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August 31, 2013

Western motors to 2-0 record

Western's defense keeps mistake-prone Eastbrook in check.

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“Some of them were self-inflicted, but I’d like to say that at least half of those we caused or forced with a hit or strip of the football,” Andrews said. “The other great part of that is that I thought we were very opportunistic about recovering [the ball.]”

Three times in the first half, Western made Eastbrook pay for its miscues. On the possession following Eastbrook’s second fumble, Western quarterback Drew Bellus broke loose from 49 yards out for a score. Ben Lenahan turned Eastbrook’s next fumble into points with a two-yard run to make it 12-3. Bellus capped the first-half scoring with a 28-yard pass to Dustin Hinkle for the 18-3 lead at the half.

Bellus completed 3 of 5 passes with one interception for 60 yards and led the ground attack with 79 yards. He added another touchdown run from a yard out in the third quarter to give Western its largest lead at 24-3.

“He continues to improve,” Andrews said of Bellus. “That gives our offense a little more versatility when he can run the football for us.”

After limiting Frankfort to 77 yards in Week 1, Western’s defense held Eastbrook to 29 total yards and just two first downs in the first half Friday. Eastbrook, which fell to 0-2 for the first time since 2000, only mustered 105 yards for the game.

“They are very physical,” Adamson said. “And it’s very physical on both sides of the ball. Defensively they are really quick, and they are very physical offensively. You take a beating trying to tackle those backs.”

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