Defensive Dominance: Eisenhower Defense Stymies Union City in Shutout Win

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Eisenhower defenders swarm Union City running back Owen Kerns during their game on Sept. 9, 2022. Photo by Steve Younger.

RUSSELL, Pa. – For the second straight week, Eisenhower held an opponent to less than 75 rushing yards as the Knights rolled past Union City, 35-0 on Friday.

Last week, the Knights (3-0 overall, 1-0 Region 2) held Cambridge Springs to negative rushing yards just a week after the Blue Devils ran for 386 yards. On Friday, Eisenhower held the Bears (1-2, 0-1) to just 62 total yards, all rushing, a week after Union City ran for over 320 yards.

The defense also put the finishing touches on the win as Garrett Jensen took an interception 65 yards to paydirt with just over six minutes to play in the third quarter.

Jensen talked about the win on the Generational Wealth Management Extra Point Show with JB Graphics:

After a scoreless first quarter, Shawn Pascuzzi got the Knights on the board with a 1-yard plunge to cap a drive that began at the Eisenhower 1-yard-line.

Three minutes later Pascuzzi took the snap, pumped once, then unleashed a strike to Wyatt Lookenhouse down the left sideline for a 37-yard touchdown.

Rewatch the game:

Union City quarterback Clay Thomas gained 54 of the Bears’ 62 total yards on a single play late in the first half. Thomas’ run put the Bears in prime position to score with a first down at the Eisenhower 12, but the Knights forced Union City to go backward and took over on downs.

Big pass plays to Kris Bunk and Benji Bauer on the ensuing possession had the Knights knocking on the door again from the 1. Pascuzzi kept it himself for the second time and Eisenhower took a 21-0 lead into the locker room.

It took less than 90 seconds for the Knights to strike in the third quarter. Bauer found a seam up the middle and took it 43 yards to the end zone. Jensen ended the scoring with his pick-six four minutes later.

Thomas finished with 18 carries for 70 yards. He was 1-6 passing for no yards with two interceptions.

Bauer had 12 carries for 125 yards and a score. Tucker Lindell had five carries for 59 yards and Logan Penley had four carries for 38 yards.

Pascuzzi was 4-14 passing for 129 yards and a touchdown and added 19 yards and two scores on the ground. Lookenhouse had two catches for 70 yards and a score. Bunk had 33 receiving yards and Bauer had 26 receiving yards.

As a team, Eisenhower outgained Union City 387-62.

The Knights close out this homestand next week against Seneca.