|E-F Knights use air raid to bomb Wildcats|
By Travis McConnell
The Eustis-Farnam Knights
successfully took to the air Thursday night as they defeated the Wallace Wildcats 68-6.
Knight quarterback Djorn Dunlap completed nine of 13 passes in the first quarter for 141 yards and two touchdowns.
On Eustis-Farnam’s first possession, the Knights used three plays and 53 seconds to get on the board first. Dunlap found Kaleb Hueftle for 13 yards, Jacob Widick for nine yards and Carson Bellamy for a 31-yard touchdown. Bellamy kicked the extra point to give the Knights an early 7-0 lead.
Following a Wildcat punt, Dunlap went to work again completing four straight passes down to the Wildcat 10-yard line. On first and goal Dunlap scored on a quarterback draw. The successful kick made the score 14-0 with 7:49 to play in the first quarter.
While the Knight offense was in high gear the Wildcats were stuck in neutral. On first down from the 15-yard line the Knights recovered a Wildcat fumble.
Eustis-Farnam extended its lead to 20-0 when Dunlap dropped back to pass and finding nobody open, scrambled for a 15-yard touchdown.
Three minutes later the Knights struck again. Two plays after forcing a Wildcat punt, Dunlap found Bellamy for his second touchdown reception, this time from 43 yards out. The successful kick made the score 27-0 with 4:39 to play in the first quarter.
To make matters worse, Sean May and Landon Swedberg left with injuries on the Wildcats next offensive possession and would not return in the game.
Taylor Doell did provide a bright spot for the Wildcats in the first quarter when he intercepted a Dunlap pass at the Wildcats three-yard line. However, the Wildcats gave the ball right back on a fumble three plays later.
The Knights closed out the scoring in the first quarter with a three-yard touchdown run by Jerod Strong with 32 seconds to play.
Freshman quarterback John Marquardt picked up the Wildcats’ first, first down of the game with a two-yard run to start the second quarter. But, the Wildcats were forced to punt three plays later.
Eustis-Farnam scored on two of its three second quarter possessions, on a 40-yard run by Hueftle and a two-yard run by Strong, to make the score 47-0 at halftime.
The Knights extended their lead to 54-0 four minutes into the second half on a 50-yard run by Strong.
Then the Knight defense got in on the act as Jordan Wetovick intercepted a Wildcat pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown. The interception return made the score 62-0 at the end of the third quarter.
The Wildcats got on the board to start the fourth quarter with a nice 50-yard drive. The drive was aided by a 15-yard penalty following an 11-yard run by Marquardt. Marquardt was brought down by a horse-collar tackle.
The run plus the penalty took the ball to the Knight 11-yard line. Following a five-yard run by Marquardt, Mark Jameson scored from six yards out to make the score 62-6.
Eustis-Farnam capped the scoring in the game with a 13-yard touchdown run by Aaron Jones.
Despite the loss the Wildcats still qualify for the state playoff and will travel to O’Neill Thursday (today) to take on St. Mary’s. Kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. CT.