Cree Johnston led the receiving core with 54 yards on four catches. Sam Rocchio had three grabs for 49 yards, while Gibson had 36 yards on four receptions including the touchdown snag.
Will Porter picked up 35 yards, including a 25-yard grab as the Comets tried to battle back late in the game.
“You can’t simulate what they do in practice,” Ozmun said. “When you see it live, as well-drilled as they are, you’ve got to adjust on the run. I think our guys did that, but they were still moving the ball and executing well. In the long run, over four quarters, we kind of got into a groove eventually, and that really helped defensively.”
After hitting 8 of 12 targets in the first half, Bates cooled down some in the second half as the Eagles were able to slowly pull away.
“I think part of it was that we started to have some miscommunications, which led to some bad plays,” Edwards said. “The kids got rattled a little. They did some things a young team is going to do.
“I think there were lots of positives,” Edwards continued. “But we’ve got some work to do, no doubt. I think the things we need to work on were pretty glaring, like finishing drives.”
Aside from Eastern’s lone score, the Comets were forced to punt five times, while turning the ball over on four other drives.
Eastern visits Madison-Grant next week.