Red Devils edge Crown

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Eureka College sophomore wide receiver Austin Zirkle hauled in three touchdown receptions, the most by an Eureka receiver since Jake Bane tallied three at Knox on Sept. 1, 2012, lifting the Red Devils to a 29-26 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference victory over Crown College on Senior Day on Saturday afternoon at McKinzie Field.

Eureka sophomore quarterback Colton Johnson completed 12-of-21 attempts for 196 yards and a pair of touchdown passes.

The numbers are all career marks for Johnson, including his first touchdown pass as a Red Devil in his second career start under center.

Classmate and quarterback Dontai Johnson completed 2-of-4 passes for 19 yards, including the game-winning touchdown pass.

Eureka freshman running back LeAnthony Reasnover rushed 27 times for 105 yards and a score, his 12th of the season, moving him into sole possession of fourth place for single-season rushing touchdowns in Eureka history.

Zirkle led the Eureka receiving corps with four grabs for 58 yards, including the game-winner on fourth-and-3 from 7 yards out with 5:23 to play.

Eureka sophomore wideout Jeremiah Vance added two catches for 45 yards.

Defensively, the Red Devils held the Storm rushing attack to 61 yards on 32 attempts for 1.9 yards per rush.

The Red Devils’ rush defense has allowed only 77 yards on the ground over the last two weeks.

Eureka registered 9.0 tackles for a loss and a pair of sacks, one from sophomore defensive end Trever Zeibert and the other from sophomore defensive end Ray Vogel. Zeibert added a game-high 2.5 tackles for a loss.

Eureka sophomore linebacker and Washington native Chris Friend led the defense in tackles with nine.

Eureka senior linebacker Ty Cowin provided seven stops in his final home contest.

Eureka Senior defensive back Jordan Blair intercepted his fifth pass in a Red Devil uniform and added three tackles.

Eureka said goodbye to 14 seniors during a pregame ceremony on the field, including eight Red Devils who were four-year members of the Eureka football team.

The Red Devils will continue UMAC play Saturday, traveling to Minnesota-Morris in Morris, Minn., for a noon contest at against the Cougars.