Jake Bolton threw five touchdown passes and the East Mills defense posted its first ever shutout in a 60-0 eight man, District 8 football victory over South Page on Friday.
East Mills coach Andy Irwin entered the game hoping his team could fine tune its pass protection against the 1-3 Rebels. And boy did they ever.
“We had some trouble last week defending the blitzing linebacker against our spread and we wanted to sharpen that up,” he said. “I really thought we took care of some things in this game.”
The Wolverines racked up a 54-0 halftime lead before the junior varsity played out the final two quarters. For the night East Mills racked up 387 total yards, including 228 on the ground. Bolton was nearly perfect throwing the ball, completing 7-of-8 passes for 159 yards and the five touchdown tosses. He also ran for another score. For the season the 6-foot-3, 180-pounder has tossed 11 touchdown passes to lead District 8.
“Jake played well, our offensive line played well, Nathan Day ran it well and played great on defense and we got a lot of kids in for some experience,” said Irwin.
Back-up quarterback Luke Schafer ran for a 52-yard touchdown, tossed two touchdowns passes and caught two passes for 76 yards, with both catches going for touchdowns. On defense the sophomore added 10 tackles.
Jake Doyle caught two touchdown passes and Day and Daniel Duysen each had one. Day also returned a South Page punt for a score.
Irwin seemed especially impressed with the play of his JV offense and defense.
“We didn't have any starters play in the second half and they (the JV) did a great job. Some young kids got to play and they've really improved and played well.”