TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — That’s how you get your first win of the season.
The Eastern football team earned its first win of the 2015 campaign with a victory over Federal Hocking 39-8 on Friday night at East Shade River Stadium in Meigs County. The Lancers (0-4) were up early, but the Eagles (1-3) flew to the lead and never looked back.
The visitors scored first after Jett Facemyer threw a pick that Deakon Dickerson ran back 17 yards for a touchdown with 3:17 left in the first period. After a successful two-point conversion from A.J. Cobb, Federal Hocking was up 8-0 at the end of the first quarter.
The Green and Gold didn’t stay down for long. On fourth-and-4, Facemyer connected with Corbett Catlett for the Eagles’ first touchdown of the night with 8:25 left in the second quarter. Facemyer later connected with Cameron Richmond for another Eastern touchdown with 2:16 left in the first half. The home team led 12-8 at intermission.
Eastern continued to pour on the points in the second half, starting with a two-yard touchdown run from Treton Delacruz to give the Eagles a 20-8 lead at the end of three quarters.
Josh Brewer kicked off the fourth quarter in style with a 40-yard dash for another Eastern touchdown. Blaise Facemyer and Nate Durst also added points on the board in the fourth period.
Jett Facemyer was 5-of-11 passing for 100 yards and had two touchdowns for the Eagles. Richmond led with three catches for 82 yards, followed by Catlett with two catches with 18 yards and Jon Wolfe with one catch for 31 yards.
Brewer led Eastern’s ground game with 17 carries for 150 yards, followed by Jett Facemyer with 10 carries for 45 yards and Durst with six carries for 29 yards. Blaise Facemyer had three carries for 38 yards, while Delacruz had two carries for seven yards.
“The kids played really well and really hard,” Eastern coach Pat Newland said. “We’re young, but we have to grow up. Hopefully, this is what is going to help us. This year we needed a big win.”
Cobb led Federal Hocking in rushing with 13 carries for 29 yards and was also 6-of-16 passing for 99 yards. Devon Robinson led the Lancers in receiving with three catches for 108 yards.
The Eagles had a total of 17 first downs, while the Lancers had 10. Eastern also had 13 penalties for 86 yards and Federal Hocking had six penalties for 37 yards.
The Eagles’ next game will take place at South Gallia on Friday. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106