For Immediate Release
Oct. 16, 2010
Crown Runs Past Eureka Football, 36-14
ST. BONIFACIUS, Minn. – Eureka College sophomore running back Ethan Lord (Dupo, Ill./Dupo H.S./Iowa Wesleyan) ran for a career-high 110 yards and sophomore quarterback Sam Durley (Roanoke, Ill./Roanoke-Benson H.S.) threw for a pair of touchdowns, but five Crown players combined to gain 360 yards on the ground in a 36-14 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference victory over the Red Devils, Saturday afternoon at Storm Field in St. Bonifacius, Minn.
Tyler Hallblade ran for a 43-yard touchdown on Crown’s first possession of the game to give the Purple Storm a 7-0 lead with 10:44 left in the first quarter. Hallblade snagged an 11-yard reception from quarterback Adam Hayes on third-and-11 to extend the drive just two plays before the touchdown run. Following a Eureka punt, the Storm extended its lead to two scores on a 7-yard touchdown scamper from Hayes with 5:24 left in the opening quarter.
The score remained 14-0 in favor of the hosts until halftime. The Red Devils (0-6, 0-3 UMAC) nearly cut their deficit in half midway through the second quarter after driving inside the Crown 10-yard line, but Nick Garrard intercepted Durley in the end zone with 5:42 left in the half to end Eureka’s longest drive of the first half.
After a Crown (5-2, 3-1 UMAC) three-and-out to start the third quarter, Eureka took the ball deep into Crown territory on its first series of the second half. Facing fourth-and-one at the 26-yard line, Durley was stopped short of a first down to end the drive that lasted 12 plays and took more than six minutes off the clock. The Storm responded with a 10-play drive capped by a 3-yard run from Hallblade for a 21-0 lead.
Hayes scored his second touchdown of the afternoon midway through the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run to push Crown to a 28-0 lead. Eureka responded with an eight-play, 60-yard scoring drive that took just 3-minutes, 12-seconds off the clock. Junior tight end Alex Hess (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S.) took a 3-yard pass from Durley to score his fourth touchdown of the season.
Junior wideout Wes Schmidgall (Eureka, Ill./Eureka H.S./Culver-Stockton) caught a 54-yard pass from Durley to score his fourth touchdown of the season with just 92 seconds left in the game. The strike pushed Durley over the 200-yard mark in passing for the second time in his career.
Lord carried the ball 14 times for 110 yards to give the Red Devils their first 100-yard rusher of the 2010 season. Senior wide receiver Dillon Reed (Illiopolis, Ill./Sangamon Valley H.S.) made a career-high 10 receptions for 87 yards.
Hayes, who entered the game ranked 16th in Division III with 1,514 passing yards, was held to a season-low 82 passing yards by the Eureka defense on 8-for-15 passing. Junior safety Mike Minehan (Washington, Ill./Washington H.S./McKendree) made 20 tackles for the Red Devils and sophomore defensive back Paul Maloney (Pekin, Ill./Pekin H.S.) recorded his first career interception late in the first quarter.
Hallblade ran for a game-high 158 yards and two touchdowns for Crown. Amos Schmidt also eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground with 127 yards on 19 carries and scored Crown’s final touchdown with 2:16 left in the game.
Eureka, who made its third road trip of the season of at least 700 miles on Saturday, will return home for the first time since Sept. 25 when the Red Devils host UMAC foe Northwestern (Minn.) at McKinzie Field for the first time in school history on Saturday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m.
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