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FRIDAY NIGHT UNDER THE LIGHTS

HAULING IT IN – Eureka’s Aden Sears secures the football for a touchdown on Friday against Le Roy. The junior speedster caught three TDs in a 28-0 win at McCollum Field (Photo provided).

EUREKA - Despite being guilty of 11 penalties, Eureka came out on the winning side in Friday's opener with a 28-0 shutout of Le Roy at McCollum Field. Junior quarterback Matt Martin completed 16 of 22 passes for 262 yards and four touchdowns. Three of Aden Sears' six catches resulted in TDs, as he tallied 133 yards.

As a sophomore, Martin was accurate on just 51 percent of his attempts, a number which figures to go up this season.

"We're hoping," said Eureka coach Jason Bachman. "It needs to be there if we're going be as good of a team as we think we can be. He was a young quarterback last year. He was a sophomore and we were asking a lot from him. He has evolved as a quarterback. He trusts his receivers. Every time he throws it, he's confident someone will catch it."

In addition, six-foot-five wideout Reuben Roberts hauled in five receptions for 92 yard and a TD.

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The Panthers were limited to 148 yards of total offense. Aidan Eddy was their top rusher with 13 carries for 45 yards.

Notes: Eight of the 11 infractions occurred in the opening half. Eureka had a total of 108 yards in penalties. The hosts unveiled new green uniforms with Eureka on the front and the players' last names on the back. Andrew King was ejected with less than five minutes left in the first half for unsportsmanlike conduct. That will force him to sit out week two against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley.

See article on Sept. 5 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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