Eagles Playoff Eligible With Win Over Whippets
By: Brian Burkhart Prep Reporter Twitter: @BrianESPN
On a cold Friday night at Whitewater Field, the Whippets will wake up on Saturday morning with their hopes of a playoff appearance crushed. The Whitewater Whippets (2-4) fell to the Jefferson Eagles (4-2) in a heart breaking game 33-6.
The win makes the Eagles playoff eligible, this is the fifth straight year of them making the playoffs and it knocks the Whippets out of the picture. The game wasn’t heart breaking because of a last second touchdown or field goal, but because Whitewater knew what could have been. The Whippets haven’t had a strong football program in the last few years and everyone thought this year was a turning point.
They started out the year undefeated but slowly came back down to earth, losing their last three games. Whippets Head Coach Anthoni Parr was disappointed with the loss because of how hard he knows his team has worked this season. “I really feel for our team, there is a bunch of great young men here and they have worked their butt off this summer to get ready for the year, its unfortunate we can’t bring playoff football to these kids,” said Parr.
The Eagles on the other hand were all set for business the minute kickoff started, star running back Garrett Blaeske caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Andy Braheir on the third play of the game to put the Eagles up 7-0 early. The first possession by the Whippets resulted in a fumble on their own 19-yard line recovered by the Eagles. Four plays later running back Garrett Ebert takes a four-yard run into the end zone to put them up 13-0. The duo of Ebert and Blaeske combined for 253 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the night.
Whippets didn’t get on the board until the middle of the second quarter, when quarterback Scott Gorsuch (73 yards passing, touchdown) hooked up with wide-out Joe Bullis for a 33-yard touchdown. The Whippets botched the extra point and the score was 13-6. Eagle’s Ebert scored again before half to make it 20-6 heading into the locker room.
The third quarter went by quickly only seeing the Eagles score on a 10 yard run from Cody Stells to make it 26-6. The Whippets couldn’t get anything going on offense with Gorsuch being sacked four times in the third. The Whippets had their chance to score in the fourth when they marched down to the Eagle’s 25-yard line but the drive ended in a punt. The Eagle’s held the Whippets scoreless in the second half, and Blaeske sealed the victory with a late touchdown run to put them up 33-6 with two minutes left in the game.
The Eagles leave Whitewater field playoff bound and send the Whippets out of the playoff hunt. The Jefferson Eagles will travel too McFarland next week to take on the Spartans. The Whitewater Whippets will head to East Troy next week to take on the battered and bruised Trojans.
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