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Eastern stays unbeaten with 66-6 throttling of Taylor Titans

By: Dalton Tinklenberg, September 8, 2018, 12:35 am

KOKOMO — The Taylor Titans played host to a familiar face in Friday night’s homecoming matchup, but the Greentown Eastern Comets were poor guests, handing Taylor a 66-6 beatdown.

The odds never seemed to be in favor of the Titans from the very start, as the Titans were without several key starters due to prolonged injuries. After an opening kickoff that resulted in a touchback, the Titans would fail to muster any offense before turning the ball over on downs. This decision to go for it on fourth down would give the Comets the ball for the first time on the Taylor 49-yard line.

Just moments after taking over possession of the football, senior Dakota Spencer took a handoff before bursting through the Taylor defense for a 35-yard touchdown with just over eight minutes left in the first quarter. This, unfortunately for Taylor, would prove to be a sign of things to come throughout the night. The very next Taylor drive would end in a fourth down conversion attempt before Eastern again took over in great field position. After several big plays on the ground, sophomore Zane Downing reeled off a 16-yard run for Eastern’s second score of the night.

The very next drive for Taylor would again stall before the Titans sent out their punter for the first time all night. Despite the decision to punt, Eastern still received exceptional field position, starting their drive on the own 49-yard line. In a result that shocked very few people at this point, Eastern would score yet again with a long pass to senior Gregory Black to push their lead to a staggering 20-0.

Things never got any easier for Taylor as Eastern went so far as to call several long passes plays just before half that resulted in two touchdowns while leading by more than 30 points. The Comets held a commanding 53-0 lead at the half. The second half was not nearly as productive as substitutes saw actual playing time and neither team lit up the scoreboard in a significant way.

Eastern moves to 4-0 on the season as they head to Carroll next week to face the 2-2 Cougars. Taylor, on the other hand, falls to 2-2 and will travel to face Clinton Central Bulldogs.