Football Cruises to Win Over Eureka
Athletics - posted on 10/1/2005
Sophomore Shawn Lee and freshman Brandon Erdman rushed for two touchdowns each as the Lakeland Muskie football team blanked the Eureka Red Devils, 64-0, on Saturday afternoon at Taylor Field.
Lee ran for 119 yards on 11 carries, and Erdman gained 90 yards on 21 rushes. The Muskies as a team racked up 377 yards on the ground and scored all nine times they entered the red zone.
"We came out and we played well," Lee said, "but we always got room for improvement."
Lakeland's defense was equally spectacular, holding Eureka to 103 total yards and forced five turnovers. Senior linebacker Ryan Van De Loo intercepted two passes and assisted with senior lineman David Benton on the team's only sack.
"Ryan's filling the role that Sammy (Scharinger) played last year," head coach Jim Zebrowski said. "He's just flying all over the place now."
"We made sure that when we hit someone, we hit them as hard as we could," said Van De Loo. "This was by far one of the most physical games we've played and that's what we need is a physical game."
Freshman linebacker John Wagner tallied 7.5 tackles and forced two fumbles on the day.
"Before the game, coach Zebrowski told us he wants to see us get a lot more aggressive," junior lineman Shane Schrimpf said. "We got in there pretty good, and we were getting a lot of pressure on the quarterback."
Eureka quarterback Shaun Manning, who was leading the Illini-Badger Conference with 286 yards passing per game, was held to just 78 yards passing in the game.
"For us, it was just getting to the quarterback enough where he didn't become a factor anymore," Van De Loo said.
The score was 7-0 after the first quarter, but Lakeland scored 29 points in the second quarter to go into the half with a 36-0 lead.
Senior quarterback Ryan Maiuri completed nine of 20 passes for 167 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 73 yards and two more touchdowns.
Eureka squandered both of their scoring opportunities, missing two field goals in the first quarter. The Muskies have shut the Red Devils out each of the last four seasons.
"That's the kind of football I hope we can play for the next five games," said Zebrowski.
The Muskies improved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in the IBFC and will host MacMurray next week for Homecoming. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.
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