ERIE TOWNSHIP- There were two parades tonight celebrating homecoming 2016 for Erie Mason High School. The first began at 6:00 pm with floats, cars, queens and bands. The second began at 7:00 pm with a parade of Columbia Central touchdowns. It was no contest tonight as the Golden Eagles improved to 5-2 on the season in a 63-19 rout of the Erie Mason Eagles. The L.C.A.A. record stands at 3-2 with two home games remaining.
“We knew they were struggling coming in, especially defensively,” Coach Josh Kubiak stated. “We hoped to score early and give everyone a chance to play.”
In just under two minutes,and four Micah Raby carries, the Golden Eagles struck quickly with a 61 yard drive to the endzone. Three minutes later, the defense gave the ball back to the offense and Raby struck again to make it 13-0 halfway through the first quarter. After a short Erie Mason punt, Raby bolted 40 yards to pay dirt and the rout was on. Erie Mason was unable to move the chains in its next possession and with a little over a minute to go in the opening quarter, quarterback Khol Partridge found sophomore Carson Daniels open for a 38 yard pass play. Colton Duvall finished off the drive with his first touchdown of the game and a 28-0 lead.
Erie Mason got on the board in the second quarter when quarterback David Kelly raced 54 yards for a touchdown. But Columbia Central answered right back with big runs from Raby, Partridge and Duvall’s second touchdown of the game to make it 35-6. Kelly then struck again with a 27 yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 35-12.
On the ensuing kickoff, sophomore Gehrig Elliott found space up the middle and gave the Golden Eagles great field position from the Erie 35 yard line. Four Raby carries later, Columbia Central 42 Erie Mason 12.
The Golden Eagles defense held strong forcing a punt with 1:11 to go in the half and 74 yards from the goal line. In the hurry up offense, pass completions to Michel Phillips, Sam Tumas, Connor Davenport, and Gehrig Elliott moved the the ball to the Erie Mason sixteen yard line with just three seconds remaining on the clock. On the final play of the half, Khol Partridge found Michel Phillips in the back of the end zone for six points. The point after by Connor McClear sent the Eagles into the locker room with a commanding, 49-13 lead.
With a running clock in the second half, the Golden Eagles scored twice. Lucas Gomez on a 13 yard TD run and Gehrig Elliott, from the quarterback position, raced untouched for a 75 yard score, making it 63-13. Erie Mason scored the final points of the game with just under 5 minutes remaining.
For the night, Raby finished with four touchdowns and an unofficial 202 yards rushing on 14 carries, in just a half of play.
The quest for a playoff berth continues next Friday when the Golden Eagles tangle with the Vikings of Dundee in a 7 pm contest at the stadium.