BETHALTO — The Civic Memorial Eagles extended their winning streak to five games on Friday with a Mississippi Valley Conference win against the Mascoutah Indians at Hauser Field.
The Eagles improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the MVC with 54-14 rout of the Indians. CM’s offense has certainly been potent in the 2015 campaign, as its tallied 234 points so far.
The Eagles wasted little time in establishing dominance. On their first drive, they put together a three play, 60-yard drive that ended with a touchdown from John Whitworth. Colin Hall’s extra point made the score 7-0. David Lane scored a touchdown at the 8:53 mark in the first quarter to make the score 13-0 Eagles and Tim Klocke scored a touchdown at the 4:42 mark to make the score 20-0 Eagles.
Despite the lopsided score, CM coach Justin Winslow felt his team could have played better.
“We didn’t play very well,” Winslow said. “We have to get better, whether we’re putting up points or not, we have to get better. We made some mistakes we shouldn’t have tonight.”
Winslow said his team made mental mistakes.
“It’s just some little things,” he said. “When you score that many points, you’re doing something right, and we’re a good football team. It’s just a part of our potential and we haven’t hit that yet.”
CM quarterback Adam Hill connected on 13 of 18 passes for 289 yards.
“Adam did a great job tonight,” Winslow said. “It wasn’t his decision making or anything. We’re just going to have to continue to get better.”
After falling behind 21-0, the Indians responded with a nine-play, 72-yard drive capped off by a touchdown from Jacob Williams to make the score 21-6 CM. However, the Eagles wouldn’t let the Indians grab the momentum and moved the ball down the field on a series of running and passing plays and Whitworth carried the ball into the end zone at the 2:09 mark in the first quarter to make the score 27-7 Eagles.
Not only are the Indians young this year, they were struck with sickness this week.
“We’re playing a lot of young kids,” Mascoutah coach Scott Battas said. “And our starting center (Dalton Martin) got the flu today so we missed him out of the shotgun. We had to make some adjustments up front on offense and that hurt us too, just to get in synch, I think. Once we figured some things out I thought the kids played with a little bit of confidence and we moved the ball for sure. I thought we stumbled in the red zone but between the red zones we were really good tonight.”
The Indians worked the ball inside CM’s 20-yard line three times but couldn’t capitalize. The Eagles continued to rack up points in the second quarter, as Whitworth struck a third time at the 8:22 mark in the second quarter. He caught a 30-yard Hill pass from Mascoutah’s 26-yard line and then made the trip into the end zone and CM went up 34-7. Jacob Williams scored a touchdown on Mascoutah’s next possession with a three-yard run into the end zone.
Brett Lane scored a touchdown at the 2:09 mark in the second quarter to give the Eagles a 40-14 lead. He caught a 26-yard Hill in the end zone.
CM led 40-14 at halftime. The Eagles went up 46-14 after a Lane touchdown at the 3:34 mark in the third quarter and went up 53-14 after a Jack Walker touchdown at the 4:26 mark in the fourth quarter.
Triad and Highland earned MVC wins over Jersey and Waterloo on Friday. Both have 5-0 overall records and are 2-0 in conference play. CM will take on Highland at 7 p.m. next Friday at CM.