Eisenhower quarterback Shawn Pascuzzi.

Lucky 7s: No. 7 (Pascuzzi) Helps Lead Eisenhower to Win No. 7

October 8, 2022

RUSSELL, Pa. – Shawn Pascuzzi set season highs in completions and attempts and Tucker Lindell scored a pair of third-quarter touchdowns to help Eisenhower defeat Saegertown, 35-18, on Friday.

Pascuzzi was 16-21 passing for 245 yards and two touchdowns. The 16 completions were two more than his previous season and career-high for attempts (14 against Cambridge Springs) and the 245 passing yards were a career-high and most in a game for the Knights since Owen Trumbull threw for 252 against Iroquois in 2020.

Lindell scored on runs of 3 and 33 yards in the third quarter to help break the game open.

Rewatch the game:

The Knights (7-0) took the opening possession and wasted little time getting on the board as Pascuzzi connected with Keegan Eckstrom for a 41-yard touchdown pass.

Saegertown (1-6) answered with a quick-strike drive of its own. Sully Zirkle hit Henry Shaffer for a 35-yard completion, then on 4th-and-goal from the 18 found Damen Rossey all alone in the corner of the end zone.

Benji Bauer scored on a 24-yard run late in the first quarter, and on a 44-yard screen pass near the midpoint of the second quarter to give Eisenhower a 21-6 lead at the half.

Eisenhower’s Connor Younger pressures Saegertown quarterback Sully Zirkle during their game on Oct. 8, 2022. Photo by Steve Younger.

Lindell capped the Knights’ first possession of the second half with his 3-yard touchdown run. Late in the third, Lindell took a handoff straight up the middle, broke a handful of tackles, and raced 33 yards to give Eisenhower a 35-6 lead.

Shaffer caught the ensuing kickoff at the 15, initially ran it back up the middle, found a seam, and raced down the sideline to cut the lead to 35-12.

Zirkle closed out the scoring with a 7-yard run in the early stages of the fourth quarter.

Zirkle was 9-17 for 150 yards with a touchdown and an interception. No Panther had more than eight rushing yards, and as a team, Saegertown had 29 carries for 17 yards.

Lindell had five carries for 67 yards and two scores. Bauer finished with 169 total yards (106 rushing, 63 receiving) and two touchdowns, and was one of three receivers with at least 60 yards for the Knights (Wyatt Lookenhouse-60, Kris Bunk-66).

Eisenhower will travel to Northwestern next Saturday with a chance to claim the Region 2 title outright.

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