NH doesn’t let down against EHS after big wins over Charelstown and Brownstown PDF Print E-mail

By Dennis Dunn
Special Correspondent

North Harrison (6-0, 5-0 Mid-Southern Conference) used their running game on Friday night to take care of Eastern (Pekin) (1-5, 1-4) and ruined their homecoming festivities with a convincing 44-0 win.


The Cougars two-headed rushing monsters in 5’8” senior Austin Nevil and 6’1” senior Sam Best took control early and often in the first two quarters as Nevil finished the game 10 carries fort 221 yards and three touchdowns and Best had 13 carries for 147 yards and two TD’s.

“We had a lot of distractions this week and I was worried,” Cougars Coach Mark Williamson said. “I never give speeches, hardly, but I had to give one tonight to make sure we were focused in.

“We got to get better every week and I am not 100 percent sure we did that. We could have done worse.”

Another concern was whether or not the Cougars would let up any after getting a big win over Brownstown Central the week before.

“I am not going to lie to you, but they have tape and they knew coming in we are the better team coming in, much better,” Williamson said. “You can’t get greased up before every game but they do what they got to do their job.”

After Eastern had a turnover on downs on their first possession, the Cougars went to work as Nevil and Best got started. The Cougars needed five plays as Best scored from 45 yards out at the 4-minute mark to take a 6-0 lead and Ben Wavenscott tacked on another point with a PAT.

Eastern then had to punt on the second possession which gave the Cougars good field position as Evan Goodman had a 1-yard run with 31.7 seconds left in the first quarter. Nevil had TD runs of five, 67, and three in the second quarter as the Cougars held a 32-0 lead at the break.

Wavenscott didn’t have his best game of the year as he kicked only two PAT’s.

The Cougars scored twice more in the second half as Best had a 5-yard run in the third quarter and Jake Troxell had a 35-yard interception return for a score in the fourth quarter.

Eastern had a couple of long drives in the second half, but North Harrison’s defense stepped up big to preserve the shut out, which is their second of the year.

“They (EHS) looked better tonight than they did on film the last two weeks,” Williamson said. “They are slowly getting better and hanging in there. It’s a process for them like it was for us.

“It’s great stuff (to get younger kids in on a Friday night) and that’s our future. We have a lot of numbers down there and a lot of good players this close from playing. It was a good win and we are 6-0 for the first time ever. We even clinched a winning season and I am happy about those things. We have a big one next week.”

North Harrison will return home of Friday night and play Silver Creek (4-2, 3-2), while Eastern will travel to Salem (2-4, 1-4).

Friday, Sept. 25, at Eastern