AU downs Quincy, 34-14, to stay undefeated

Washington scores 3 TDs as Eagles dominate Hawks


Wesley Seyfang

The Eagles defeated the Quincy Hawks on Sept. 24 by a score of 34-14. Sophomore transfer Trevor Bycznski hands off the ball to tailback Patrick Blubaugh

Cade Cracas, Sports & Digital Editor

Another week, another win for the Eagle football team as it continues its phenomenal play to start the season.

Coming off of a Week Three bye week and a nine-hour drive to Quincy, Ill., the Eagles rose to the occasion and dominated the Hawks, 34-14.

In the first quarter of play the Michael Ayers-led defense shined forcing three punts and an interception through four drives. Sophomore Anthony Harkness secured his first interception of the season and returned it 48 yards to give the Eagles excellent field position.

After gaining momentum on defense the Eagle offense found its rhythm as Gei’Vonnni Washington ran the ball in from four yards out to secure the early 7-0 lead.

On the following drive, the Eagles scored once more as Washington found room to run and took it into the end zone from 24 yards out.

After two quick scores towards the end of the first quarter, the next points wouldn’t be scored until the second quarter came to a close. With three seconds left redshirt freshman A.J. Rhodes secured a field goal to close out the half with a 17-0 lead in favor of the Eagles.

Starting in the third quarter the Eagles would march down the field led by quarterback Austin Brenner who would throw for his first touchdown of the day. On the reception was sophomore fullback Johron Johnson who scored from four yards out.

While things were going spectacular for the Eagles the following offensive drive would end in an interception as Brenner was looking for wideout Garrett Turnbaugh across the middle of the field.

Now with slight momentum, the Hawks would drive down the field and put their first points on the board after quarterback Tionne Harris found Jalen Lawrence for a 26-yard touchdown pass.

On the next possession, Rhodes would hit another field goal for the Eagles from 21 yards out to extend the lead to 27-7.

With a small glimpse of hope, the Hawks looked to continue to shorten the point differential on the next drive.

However, redshirt freshman Nathan Spatny had other plans as he made a leaping interception to get the ball back for the Eagles.

The Eagles would see running backs Larry Martin and Gei’Vonni Washington lead the next drive. Martin rushed for 26 yards while Washington ran for 14 including a touchdown on the ground.

After the interception leading to an offensive touchdown, the Hawks trotted back down the field in the fourth quarter to put one last score on the board from a quarterback sneak.

With a sizeable lead, Brenner would be taken out of the game and sophomore transfer Trevor Bycznski would replace him.

Bycznski would complete the game with 15 yards and an interception on five passes.

After a 34-14 performance that saw numerous Eagles step up to the occasion and contribute to the team win, they improve to 3-0 on the season.

The offense saw Washington run for 89 yards on 11 carries while finding the end zone three times. Counterpart Martin ran for 60 yards and received 62 yards. Even with a stellar performance from the running backs, Brenner finished the contest with 199 yards, a touchdown, and an interception.

The Eagle defense was led by Michael Ayers who had eight tackles and one tackle for a loss. The defense also forced two interceptions and a fumble in the contest.

The Eagles next look to Oct. 1 where they take on a new Great Midwest Athletic Conference opponent in the Northwood Timberwolves. The contest is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Jack Miller Stadium.