they showed up to play all 4QT. good job boys!!! good job....that O-line looked great and the D was on fire
I copied this out of the Bloomington paper this morning they had someone covering the game last night.
ELLETTSVILLE — The Indiana Cutters’ blitz package was still predictable this week, only in a different way.
They came inside. They came outside. They just kept on coming and kept getting to the quarterback.
With a roar of excitement after each one of his three and a half sacks, Cutters’ linebacker Daniel Eason led a ferocious defense that gave up just three yards of total offense in a 42-0 rout of undermanned Mercer County in an Interstate League contest at Edgewood High School Saturday night.
“The guys on the defense came back together and we asked the coaches to set us free and let us do our thing,” said Eason, a Pike product. “They let us loose and we put up the goose egg. It was an all-around team effort.”
It was the season opener for the squad from Ohio, which brought less than 25 players and gave up six sacks, had four turnovers and minus-74 yards of rushing offense. That was the product of the Cutters (2-1, 1-1 IL) being fired up after a tough 20-14 defeat last week.
“Last week we were predictable,” Eason said of the defense. “We said, just let our guys be athletes. And their quarterback was rattled.”
While Mercer County QB Tony McNeilan was scrambling all night, Cutters’ QB Aaron White was untouched, finishing with 121 yards and four touchdown passes. Two each went to former North players Thomas Brashear and Terrell Tatum, who were starting in the absence of some missing regulars.
“We came in short on receivers, but we were able to work the ball around with a lot of players,” said White, a former standout at Edgewood. “And our line is starting to jell. Last year, we only have five. This year, we have eight guys rotating in so they are fresh all the time. And the running backs jelling with them and picking up their blocks.
“It was easy on me. I was feeling good tonight.”
Tailback Israel Thompson also added 92 yards rushing and two scores as the Cutters’ 249 yards of offense was plenty, with five scoring drives 50 yards or shorter.
“You have to give the defense credit for those short fields,” Cutters head coach Brent Slinkard said.
A sack by Bryan Tenner to end the Cougars’ first drive seemed to send them reeling the rest of the night.
The ensuing punt snap was a bit high and slipped through the punter’s hands and Tenner fell on it at the 9. Two plays later, White found Tatum on a slant for a 7-0 lead.
Then the Cutters caught the Cougars off-guard with an on-side kick that Mark Whitaker pounced on at the 50. That hustle led to a 39-yard TD pass to Brashear, who found himself wide open after a mix up in the coverage, for a 14-0 lead.
A fumbled pitch by Mercer County was recovered by the Cutters’ Rodney Harvey at the Cougars’ 22. Five plays later, Thompson dashed in from six yards out to make it 21-0 with 11:07 left in the first half.
The Cutters took a 28-0 halftime lead on Tatum’s 16-yard TD catch to cap a 61-yard drive in which they converted twice on fourth and long.
Two more scores in the third made it a rout with a running clock. The defense had two more sacks and an interception by Bobby Burton at the 1 with four minutes left preserved the shutout.
“We had a rough week of practice because of the loss,” Slinkard said. “Sometimes the only way to it feel better is to win and that’s what we did tonight. The coaches and players all worked hard. It was a collaborative effort.
“We challenged them and everyone stepped up.”
The Cutters will play host to the West Ohio Wranglers next Saturday at 7 p.m. at Edgewood.
I also thought I'd put the box score in as well
CUTTERS 42, MERCER COUNTY 0
Mercer County (0-1) 0 0 0 0 — 0 Cutters (2-1) 14 14 14 0 — 42
IC: Terrell Tatum 8 pass rom Aaron White (Jeff Westell kick), 6:28. C, 7-0.
IC: Thomas Brashear 39 pass from White (Westell kick), 4:19. C, 14-0.
IC: Israel Thompson 6 run (Westell kick), 11:07. C, 21-0.
IC: Tatum 16 pass from White (Westell kick), 1:53. C, 28-0.
IC: Thompson 4 run (Westell kick), 9:37. C, 35-0.
IC: Brashear 40 pass from White (Westell kick), 7:07 C, 42-0.
TEAM STATISTICSMC IC|MC IC First downs 2 10 | Passes 6-15-1 7-15-0 Rushing yards -74 128 | Punts-avg. 3-34.7 2-38.5 Passing yards 77 121 | Fumbles-lost 4-3 1-0 Total yards 3 249 | Penalty yards 25 25
Mercer County: Craig Wenning 3-3, Matt Tobe 6-2, Matt Wendel 1-(-24), Tony McNeilan 7-(-55).
Cutters: Israel Thompson 16-92, Mark Whitaker 4-19, Bobby Burton 3-10, Harvey Scruggs 4-5, DeShawn Benson 1-2, Brice Roberts 1-2, Aaron White 1-(-2).
Mercer County: McNeilan 5-14-0-44. Tobe 1-1-0-33.
Cutters: White 7-15-0-121.
Mercer County: Tony Diller 3-49, Trevor Stromblad 1-17, Tyler Wuebker 1-6, Tobe 1-5.
Cutters: Terrell Tatum 3-34, Thomas Brashear 2-79, Travis Boyd 1-7, Benson 1-1.
Thanks very much for these details, but again, these things belong in the scores and details thread. It is most helpful for me to keep things organized and archived there.
Thanks very much.