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Chambers goes for 280 total yards, Knights roll past Panthers

Written by: on Saturday, September 15th, 2018


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Eisenhower running back Ethan Chambers sprints past the Saegertown defense for one of his five 20-plus yard gains during their game at Canon Memorial Stadium, Friday Sept. 14, 2018. Chambers finished with 282 total yards and three touchdowns to lead the Knights to a 52-6 win.

SAEGERTOWN, Pa. – Ethan Chambers scored three times and Garrett Head twice to lead Eisenhower to a 52-6 win over Saegertown at Canon Memorial Stadium Friday.

Chambers had five plays of 20 or more yards in the rout, and the Knights rolled despite picking up 12 penalties.

“We did what we were supposed to do,” Eisenhower coach Jim Penley said. “We made some explosive plays and played solid defense.”

The Knights (1-3, 1-1 Region 2) had some trouble getting the offense going early, their first two drives going for a combined 20 yards, but started to put things together late in the first quarter.

Facing a 3rd-and-1 from midfield, Chambers broke loose down the left sideline for 40 yards to set up a 1st-and-goal at the 10. Head scored from four yards out two plays later to put the Knights up 7-0.

A holding penalty on the first play of the next possession had Eisenhower looking at a 1st-and-23 from their own 21. Owen Trumbull dropped back and found Chambers on a screen pass. Chambers shook loose a defender, juked another and raced down the sideline for a 79-yard touchdown to give the Knights a 14-0 advantage less than a minute into the second quarter.

“That play was huge,” Penley said. “It helps get people to believe they can make plays.”

A Chambers 25-yard second down run on the next possession put Eisenhower in Panthers territory and Nate Holt sprinted through the defense for a 28-yard touchdown just two plays later to make it a three score game.

Following a three-and-out and a punt that netted only 12 yards, the Knights were back in business late in the half. Trumbull lobbed a pass to Head, who made a tough catch between two defenders and crossed the goalline to give Eisenhower a 27-0 lead at the half.

Chambers capped a 10-play, 58-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run on Eisenhower’s first possession of the second half to make it 34-0.

“Ethan’s a hard-nosed kid, and a big part of what we can do offensively,” Penley said.

Saegertown (0-4, 0-2) finally picked up its first first down of the game on the ensuing possession, and drove into Eisenhower territory, but Zane Alexander picked off Jaden Wilkins’ third down pass attempt to end the threat.

Eisenhower again put together a sustained drive, going 70 yards on 12 plays. It appeared the Panthers were going to hold the Knights out of the end zone on the drive with Eisenhower looking at a 4th-and-21 from the Saegertown 25. But Chambers made another explosive play, breaking through the defense and streaking down the left sideline for a 25-yard touchdown run.

Eisenhower was able to finish the drive even after committing multiple false starts, something Penley said he discussed in the team huddle immediately after the game.

“I addressed (the penalties) already,” he said. “I think it’s just a maturity thing. We got a little sloppy.”

Holt’s 50-yard interception return on the next play put the Knights right back in Panthers territory and Dillon Benson scored three plays later.

Jared Beers’ interception set the Knights up at Saegertown’s 30 and Cael Black capped the 5-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown run, the first of his career, to put Eisenhower up 52-0 with 5:17 to go.

“We were able to get some guys some rest and get a lot of players involved with the ball,” Penley said.

Saegertown answered with its best offensive possession of the night. The Panthers went 52 yards in eight plays and Ezra Mattocks spoiled the shutout with a 5-yard touchdown run with less than a minute to play.

Chambers finished with 282 total yards (179 rushing, 103 receiving) and three touchdowns. As a team, the Knights outgained the Panthers 414-103.

Saegertown travels heads to Battles Field for a matchup with Girard next week.

Eisenhower will look to carry this momentum into next week when the Knights travel to Rogers Field to take on Northwestern.

“This gives us confidence and shows we have the ability to be very, very good,” Penley said. “We just need to be consistent.”

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Score by quarters

Eisenhower 7 20 7 18 – 52

Saegertown 0 0 0 6 – 6

Scoring summary


E-Garrett Head 4 run (Jake Venman kick), 1:07


E-Ethan Chambers 79 pass from Owen Trumbull (Trumbull run failed), 11:03

E-Nate Holt 28 run (Venman kick), 7:41

E-Head 33 pass from Trumbull (Venman kick), 2:08


E-Chambers 4 run (Venman kick), 8:44


E-Chambers 25 run (Trumbull run failed), 11:46

E-Dillon Benson 2 run (Venman kick missed), 9:37)

E-Cael Black 7 run (Venman kick missed), 5:17

S-Ezra Mattocks 5 run (Seth Lang kick blocked), 0:50

Team stats E S

Total plays 56 54

First downs 13 4

Rushes-yards 38-274 36-52

Comp-att-int 6-16-2 3-11-3

Passing yards 140 51

Total yards 414 103

Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-0

Penalties-yards 10-55 5-40

Individual stats

Rushing: Eisenhower-Ethan Chambers 14-179-2, Riley West 7-28, Cael Black 5-36-1, Garrett Head 3-4-1, Dillon Benson 3-11-1, Caleb Robinault 3-(-4), Owen Trumbull 2-(-8), Nate Holt 1-28-1. Saegertown-Ethan Hayes 15-33, Ezra Mattocks 7-31-1, Mason McClure 6-9, Jaden Wilkins 5-(-16), Alex Kightlinger 3-(-5).

Passing: Eisenhower-Trumbull 6-16, 140 2TD INT. Saegertown-Wilkins 3-11, 51 3INT.

Receiving: Eisenhower-Chambers 3-103-1, Head 2-36-1, Zane Alexander 1-1. Saegertown-Kightlinger 1-24, Robbie Brown 1-22, Hayes 1-5.

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