Homecoming was sweet for the Joseph Eagles as they downed the Elgin Huskies 27-6 at Joseph. The Blue and Gold scored on their first possession of the game as Dusty Witherrite crossed the goal line with 1:58 gone in the first quarter for a 7-0 lead.
The Eagles struck again with 2:08 remaining in the first on a 65 yard pass run from Joseph QB Kyle Hook to wide receiver Ryan Barstad.
Elgin's offense couldn't get on track and the Eagles capitalized in the second quarter. Hook connected with Tristan Gorsline on a 17 yard strike with :54 seconds remaining in the first half to give Joseph a 21-0 advantage at the half.
Neither team was able to convert in the third quarter.
Elgin's Blake Eckstein carried the ball in for the score midway through the fourth quarter to put the Huskies on the scoreboard 21-6. The Eagles answered late in the contest on a 16 yard QB keeper up the middle by Hook to end the game at 27-6.
" It was a good first half but in the second half we just went through the motions and made some mental mistakes," said Eagles coach Rusty Eschler.
Randall Eschler returned to the playing field after being sidelined with a broken hand that he received two weeks ago in a game against Union. "Randall caught a couple of passes but he's still getting used to the cast because it is covered with a lot of padding," Eschler said.
Score by quarter:
Joseph: 14 7 0 6 = 27
Elgin: 0 0 0 6 = 6
Passing: JHS: Hook 5/10/115 (2 TD, 2 INT) Elgin: Schumacher 1/4/4; Eckstien 1/2/17 (1 INT)
Receiving: JHS: Gorsline 2/28 (1 TD); Barstad 1/65 (1 TD); Eschler 2/22; Elgin: Schumacher 1/17; Payne 1/4.
Rushing: JHS: Witherrite 11/104 (1 TD); Gorsline 12/62; Hook 7/55 (1 TD); Gamboa 3/33; Eschler 10/14; Easley 1/1; Butterfield 1/-5. Elgin: Eckstien 16/55 (1 TD); Payne 22/62; Schumacher 5/5; Whiteman 1/1; Burgess 3/-9.
Interceptions: JHS: Gamboa 1/42.