UNIONTOWN — On what was the Uniontown High School’s homecoming night, the Eagles did not send their fans home disappointed. Uniontown secured its first victory of the 2018 season, defeating Three Rivers League foe Northeast 52-12.
Uniontown came into the contest after back-to-back losses to Southeast and Jayhawk-Linn. Offensively for the Eagles the season had gotten off to a frustrating start, scoring a combined 12 points in their two losses. Friday night however, was a different story. Uniontown flipped the script on offense scoring steadily throughout the game. Jumping out to a commanding 40 point lead after three quarters, the Eagles were able to cruise to a victory. To put the scoring outburst into perspective, the last time Uniontown scored over 50 points in a contest they were competing in the 8-man division.
“We executed tonight within our schemes,” said Eagles’ head coach Jeremy Neville. “The energy and excitement was back. We had several players have very good individual performances, but the team as a whole was better at overcoming adversity tonight.”
With the win Uniontown improves to 1-2 on the season, while Northeast falls to 0-3 with the loss. The Vikings have lost 24 straight games dating back to 2015.
The Eagles were in control of the contest from start to finish, but it was the defense that first set up the offense. On the Vikings’ opening drive, linebacker Hayden Miller deflected quarterback Karter Dugan’s pass into the waiting hands of teammate Ty Davidson for an early interception. It took the Eagles’ offense a total of two plays to capitalize on the turnover. Running back Andrew Reed took a hand-off 14-yards to mid-field and after a false start Davidson hit Miller in stride for a 55-yard touchdown. An Andrew Reed kick gave Uniontown an early 7-0 lead.
Northeast would quickly respond, as Karter Dugan hit do-it-all running back Nathan Boswell on a swing route for a 49-yard score. The 2-point try was unsuccessful leaving the score at 7-6 in favor of the Eagles.
Uniontown’s next drive also started out with a bang. Andrew Reed took the first carry to the Northeast 22-yard line gaining 35-yards. Five plays later Ty Davidson scored from 2-yards out on a designed quarterback run pushing the score to 13-6 with 5:29 remaining in the first quarter. After marching down the field to end the quarter, Ty Davidson kicked off the second quarter with a 12-yard scramble for a touchdown. Reed’s extra point was good pushing the Eagles’ lead to 20-6.
The two teams would trade possessions that ended in punts before the Eagles capped off the second quarter with a touchdown drive. Taking over at their own 27-yard line with 3:02 remaining in the quarter, Uniontown moved the ball down the field quickly. Davidson again hit Miller for a long 43-yard reception. Later in the drive Davidson passed to wide receiver Jez Simpson for a 25-yard touchdown. A heads up play by Andrew Reed on a fumbled extra point attempt led to an unorthodox, but successful 2-point conversion. Uniontown took a 28-6 lead heading into halftime.
In the third quarter the Eagles continued their offensive dominance, scoring on three of their four drives. Ty Davidson capped off the opening 9-play, 51-yard drive with a touchdown from 9-yards out pushing the Eagles’ advantage to 34-6. Later, Davidson threw to Jez Simpson who tight roped the sideline all the way to the endzone for a 45-yard touchdown. After an unsuccessful point after attempt Uniontown lead 40-6.
Northeast appeared to have strung together back-to-back successful plays until the Eagles’ Andrew Reed intercepted a Karter Dugan pass. The Vikings however, would regain possession of the ball two plays later after Jasper Atchison intercepted Ty Davidson’s throw.
On the first play of their drive after the interception, a Northeast ball carrier fumbled the ball to Uniontown’s Drew Perry. Perry scooped the football of the ground at mid-field and returned it all the way down to the Vikings’ 4-yard line. Andrew Reed scored from 4-yards out on the next play, giving the Eagles an insurmountable 46-6 lead late in the third quarter.
Uniontown would add one more score early in the fourth quarter on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Ty Davidson to Hayden Miller. The extra point was no good resulting in a score of 52-6.
The Vikings did finish the night on a high note, as Karter Dugan passed to Nathan Boswell for a 28-yard touchdown as time expired. The final score was 52-12 in favor of the Eagles.
Despite the successful night, Eagles’ head coach Jeremy Neville still sees room for improvement. “We are getting better every time out, but the penalties are still hurting us. Lyndon will be a tough challenge next Friday.”
On offense Ty Davidson paced the Eagles, completing 10-17 passes for 218-yards and 4 touchdowns. Davidson also added 85-yards on the ground as well as 3 rushing touchdowns. Andrew Reed broke the century mark, rushing 16 times for 139-yard and 1 score. In the receiving department, Hayden Miller had 5 receptions for a remarkable 135-yards and 2 touchdowns. Miller also carried the ball 4 times for 32-yards. In addition, earlier in the evening Miller was voted as the school’s Homecoming King, capping off what was quite the night. Jez Simpson had 2 receptions for 70-yards and 2 touchdowns. It should also be noted that the Eagles’ offensive line led by Clay Sutterby and Nick Hathaway performed very well.
Defensively, Uniontown was led by Andrew Reed who had 11 tackles and 1 interception. Nick Hathaway finished with 9 tackles and 2 sacks, while Ty Davidson finished with 7 tackles and 1 interception. Chance Fuhrman ended his night with 5 tackles and 1 interception. Drew Perry also added fumble recovery with a long return.
The Vikings’ defense allowed over 450-yards to the Uniontown offense on the night. “Defensively we had to make major changes in an already short week. We struggled with alignment and assignment at times, but with a full week ahead we will get those problems ironed out. We have to get off blocks better and do a better job of finishing tackles,” reiterated Northeast head coach Phil Hobbs. Hobbs also added “Our run game is struggling and we are relying to much on the passing game. We have to do a better job next week of getting our run game established. Penalties are also hurting us offensively. We do more to stall drives than our opponent does at times, we can’t be constantly having to dig ourselves out of holes.
It was not all bad for Northeast on Friday night. “Karter did a nice job at quarterback running the offense, he throws a good ball and tonight Nathan did a great job catching and fighting for extra yards,” said coach Hobbs. “Our special teams also did well. We had good returns to give us nice starting field position and both our punters punted well and along with coverage helped flip the field.”
Quarterback Karter Dugan led the Vikings on offense, completing 16-32 passes for 194-yards and 2 touchdowns. Running back Nathan Boswell not only gained yards on the ground, but also had 11 catches for 167-yards and 2 touchdowns.
Looking ahead Uniontown (1-2, 1-2 TRL) will travel to play traditional football powerhouse Lyndon on Friday (9/21), while Northeast (0-3, 0-3 TRL) looks to pick up their first victory in 2018 as they travel to play rival Southeast on Friday (9/21).
UNIONTOWN 13 15 18 6 = 52
NORTHEAST 6 0 0 6 = 12