The Eminence High School Warriors may want to change their name to honor the Mel Gibson film series of the 1980’s. The Road Warriors have won 2 in a row on the road and will play in Cincinnati tomorrow against Riverview High School. They will finally come home to play on Sept. 14.
For now though, the road is just fine as Eminence defeated the Shawnee Golden Eagles 40-15 Friday in Louisville to follow up the trip to Caverna where they won 22-0.
EHS scored early in the first quarter on a Justin Mitchell to Brandon Mitchell 17-yard pass. Hayden Hoofman caught a Justin Mitchell pass for the 2-point conversion to put Eminence up 8-0.
Later in the opening period, Bradley Foree returned a punt 65 yards to make the score 14-0; the conversion attempt failed.
Eminence continued the strong offensive showing early in the 2nd quarter when Foree scored from 3 yards out to make it 20-0 On their next possession Eminence showed their balance and versatility with another touchdown pass from Justin Mitchell — this time to Mitchell Golden and the rout was on.
But a tiring defense gave up a 50-yard run to Shawnee that got the ball down to the 3-yard line with about 2 minutes to go in the half. “We missed about 6 tackles on that play. I guess we were getting tired,” head coach Steve Frommeyer said.
Shawnee ran the ball in from there and scored on the 2-point conversion with a pass to make the score 26-8.
On the ensuing series Mitchell threw an interception that was returned 45 yards for a touchdown. The extra point try was good and the margin had been cut to 11 at halftime.
“That last play was my fault,” Frommeyer said. “It was a bad call in that situation. It wasn’t a great pass, but I shouldn’t have called that play in that situation, but we adjusted at halftime and the kids refocused and did a good job.”
And refocus they did.
Once play resumed the Warriors scored on their first two possessions of the second half and then shut down the Golden Eagles the rest of the way.
The first score came after DeMarcus Bailey returned the opening kickoff 75 yards to the 13-yard line. On the first play from scrimmage Foree ran it in for the touchdown and the Warriors led 32-15.
On their next possession the Warriors scored when Bailey ran it in from the 9-yard line. Foree got the 2-point conversion on a run and the score stood at 40-15.
Frommeyer was pleased with the overall effort of his defense but especially the secondary, where several players were playing out of position due to injuries.
“We had three more interceptions to go with the five from last week,” Frommeyer said. “Cornerback Curtis Barrett had two interceptions and Justin Mitchell had one. It was an emotional game for Curtis. He broke his leg against them last year and was in the middle of a great game then.
“I was especially pleased with Justin Mitchell and Mitchell Golden. Justin was starting at safety but had to move back to the corner because Shelby Armstrong was out due to leg issues and we weren’t sure until game time whether he could play or not,” said Frommeyer, “Golden didn’t play last year and now we have had to throw him in at safety for the first time and he played phenomenal. He broke up five passes and had four tackles. He is a smart kid. He learns fast.”
“They threw on almost every down but only had 80 yards passing. They had 99 yards rushing but 50 of that came on one play. Aside from that one play, our tackling was much better this week.”
Frommeyer also was pleased with the adjustments that were forced on the offense by injuries, and said that Bailey and Foree played well at tailback in place of Armstrong and Daishon Moore.
But the stat leader of the night gets lost in the shuffle, the coach said.
“You know, lost in all that discussion about injuries and adjustments is the fact the Brandon Mitchell had 9 catches for 157 yards and they double-teamed him all night after he caught his first pass for a touchdown,” Frommeyer said.