Football Team Ends Regular Season With A Loss At Eastbrook

Posted on October 17, 2011 in Fall Sports, Football, Home

Junior Matt McDivitt contests a pass vs. Eastbrook

BY MATT WILSON mwilson@chronicle-tribune.com www.chronicle-tribune.com

Gavin Pearson’s name might be on top of Eastbrook’s season-record rushing list, but the Panther senior would prefer a group of names join him.

“All of the credit goes to my offensive line,” Pearson said. “They have been great all season.”

 With his 173-yard effort in Friday’s 42-14 win over Central Indiana Conference rival Oak Hill, Pearson set the school record for season rushing yards. Pearson now has 1,553 yards on the season, surpassing the previous record of 1,496 yards set by Chad Luthy, who is a Panther assistant coach.

Pearson broke the record on his 38-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. He had 147 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown by halftime.

“That is a great deal for him,” said Eastbrook coach Jeff Adamson, whose team improved to 6-3 and finished 4-3 in the CIC. “Chad Luthy had the record previously, and we challenged Gavin at the beginning of the year because we thought he would have a good chance of getting it.

“The best thing about it is that he’s going to make it a tribute to the team. He’s going to be the first person to credit his offensive line.”

With Friday’s win, Eastbrook beat all the Grant County teams it faced this season.

The start of the game was delayed 45 minutes because of lightning and rain.

The loss ended Oak Hill’s regular season 4-5 and 3-4 in the CIC.

The Panthers rushed for 382 yards while limiting the Eagles to 74 rushing yards. The Eagles already were without junior Keagan Anderson, then senior Alec Samuels went out of the game in the opening half after pulling a muscle. He didn’t return for the remainder of the game. Oak Hill coach Bud Ozmun said Samuels could have come back for the second half, but they decided to hold him out to make sure he was healthy for the Golden Eagles’ sectional game against Madison-Grant.

The Panthers did all their scoring in the opening half, putting up 21 points in the first and second quarters.

On the first drive of the game, Oak Hill took the ball from its own 24-yard line to the Panthers’ 38-yard line. On a third-and-8 play, however, Golden Eagle quarterback Derek Durkes had his pass intercepted by Austin Simison, who returned the ball to Oak Hill’s 37-yard line.

“You just can’t turn the ball over against Eastbrook,” Ozmun said. “They are going to take advantage of your mistakes, which is what they did. Turnovers hurt us last week, and they hurt us again tonight.”

Four plays after the interception, Eastbrook quarterback Jacob Singer hit Pearson for a 32-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-5 play.

“Our offensive line did another good job blocking on that play, and Jacob just made an awesome read,” Pearson said.

That touchdown started a stretch where Eastbrook reached the end zone three times in the final eight minutes of the quarter. Pearson had an 8-yard touchdown run with 4:13 remaining, and then Singer had a 39-yard run with three minutes left in the quarter.

Eastbrook scored again one minute into the second quarter on Pearson’s 2-yard run. The Panthers scored two more times in the last four minutes of the second quarter – once on a Simison 13-yard run and again on Pearson’s 38-yard run.

“I’m just proud of how the players have handled everything this year,” Adamson said.

Singer finished the game 3-for-6 for 83 yards.

Durkes finished 4-for-11 for 93 yards and two touchdowns. Matt McDivitt had three catches for 77 yards and one touchdown.

Eastbrook hosts Yorktown 7 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the sectional. Oak Hill plays at Madison-Grant at 7 p.m. on Friday.

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