Boys Varsity Football
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Sep 11, 2020
- OLYMPIANS: 49
JEFFERSONVILLE HS: 0
Jeffersonville came to Columbus East hoping to be the first team to defeat the Olympians in a Hoosier Hills Conference game since 2006.
It took 17 seconds for those hopes to be dashed. The Olympians scored on their first play from scrimmage and never looked back in a 49-0 victory.
And like the 97 teams before them, the Red Devils were sent home with a conference loss, extending East’s HHC winning streak to 98 games.
It was East quarterback Malachi Parks taking a keeper around the left side for a 67-yard touchdown run, and before the Red Devils could blink, they were trailing 7-0. Unfortunately for Jeffersonville (1-3, 0-2), this was a precursor of a long night.
“This was a great team victory. It was by far the best defensive game we have played all year. We pursued the ball well, our offensive line played well, and our special teams were solid. All though there are always things we can work on, we have some positives to build on from tonight,” East coach Bob Gaddis said.
On the ensuing Jeffersonville possession, the Olympian defense tightened up after allowing three Red Devil first downs, forcing a punt. East (2-2, 1-0), using a dominating running game, overcame two penalties, which took away first downs, to drive down the field for their second consecutive score when Mark McDonald waltzed in untouched from 6 yards out. The point after put the Olympians up 14-0 with 2:35 remaining in the opening quarter.
The second quarter began with a fourth down play for Jeffersonville from the East 44 yard line. A pass interference on East gave the Red Devils a fresh set of downs. Jeffersonville benefited from another Olympian penalty, a personal foul, which moved the ball down to the 11-yard line. From there, the East defense came up big when Crase Bergman intercepted a third down pass, promptly ending the Jeffersonville drive.
Gaddis reflected on the penalties. “We had two pre-snap penalties that there is no excuse for, but the other penalties we can clean up,” he stated. “We did have a couple of penalties where we were being aggressive, so we will take a look at those on film.”
The Olympians quickly took advantage of the turnover, driving 95 yards in just six plays, all on the ground. This time, it was Tryce Villareal capping off the drive with a 6-yard touchdown scamper, expanding the East lead to 21-0 with 8:01 remaining in the first half.
“We always try to run the ball to set up the pass,” Gaddis said. “Tonight, we were running the ball very well, so there was really no reason to force the pass.”
East once again allowed the Red Devils to drive down the field, however, were able to tighten up when it mattered, stopping Jeffersonville on downs at the 28. After taking over, East again showed its dominant ground game, picking up yards in chunks as they drove down the field. McDonald put the finishing touches on this drive, a 9-yard run for his second touchdown of the game. The extra point put the Olympians up 28-0 with 2:38 left in the first half.
Devon Cox intercepted a third-and-10 pass on the 39 to end the next Red Devils’ drive, and like they had been doing the entire game, the Olympians capitalized in lightning fashion. McDonald scored his third touchdown of the first half on the third play of the drive. The extra point gave East a 35-0 lead with 1:29 left in the first half.
With a running clock implemented for the second half, Jeffersonville opened with some momentum, moving the ball down to the East 28 yard. However, a holding penalty moved the ball back to the 42, and the Red Devils could not recover. A TJ Barkhimer sack moved Jeffersonville back to midfield, forcing a punt.
East took over at the Red Devils 38, and as it did all night, scored quickly as McDonald ran it in from 6 yards out for touchdown No. 4. The point after put the Olympians up 42-0 with just under a minute left in the third quarter.
The Olympian second string offense got into the act in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Ethan Duncan rambled in from 40 yards out with three minutes left in the game making the final score 49-0.
McDonald and Parks led the ground attack for the Olympians. Parks carried nine times for 164 yards and a touchdown, while McDonald had 160 yards on 15 carries with four scores.