Eagles slide by Lancers, 58-22

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

COLONY -- Uniontown High School's football team avoided a "trap" in beating Crest, 58-22, here Friday night in Three Rivers League play, setting up a showdown with the No. 1-ranked team in Eight-Man Division II this weekend at Uniontown.

The Eagles (2-0 TRL, 2-1 overall) have scored a total of 122 in their two wins while allowing only these 22 -- 16 of which came in the fourth quarter after the game was already out of reach.

"I was glad our kids came out with intensity," Uniontown head coach Chad Stroud said. "There was a bit of worry this would be a bit of a 'trap game,' coming off the loss against Madison and with Chetopa looming next week.

"Crest is a very solid ball club and their kids played very hard. They moved the ball up and down the field on us but our defense answered the bell in the red zone several times."

A "trap game," for those unfamiliar with the phrase, is a game that comes just before one which is highly anticipated to be a battle between two very good teams. In some cases, a team can get caught looking ahead to the later game and slip and lose in the "trap game." Crest (2-1, 2-1), was still a good enough team that the Eagles clearly didn't take the Lancers lightly.

Uniontown lead 14-0 after one quarter and 30-6 at the half. The Eagles gained 464 yards in total offense, 440 of those on 35 rushes. Crest managed 352 yards in total offense, 338 on the ground on 57 carries.

Jacob Duffey led the Uniontown offense with 129 yards rushing and three touchdowns. Cole Schafer rushed for 127 yards and also scored three times. Tommy Joles added 102 yards rushing and Gavin Fry added another 72 yards.

"I thought our offensive line -- Tyler Johns, James Pearson, Zach Schwalm, Cale Coyan, Ethan Hale, and Gavin Miller -- played very well," Stroud said.

On defense, Miller and Joles led the Eagles with 12 tackles each while Pearson had 10 tackles and Coyan made 9 stops. Duffey intercepted a pass and Joles recovered a fumble.

Chetopa (3-0, 3-0) shut out Pleasanton 70-0 Friday night. The Green Hornets have not played a full game yet this season and have outscored their opponents, 186-6. Those opponents, Marmaton Valley, St. Paul and Pleasanton, have combined for two victories this season and one of those was by forfeit.