Football Season Ends With Loss At Eastbrook

Posted on October 23, 2018 in Fall Sports, Football

BY KEVIN HELFRICH – ctreporter@indy.rr.com
Eastbrook has mastered the blueprint of winning football games, but for 23 seniors one final mission began on Friday evening.

Around these parts the program is measured by championships and the quest for an elusive state title is the ultimate goal.

In vintage Eastbrook fashion, a vaunted rushing attack imposed its will on yet another opponent.

This time it was county and conference rival Oak Hill, who for the second time in five weeks fell prey to Class 2A third-ranked Eastbrook 49–14 in Sectional 35 play.

“We had a really good week of practice,” said longtime coach Jeff Adamson. “Guys have been kind of focused for this part of the season for awhile and are just eager to keep playing.”

Two weeks removed from a sprained ankle, a relentless dose of Xaine Kirby, ran roughshod. The shifty 5-foot-8 fullback was a workhorse, carrying the ball 33 times for 284 yards and four scores.

“I thought our line did a great job,” Adamson said after his 23rd first round sectional win. “Xaine was running really hard. We kind of got off to a fast start and made things go from there.”

Kirby, eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark for the season before the end of the opening half. His two first quarter touchdown runs of 48 and 28 yards, the latter came on a fourth down and 27. Those electrifying runs happened in the first seven minutes of play as the Panthers were staked to a 14-0 advantage.

“I’m not really at 100-percent, but had to fight through it,” said Kirby. “I was able to finish a few runs after the line created some big holes.”

Jon Holz tried to give Oak Hill any kind of momentum when he had a 6-play drive that covered 61 yards after an Eastbrook turnover early in the second quarter. Holz, who finished with 139 yards went in from 2 yards out and the Golden Eagles were as close as they would get 21-7 with 7:41 remaining in the second quarter.

“We had some moments,” Golden Eagles coach Bud Ozmun said. “We need to be more consistent and they had a lot to do with that.”

On the ensuing kickoff, Edward Keasling faked a reverse, then headed down the right sideline, spinning out of a tackle at the 45-yard line and taking it to the house and the Panthers were back up three scores again at 28-7 and all but sealed the outcome.

“Eastbrook is a great team,” Golden Eagles coach Bud Ozmun said. “You can’t dig yourself out of that kind of hole.”

Kirby tacked on his final two touchdown runs in the third quarter as the lead swelled to 49-7

Eastbrook exceeded their scoring average by the third quarter and accumulated 465 yards on the ground without completing a single pass.

Clay McCorkle, who finished 11-for-21 passing and 113 yards connected with senior Landry Ozmun on fourth and goal from the three in the waning seconds for the Golden Eagles final score.

Oak Hill has yet to find success against the Panthers in four postseason meetings. The Golden Eagles three game winning streak was snapped and finishing the season at 4-6.

Eastbrook is in pursuit of their 10th sectional title since the turn of the century and 14th overall with a quick start. The Panthers (9-1), travel to Rochester (8-2) for a semi-final matchup next week.

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