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Eisenhower cruises past Warren Mott

Sophomore quarterback Max Wittwer scores three touchdowns

By: Thomas Franz | C&G Newspapers | Published October 16, 2015

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A dominant defense and an efficient offense lifted Utica Eisenhower to a 30-9 victory against Warren Mott Friday night.

The Eagles scored 21 points off of four Mott turnovers in the first half to take a 30-3 lead at halftime.

Sophomore quarterback Max Wittwer threw for 90 yards and two touchdowns, and he rushed for 44 yards and a score.

“He was a sophomore, but we consider him a junior now this late in the season,” Eisenhower coach Chris Smith said of Wittwer.

Eisenhower took the opening kickoff and marched down the field with a 12-play drive that was capped by a 20-yard touchdown rush by Andrew Szalkowski.

After Mott fumbled on its second play of the ensuing drive, Wittwer kept the ball on an option play and scored from 37 yards out.

The teams exchanged field goals before Eisenhower distanced itself from Mott in the second quarter.

After recovering a Mott fumble at the Marauders 27-yard line, Wittwer connected with Kadari Johnson for a 30-yard touchdown to make it a 24-3 lead.

Ryan Chargo then picked off Mott on the next drive. The Eagles were forced to punt, but Mott muffed the punt, and Eisenhower’s Antonio Gray recovered at the Mott 33-yard line.

Wittwer then hit Willie Hunter for a 19-yard touchdown four plays later to give Eisenhower a 30-3 lead just before halftime.

“He (Wittwer) has played a lot of games and has a lot of plays under his belt, and that’s big, that’s what we were hoping for,” Smith said. “We’re hoping we could get to this point in the season and start playing our best football, and that’s what we’re doing right now.”

In the first half, Eisenhower’s defense held Mott to minus-2 rushing yards. Over their past three games, the Eagles have given up a total of 20 points.

“All four guys (on the defensive line) didn’t play a down last year on varsity football, so what’s clicking is game experience. We work hard on technique in practice, and those things are starting to show now,” Smith said.

Mott (5-3, 2-3 Red) got a touchdown on a double pass play when Andre Chandler connected with Tylen Redding for a 54-yard score in the fourth quarter.

“Turnovers will hurt you, and playing as sloppy as we did and unfocused as we did in the first half will hurt you against a good team,” Mott coach Tom Milanov said.

Eisenhower will host Romeo next week, while Mott will host Utica Ford.

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