The Oakville Tigers were revved up for their Senior Night, an early-season tradition for the black and gold. However, the celebration was spoiled by a stout effort from the Eureka Wildcats’ senior-led defense, which proved too much for the Tigers to handle.
“We knew offensively they had some firepower,” Eureka head coach Farrell Shelton said following his team’s second consecutive road victory. “They’ve got some athletes we don’t have on defense. I was just glad the way our defense was able to play in the first half.”
At halftime the Wildcats enjoyed a 35-0 lead. The Wildcats were pressing the gas. The Tigers were on empty.
The stingy defensive effort from the Wildcats was perhaps overshadowed by the pure dominance provided by the offense.
Senior quarterback Brett Geisz threw for 141 yards and four touchdowns, including a three-yard strike to Bobby Saunders on the opening drive of the game to begin the route.
After three consecutive punts, senior running back Stephen Erutti set the Wildcats up with a first-and-goal on a nifty run before Geisz tossed his second touchdown pass of the game, this time a five-yard flip to senior tight end Liam Mannecke.
The Wildcats would not be stopped.
Geisz connected with Cam Nesbitt for another score, the first of two touchdown catches for the 6-foot-4 receiver.
Shelton wasn’t surprised with Geisz’s final stat line, which was noted as one of the area’s top performances for Week 2.
“Brett’s Brett,” Shelton said. “You don’t think he has anything and you look up and three or four touchdowns.”
When the final horn sounded, Shelton was more than pleased with his team.
“[I’m] very proud of that senior defense,” he said. “We’re starting 11 seniors on that defense over there, and those guys take a lot of pride in their senior leadership.”