The HSE Royals Freshmen Football Team traveled to Boone County to take on the Eagles of Zionsville for an HCC match up on Saturday morning. The visiting Royals would take the opening kickoff and get things going on offense to begin the game. It was a balanced attack with Clayton Wilke eating up yards on the ground and Ty Bradle finding Grant Barton on a key 3rd and 5 in the air to keep the drive going. Multiple penalties by the Eagles on defense would provide some added help with a pass interference and offsides penalty to keep the drive going. Wilke would follow Griffin Haas through the left side of the line for a big run of 25 yards to breach the red zone area. The offense would come up short on a pass to the end zone on 4th and goal to turn the ball over to the Eagles Offense. The Royals defense would force the 3 and out as Dominic Burgett aided the stop with a tackle for loss on the series. After a few first downs by the Royals with Charlie Baldwin and Wilke on the ground, Bradle scrambled out to his right and lofted the ball over the defender to Barton for the 30 yard touchdown pass to start the scoring for the visitors. Zack Wagner, Bradle and Sean Gloeckner took care of the Extra Point with the snap, hold, and kick through the strategically placed yellow posts on the field of play. The defense remained stingy with Alex Boothby and David Nease squeezing the quarterback in space as he attempted to run the option off the right side resulting in a tackle for loss. The next play, Clayton Allen stepped in front of the drag route of the receiver to intercept the ball and return the ball inside the Eagles red zone. The first quarter would come to close with the visiting Royals leading 7 – 0.
The offense would have a few setbacks due to a holding and illegal man downfield penalty to move them behind the chains but responded with a deep pass into the end zone as Bradle connected with Joe Karwowski for the score. Wagner, Bradle, and Gloeckner helped add the PAT to increase the lead to 14 – 0. Eli Slibeck sent the ensuing kickoff deep to the right and the Eagles returners would mishandled the ball and it would go out of bound near the 1 yard line. After the Eagles completed a pass for a first down, the Front 7 swallowed the quarterback up for the sack. On the next play, Cole Earlewine flew up from his secondary spot to force the jet sweep inside for him, Chugga Rosario, and Quinn Skulski to get the tackle for loss. The offense would get the ball back after a forcing the Eagles to punt from their own end zone. The offense made quick work with the possession as Bradle took advantage of the implementation of the forward pass rule back in 1906 to connect with Barton again for the touchdown pass. Wagner, Bradle, and Slibek helped add the PAT to increase the lead to 21 – 0. The Eagles moved the ball to midfield with a good pass and catch down the sideline but the defense would get the Eagles to turn the ball over on downs as Rosario met the ball carrier in the hole for the tackle for loss on the series. The offense took advantage of an offsides and a pass interference penalty to help get in front of the chains and Bradle converted a crucial 4th and 5 with a touchdown pass to Barton. Wagner, Earlewine, and Slibeck did their job with the PAT as the Royals took a commanding lead 28 – 0. The D Line combined to sack the quarterback and keep the score the same as the first half came to a close.
The Eagles executed a solid drive to start the second half with a few big pass plays to get them down near the Royals goal line. The defense got resilient and stopped the jet sweep on 4th down and goal with Skulski squeezing down the edge to force the ball carrier back inside where he was met by a party of Royals to make the tackle for loss. The offense would convert a few first downs before turning the ball over on downs. The penalties would begin to get the best of the defense with a pass interference and horse collar tackle infraction provided the Eagles with good field position even with Boothby coming up with a sack on the drive. The Eagles converted a good screen play to the running back and he would scramble through the middle of the field for the touchdown score to chip away at the Royals lead 28 – 7. Both teams would then trade punts and the third quarter ended 28 – 7 in favor of the Royals.
After a few first downs on the ground, the Royals would be forced to punt. The aerial attack of the Eagles began as they tried to push the ball down the field. Eli Brantman intercepted a deep pass across the middle to allow the offense to go into Victory Formation to end the game as the Royals would be the victors with the 28 – 7.
The HSE Royals Freshmen Football Team will back in action on Monday, October 7th at 6pm as they host an old rival with the Millers of Noblesville coming to town.