STRONG EFFORT, POOR EXECUTION
Eastern coach John Dablow loved what he saw as far as his team’s effort in last Friday’s 48-8 loss to West Washington. The team’s execution of the game plan — that was a different story.
“I think effort-wise, we fought the whole game,” Dablow said. “We just missed too many assignments and we were just out-manned in a few spots. I think there are still a few games out there that we can [win].”
Eastern fumbled the opening kickoff and West Washington scored on the following play. On the Musketeers’ first offensive play, junior quarterback Austin Roberts hit junior receiver Nick Jenkins on a 65-yard TD strike. It was Eastern’s final score.
Overall, Dablow was happy with his second-year starting quarterback’s progress.
“I’d like to see him stand in the pocket a little more and deliver the pass,” Dablow said. “He’s more than capable of doing that, but really he played well. He put the ball where we wanted it a couple of times, but we had some dropped passes. He’s well above where he started last year, so we look for him to keep improving. I think he’s going to get there soon.”
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Austin Hines, Jeffersonville RB
Hines opened his senior season with a career-night performance. The former Little League World Series star rushed for 257 yards and scored six touchdowns in the Red Devils’ 60-48 victory over Evansville Bosse.
Hines scored on runs of 27, 56, 2, 7, 3 and 4 as Jeff ended a 20-game opening-night losing streak.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Damian McDuffy, New Albany DE
The Bulldogs’ “defensive leader” helped New Albany pitch a shutout in Friday’s 28-0 victory over rival Providence. McDuffy had several tackles and a quarterback sack as the New Albany D surrendered just 89 total yards and ended a six-game home losing streak to the Pioneers.