Blake Moore drags his opponent after his interception. Photo by Rhonda Bennett
East Union Eagles 28: Wayne Falcons 2. Oct. 20, 2017
In this meeting of the raptors at East Union, the Falcons were out passed and out flanked in this battle of the airways.
The Falcons playing defence most of the game, attempting to hold off the aggressive and effective aerial attack of the Eagles who passed 22 times with 9 completions: 200 yards and 3 TD's coming off the arm of East Union quarterback, Sanden Cheers. The Eagles rushed for 160 yards and 1 TD on a quarterback draw by Cheers.
The Falcons passed 24 times with 4 completions in this contest: they became predictable and unbalanced in their offence as the game went on, rarely reaching as far as the opponets 30. The X's and O's lacked any definition or successful results as the score would indicate; defined by a 2 point safety to account for all scoring. The Eagles offense tripled the production of the Falcons.
The offensive highlight of this game would be the consistency of punter Seth Sheriff, who was called on to punt in this game 6 times for a total of 195 yards; a 39 yard punt was his longest as he averaged a very respectable 33 yards per kick.
Chasen Kiefer carried the ball 16 times for 67 yards; returned an Eagle kick for 25 yards; caught 2 passes from Blake Moore for 10 yards apiece, and another pass from Moore for 6 yards, a total of 118 yards of offence.
Blake Moore was 4 for 18 in pass attempts with 1 interception; Chase Kiefer was 0 for 1 and Brooks Jacobsen was 0 for 5. Jacobsen was on the reception end of an 8 yard pass from Moore and the only Falcon to reach the end zone on a 35 yard TD run, but it was called back on a blocking penalty.
Other offence came from Hunter Clark for a total of 10 yards rushing; Hunter Cobb returned 2 kicks for 10 and 15 yards, Cobb was also responsible for the Falcons only score by way of a tackle in the Eagles end zone for a 2 point safety. Jeff Alexander also ran back a kick for 15 yards.
The Falcons could muster only 6 first downs: negative yardage plays and penalties would keep the total offense of the Falcons at or below the century mark and a hard way to win a ball game.
Falcon defence did show signs of life as they stopped the Eagles on their 3 yard line and held them out of the end zone to take over on downs, but the Falcon were out raced on pass defence and were unable to cover some very speedy Eagle recievers.
My unofficial defence stats had Hunter Clark leading in tackles with 10 lead tackles and 6 assists; Blake Moore had 8 leads and 2 assists; Chasen Kiefer with 7 leads and 3 assists; Spencer Buban 7 leads, 2 assist and 1 sack; Stetson Baker 5 lead and 2 assists; Matt Bellon 5 lead and 3 assists; Hunter Cobb 4 lead and 2 assists; Troy Arnold 3 lead and 6 assists; Logan Smith 2 lead and 1 assist; and Brooks Jacobsen with 1 lead and 4 assist.
This was the finale to the Falcon 2017 football season as they finished with a record of 4 wins and 5 losses. This may have been the last season for 8 man football, we will have to wait and see how that will all shake out next spring. Till then ... Falcon Pride!... if you ain't got it! ... get some!
Brooks Jacobsen chases down the ball carrier at East Union. Photo by Rhonda Bennett