Though Eastbrook Head Coach Jeff Adamson disliked the way his time started on Friday night, he was certainly pleased with how they finished.
The Panthers were able to overcome a few miscues in the first half and pick up their third win of the season – a 38-13 triumph over the Oak Hill Golden Eagles.
A spirited effort by the Golden Eagles kept the game close early on, but a strong second half effort made the difference, as the Panthers outscored Oak Hill 21-7 after halftime.
“The end result was good, but we really didn’t play well through the first half,” Eastbrook Head Coach Jeff Adamson said. “We had two drives that we didn’t finish, and we gave up a couple of plays defensively that were uncharacteristic for us. But we came out in the second half, and we were able to finish off three drives pretty quickly and get things going. We finished well, and that was good.”
The Eastbrook defense also delivered on Friday, recording two interceptions and a fumble recovery, all of which went for scores.
The Panthers’ running game was a big factor in their success, as they finished with 368 yards on 68 carries. Dylan Bragg led Eastbrook with 131 yards and a touchdown, while also completing two passes for 46 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Wyatt Stephenson recorded 91 yards on 21 carries, while Zeke Binkerd and Justin Starr picked up rushing touchdowns in the contest.
“Each one of the backs have a different running style, so that gives up a good mix on offense,” Adamson said. “Dylan threw the ball real well, and our line is getting better at protection.”
Despite the final score, Oak Hill Head Coach Bud Ozmun was pleased with his team’s performance.
“I thought our kids played really well. We played hard,” Ozmun said. “I felt like our game plan was pretty solid going in, and it was a matter of whether or not we could make it through without making a lot of mistakes. We made our fair share, which took us out of a couple drives.”
“But for about two and a half quarters, it was the best football we had played all season.”
Blake Fox collected 81 yards on 21 carries, while Franciso Treto recorded 42 yards rushing and a touchdown. Clay McCorkle completed 11 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown to Kian Hite, who came away with seven receptions for 83 yards.
“We have to put four quarters together,” Ozmun said. “Try to get on a second half roll if we can heading into sectional. The one great thing about Indiana football is no matter where you are at at the end of nine games, you get to start a playoff series. You want to be playing well in the second half of the season.”