TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — It wasn’t a good homecoming for the Eagles.
The Waterford football team defeated host Eastern 35-7 in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division contest on Friday at East Shade River Stadium in Meigs County. The Wildcats (3-3, 2-2 TVC Hocking) had control of the game from the beginning and the Eagles (2-4, 2-2) struggled to get any momentum going.
After a Eastern fumble early in the first quarter, Waterford freshman Braden Bellville got it in the end zone for the first touchdown of the contest at 10:49. On their next possession, the Eagles marched the ball down the field from their own 14-yard line, but failed to convert a fourth down in Waterford territory. The Wildcats led 6-0 after one period.
Both offenses were silent throughout the second quarter. After a bad punt from Eastern, Waterford was set up on the Eagles’ 16-yard line with 1:07 left in the first half. A few plays later, Waterford’s Isaac Huffman connected with Dalton Ball with 35 seconds left in the half to increase the Wildcats’ lead. Waterford led 12-0 going into halftime.
On the opening kickoff of the second half, Cody Harris gave Waterford great field position, starting at the Eastern 20-yard line. Bellville notched another touchdown for the Wildcats with 10:45 left in the third quarter to go up 20-0. Two possessions later, Bellville added his third touchdown of the game with 2:07 left in the third period. The visitors led 28-0 after three quarters.
Going into the final quarter, the Eagles looked to avoid the shutout. After starting the fourth quarter in Waterford territory, Eastern marched the ball down the field for their first red-zone apperance of the game. Freshman Blaise Facemyer gave Eastern its only touchdown of the game with 6:32 left in the contest.
Jett Facemyer was 8-of-16 passing for 73 yards and also rushed 25 times for 33 yards for Eastern. Nate Durst and Trenton Delacruz each had three carries for three yards and one yard respectively. Cameron Richmond finished with two carries for 16 yards, while Blaise Facemyer had two carries for 12 yards. Jeremiah Martindale and Sharp Facemyer had two carries for one yard each.
Richmond led with five catches for 69 yards, followed by Delacruz with one catch for five yards.
“The first half we shot ourselves in the foot so much and we got into a hole,” Pat Newland said. “We didn’t make these kinds of mistakes the last few weeks. This week, they kinda crept back in.”
Huffman led Waterford’s passing game by going 7-of-12 for 79 yards and one touchdown. Jaret McCutcheon led the Wildcats’ ground game with 13 carrries for 75 yards, followed by Bellville with eight carries for 42 yards and three touchdowns. Belville and McCuthceon also led Waterford with two catches for 15 yards each.
This loss ended Eastern’s three-game winning streak over Waterford. The Eagles won their last meeting 16-7 at Waterford. This also ended the Eagles two-game winning streak.
Eastern will next host Wahama on Friday. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106