COCHRANTON, Pa. – Eisenhower coach Jim Penley knew, despite their record, Cochranton would provide a good test in the final week before the playoffs.
(Photo courtesy Steve Younger. Eisenhower running back Cael Black looks for room to run during a game at Cochranton, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. Black finished with 169 yards and three touchdowns to help lead the Knights to a 31-8 win over the Cardinals.)
Cochranton presented a challenge, and even handed Eisenhower its first deficit of the season, but in the end the Knights came away with a 31-8 victory over the Cardinals.
The Cardinals (0-7) got on the board in the first quarter thanks to an 88-yard touchdown pass from Wyatt Barzak to Kendrick Hostetler. The two point conversion was good and Cochranton took an 8-0 lead into the second quarter.
The Knights (7-0) got rolling offensively in the second. Cael Black got them on the board with a 21-yard run. Owen Trumbull followed with a 1-yard plunge, and Black scored from a yard out to give Eisenhower a 21-8 halftime lead.
Black got his third touchdown of the game from three yards out in the third quarter. Jake Venman finished off the scoring in the fourth with a 24-yard field goal.
For the game, the Knights outgained the Cardinals 439-123. Outside of the 88-yard touchdown, Eisenhower allowed just 35 total yards.
Black finished with 22 carries for 169 yards and three scores. Benji Bauer had 14 runs for 100 yards. Trumbull was 9-16 for 123 yards. Dillon Benson had six catches for 111 yards.
The Knights now turn their attention to the District 10 Class 1A playoffs. They will host West Middlesex next week in a semifinal matchup.