|Senators shine in Saturday morning sun with 42-0 win over EHS|
Mother Nature forced Friday Night Lights in Washington County to become Saturday morning sunshine as heavy rain and lightening forced the West Washington-Eastern came in Campbellsburg to be postponed.
Both schools reconvened in the Burg and after shaking off a few cobwebs, the Senators cruised to a 42-0 win.
In a 42-0 game it’s hard to pinpoint one play that led to the Musketeer demise, but in the case of Saturday’s game it might be narrowed to two.
The Eastern defense had the Senators backed up into a fourth and more than 30, when a pass interference penalty shortened the distance to travel.
On the next play the Senators’ Cody Maudlin completed a 26 yard pass to Brenden Grimes.
“I think that big gain really changed momentum,” said WW Head Coach Phillip Bowsman. “That’s the great thing about our offense. It was third and long and our plan was to get half of it on third down and the rest on fourth down. If we have to gain 15 yards on a down, we don’t get too concerned about it. We don’t want to be in those positions a lot, but we are confident that we can come up with a long play when we need it.”
The penalty and the long pass to Grimes seemed to zap EHS of its energy and put momentum squarely on the side of West Washington.
Five plays later the Senators scored when Dakota Young scampered five yards to end-zone. Brenden Grimes added the PAT (point after touchdown), for a 7-0 advantage.
The Senator defense followed the long drive by forcing a three and out, allowing their offense to go back on the attack.
This time, the West Washington offense put together an 11-play drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown pass from Maudlin to Grimes with 10:51 remaining in the first half that put them up 14-0.
Eastern showed signs off life early in the second quarter when they recovered a fumble by Austin Gray.
The Musketeers finally had some success moving the football, as well.
(Number 11) had carries that led to gains of five and three yards. Austin Roberts kept the ball on fourth and inches that gave the Musketeers their first first down of the game.
Shorts gains on first and second downs and an incomplete pass on third down stalled the drive and forced an EHS punt.
A big punt return by Grimes gave the Senators a short field and they took advantage.
A four play drive ended when Landon McPheeters scored on a 14-yard run. Grimes booted the PAT and WW led 21-0 at intermission.
Another Eastern drive ended with poor special teams play when West Washington’s Clint Smith blocked a punt.
The play gave the Senators another short field and three plays later Young carried the ball into the end-zone on a three yard run and Grimes kicked the PAT for a 28-0 advantage at the break.
The Senators added two more scores in the second half, Maudlin connected with Derek Leep on one of the scores and he connected with Smith another. Grimes kicked the PAT on both.
Nine different skill players touched the football for the Senators, proving they are very deep.
“We have multi-formation stuff and we have what I feel are very good skill guys that are very dangerous and potent,” Bowsman said. “I think that will force defenses to put in a little time trying to come up with a plan to stop them. I was proud of those guys, because everyone needed extra breaks and we had guys who stepped up.”
As good as the receivers and backs were, Maudlin played a very good game for the Senators under center.
He completed 18 of 24 passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns.
“Cody did a nice job of focusing,” Bowsman said. “He has to get calls from the sidelines and make sure we are set. He is very focused and has lots of skills. We are glad to have him as a three-year senior starter and is our leader on the field.”
While Maudlin has a lot of weapons to choose from he seems to always know where Grimes will be when the Senators need to make a play.
He said that comes from familiarity with each other.
“We’ve been playing together since junior high so we have a connection,” Maudlin said. “It’s awesome to hook up with this group of receivers. We always seem to be thinking on the same page.”
Grimes had five catches for 74 yards.
Evan Woods also had five catches for 60 yards.
“It’s so much fun to run this offense,” Maudlin said. “You can’t help but get excited when you look around and see all these play makers.”
West Washington will now step into Patoka Lake Athletic Conference play this Friday when they travel to Crawford County to battle the Wolfpack.
WW 42, EHS 0
WW: First downs, 13; Penalties 9-55.
Rushing (30-160): Landon McPheeters 8-73-1; Dustin Lee 2-10; Dakota Young 14-62-2; Maudlin 2-5; Brenden Grimes 1-12; Austin Gray 3-(-2).
Receiving (18-216): Derek Leep 1-3-1; McPheeters 2-18; Grimes 5-74-1; Evan Woods 5-60; Clint Smith 3-46; Dustin Lee 1-10 and Gray 1-5.
PAT: Brenden Grimes 6 for 6
EHS: First downs 2; Penalties 4-30.
Rushing (15-25): Jordan Eberle 2-(-1); Mike Hall 6-16; Trinidy Campbell 2-(-3); Austin Roberts 3-5; Jacob Stewart 2-11.
Receiving (6-24): Coty Estes 3-17; Jordan Eberle 3-7.