Eagles roll past Ephrata in Review Cup battle

By on November 2, 2016

Claim sixth-straight win in series with 62-0 victory

Cocalico lineman Brady Maxwell (51) blocks Tyler Walter (27) of Ephrata during Friday’s game in Denver. Photo by Scott Krall

Cocalico lineman Brady Maxwell (51) blocks Tyler Walter (27) of Ephrata during Friday’s game in Denver. Photo by Scott Krall

Cocalico and Ephrata have been playing football since 1954. And while the Mounts lead the all-time series, the Eagles have owned it since the 2002 season.

Since that time, Cocalico has lost only twice (2003 & 2010) to the Mounts. And Friday night in Denver, the Eagles made sure early that they were going to continue their dominance over Ephrata.

The Eagles, who were coming off their first Section Two loss of the season against L-S one week earlier, sprinted out to a 35-0 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back.

Defensively, the Eagles held the Mounts to 108 total yards while the offense rolled up 320 yards on the ground, using a stable of running backs to power their way to an eventual 62-0 victory.

Colton Goodman led the way with 85 yards and a touchdown on nine carries as the Eagles captured The Ephrata Review Cup, which goes annually to the winner, for the sixth-straight season.

With the win, the Eagles (5-1 section, 6-3 overall) kept pace with Manheim Central (5-1, 8-1) atop the Section Two standings heading to the final week of the season. Cocalico can clinch a share of the title with a win Friday (7 p.m.) at Solanco, and secure one of the eight District Class AAAAA playoff berths by beating the Mules.

Cocalico coach Dave Gingrich said he liked the way his team bounced back following the loss to L-S.

“I thought the kids had a great week of preparation after viewing the L-S film last Monday,” he said. “We put that game to bed then and went out (vs. Ephrata) knowing we control our own fate. I was very pleased with the effort last.”

Quarterback Brady Sawyer (4 rushes, 64 yards) got the Eagles on the board at the 10:23 mark of the first quarter when he broke a 35-yard run for a touchdown to make it 7-0.

And the Eagles were only getting started.

Goodman followed with a six-yard touchdown run on the Eagles’ next possession before Austin Landers (2-56) went 22 yards for a score to make it 21-0 midway through the first period.

Cocalico added a three-yard touchdown run by Nate Musser and a five-yard plunge by fullback Brandon Brubaker to finish off the early 35-point explosion.

But the Eagles were far from finished, scoring three more times in the second quarter to take a 55-0 lead into the locker room.

First, Owen Zimmerman carried in from four yards out. Then, Mitch Caffrey returned a punt 63 yards for a score. The final touchdown of the quarter came from Landers, who started one way, reversed his field to the other sideline for a 34-yard TD run.

While the Cocalico defense continued to shut down the Mounts, the Eagles added a fourth quarter score on a four-yard scamper by back-up QB Noah Palm to close things out.

Ephrata, which fell to 0-6 section, 0-9 overall), was led offensively by Adam Smith, who gained 84 yards on 13 carries.

“Cocalico is a great team, we knew that going into the game,” Ephrata Coach Kris Miller said. “We did not do a very good job of playing fundamental football on either side of the ball early in the game. When you don’t execute fundamentals against a team like that, the game will get away from you rather quickly. I like the fact that our kids didn’t quit and that they kept battling throughout the game. We definitely had some individuals that performed better than they had for a couple of weeks, but as a team we didn’t execute the way we needed to.”

While the Eagles have a lot to play for this weekend, Ephrata will close out the season looking to avoid its fourth-straight 0-10 campaign. the mounts host Elizabethtown Friday at War Memorial, beginning at 7 p.m.

 

 

 

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