the first play of the final stanza, the Eagles increased their lead to 45-0 on a 29-yard field goal by Reed.
This would be the last score by the Eagles as the offense had proven that they are a force and will be a large pain in the rear end of the next defense they faced.
The Bison, who never stopped giving it their all would be rewarded for this effort, as they put together a long 10-play, 80-yard drive, that ended on a 19-yard run by Tyler Scott for a touchdown. Scott #35 also had a fine 16-yard run on the drive. The point after from Eric Scarpino was good, making this a 45-7 game.
The Eagles defense got one final good play, with 1:10 left in the game and that was a fumble recovery by Seth Davis.The fumble was a result of a bad snap from center, that was no where close to the quarterback.
PASSING 9-11 2TD’S
PASSING 2-6 1 INT
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