After getting off to a slow start in their last few games, including their first two sectional contests, the Eastbrook Panthers came out firing on Friday night, winning the Sectional 36 championship a 42-12 triumph over the undefeated Eastern Comets.
“We were really stressing the first start all week,” Eastbrook Head Coach Jeff Adamson said. “We wanted to make sure we scored on our first possession, and I thought it was an excellent drive. Our offensive line blocked really well. We had some of those tough runs mixed in there, and Dylan [Bragg] threw a couple of nice passes.
“We were able to get that going really early.”
The Panthers scored touchdowns on their first four drives, taking a 28-0 lead late in the second quarter.
Eastern scored a touchdown right before halftime, and then scored on the first play of the second half to make it 28-12, but the Panthers closed it out in the fourth quarter, scoring two more touchdowns to seal the victory.
Eastbrook’s running game, as always, was tremendous, collecting 462 yards on just 61 carries. Wyatt Stephenson, Dylan Bragg, Zeke Binkerd, and Isaiah Dalton combined for 406 of those yards to go along with six total touchdowns.
“I really felt like our offensive line really was a lot stronger, and really outplayed their defensive line,” Adamson said. “It just allowed us to dominate the line of scrimmage. All three of our running backs had over 100 yards. It didn’t matter who was carrying the ball or what plays we were running, all of them were successful. We were just able to keep them off balance with a lot of different types of runs. We were able to control the ball quite a bit.”
On defense, Braxton Bowser led the team with eight tackles, while Logan Collins and Jason Hale each made six.
“We were able to make plays as we needed too,” Adamson said. “We kept them out of the end zone. They are a very good offensive team. We felt good about it. The defense has really gotten through the course of the year.”
Eastbrook will face Eastside at home this coming Friday for the regional championship.