When Ezekiel Elliott is on the field at John Burroughs or running on the track circling the field, there are few competitors who can match him stride for stride.
The Ohio State-bound sprinter ran for TDs of 64, 63 and 19 and caught an 89-yard strike from Nicholas Duncan to run his total to 8 on the young season. In a game that was called because of thunder and heavy rains with 1:30 to go in the third quarter, the Bombers (2-0) beat Lutheran South in a Metro League game, 35-0. The Bombers forced a running clock in the entire third quarter.
Elliott scored 4 of the first 5 times he touched the ball. Coach Gus Frerotte liberally intermixed quarterbacks Duncan, a junior and Tre Moore, a sophomore.
The Bombers played some hard-nosed defense. A couple of times the Lancers got into the Red Zone, only to come away empty handed.
Key interceptions by senior two-way star Foye Oluokun and Peter Schnuck took the Lancers out of those scoring opportunities.
The game was set for 1 p.m. Saturday, but moved to 4 p.m. Friday to try and stay ahead of the storms of Hurricane Isaac which blew in from the Gulf.
The Bombers, who host Priory at 4:30 p.m. Friday were a bit disappointed to see the game end prematurely.
Frerotte explained: “With the score the way it was (35-0), we just felt it was best to come in.”
The Bombers had to overcome a little adversity.
Frerotte went on: “We had a bunch of penalties early. We had a fumble. We overcame a lot. We tried to work some things up tempo with our offense and we did that. Some guys on defense especially at linebacker stepped up. We have to improve each week and we saw a little of that today.”
Frerotte marvels at Elliott’s exploits. “And it doesn’t even look like he is running out there. He makes it look easy plus our line played way better today.”
Center/guard Griff Palan is just glad to be healthy and be on the field. “I think we started a little slow but we came out and picked it up as the game went on. Lutheran South is big and tough and athletic but Zeke played a great game, we just have to hold our blocks a couple of seconds--and he is gone.”
“We do have to work on our discipline. That was the one area I was concerned with,” said Palan.
Oluokun, who goes both ways was glad to win.
“I was hoping to get to play a little bit more. The rain didn’t allow that.”
The senior likes the Bombers prospects. “We’ve got the right attitude. Things are starting to pick up. We have to work on playing hard each game right from the start. We want to put together a bunch of wins,” he said.
Westminster 34, MICDS 0
That was a painful loss for the Rams. The Wildcats scored 13 points in the first quarter then 7 each in the remaining three quarters. The loss drops the Rams to 0-2 this season.