Bailey Spruill #71 and Josh Whitenton #44 move in for the tackle on the Strayhorn runner. Steven Call #82 and Austin Colburn #50 also help in stopping the play. Photo by Dennis Clayton.
BY DENNIS CLAYTON
STRAYHORN – East Union has fought the injury bug since game one and Friday night the Urchins played without eight starters as they lost on the road to Strayhorn 20-0. East Union had to again reshuffle their lineup and move players around to new positions, particularly affected was the offensive line which has not seen the same five starters all season.
“We played short-handed, but that doesn’t excuse all the penalties and turnovers,” East Union coach Scott Duley said. “We probably had seven or eight offsides on defense, we’ve got to get more disciplined. I’ve got to do a better job coaching. Hats off to Strayhorn, they played a good game, they had a good game plan. They probably possessed the ball about 75 per cent of the clock time. It’s hard to win when the other team’s got the ball that long.”
Strayhorn took the opening kickoff and methodically moved downfield covering 80 yards. The Mustangs scored with 8:08 left in the opening quarter on Jordan Pinion’s 27 yard touchdown run. The kick failed and Strayhorn led 6-0.
East Union drove inside the Mustang 40 on three occasions, but an interception and costly penalties stopped all of the drives and the Urchins trailed 6-0 after a quarter.
The Urchins marched from their 16 to the Strayhorn 31 late in the first half, but the drive ended on an interception by the Mustangs.
Strayhorn took only two plays to convert the turnover into points as they scored with :1.7 left in the half. Ryan Ross hit Justin Stovall with a 16 yard pass for the score. The pass was incomplete for the two point attempt and the teams went to half with Strayhorn up 12-0.
East Union took the kickoff in the second half and drove to the Strayhorn 25, but a fumble killed the drive on the Urchins’ deepest drive of the night.
Austin Colburn recovered a Strayhorn fumble in the next series, but the Urchins went three and out, resulting in a punt. Neither team was able to score in the third quarter.
Strayhorn scored the game’s final touchdown with 10:20 left in the game as Pinion scored on a four-yard run. He also added the two point conversion with his run and the Mustangs led 20-0.
Jamie McCullough lead East Union in rushing with 10 carries for 88 yards. Lane Plunk had six carries for 60 yards.
Zane Wilkinson was 5-12 passing for 61 yards. Craig Hutchens had two catches for 32 yards and Cody Taylor had two catches for 26 yards.
“We had our opportunities, you’ve got to capitalize when you’ve got them and we certainly had them,” Duley said. “Every time it seemed we had a big play, we had a penalty. The big thing we want to teach these young men is to persevere in difficulties and you certainly can’t teach them that if you don’t have difficulties.”
Duley said he was pleased with the effort by the Urchins, but the execution left a lot to be desired.
East Union has an open date next week and return to action on October 3 against New Site which will be Homecoming for the Urchins.