HEMLOCK, Ohio — Its not always how you start but rather how you finish.
The Eastern football team was down 6-0 at the end of the first period but thanks in part to 14 fourth quarter points the Eagles earned their first victory of the year with a 28-12 triumph over Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division host Miller.
The Falcons (0-2, 0-2 TVC Hocking) got on the board first with six points but the Eagles (1-1, 1-0) answered with six points of their own in the second quarter. Eastern took its first lead of the game in the third period with eight points. Miller pulled within two points of the lead at the start of the fourth quarter with six points. The Eagles closed the game with 14 points to take the victory.
The Eagles running game was led by Zack Scowden with 96 yards on 17 carries. Tyler Barber had 80 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, while Chase Cook carried the ball 10 times for 70 yards. Zach Browning had 16 yards on four rushing attempts, while Dylan Bresciani had 15 yards on four attempts.
Cook was 2-of-8 passing for 36 yards and a touchdown, while Bresciani was 1-of-6 passing for 55 yards and a touchdown. Daschel Facemyer was 1-of-1 passing for three yards and completed a two-point conversion pass to Browning.
Browning caught two passes for 55 yards and a TD, while Bresciani caught two passes for 36 yards and a score.
The Eagles have now defeated Miller in seven consecutive meetings including four straight times in Perry County. This is the fourth straight year Eastern has began TVC Hocking play with a victory. This marks the first time since 2009 the Eagles have allowed Miller to score double digits in a contest.
The Eagles will host Wahama next week, which is coming off its first league-loss since joining the TVC Hocking in 2010. Miller will travel to Millersport next week to take on the Lakers.