Unity running back Keaton Eckstein is brought down from behind by St. Teresa's Joey Martini during their first half action of their non-conference game. The Rockets, last season's state runner-up in Class 3A, were stunned by a stubborn Bulldog program 27-0 in their 2016 road opener on Friday.
Unable to kick start their normal offensive juggernaut into anything above second gear, Unity was limited to moving the down the field in spurts. Four costly turnovers frustrated the team's effort to get the ball closer than 15 yards from the end zone nearly the entire game.
"Good teams take advantage of things and they did," explained Unity head coach Scott Hamilton.
Eckstein, who led the Rockets ground attack, finished the game with 61 yards after 14 carries. Click here to see the entire game gallery . . .
Unity's Steven Migut and St. Teresa's John Bryles dive after a loose ball during their first game of the season. Migut, who also tossed two interceptions, finished the game 4-fo-12 for 69 yards passing and tallied a mere 33 yards on 11 carries in the loss.
Loyal Unity fans watch their team from behind the end zone during the Rockets' first game of the season.
Unity's Kyle Cooper tries wrap up St. Teresa's Jacardia Wright during their first game of the season. Cooper finished the contest with 4 solo tackles and 4 assist. With Wright's help the Bulldogs generated 448 yards of total offense in their non-conference victory.
Unity back-up quarterback Evan Miebach is chased by a contingent of St. Teresa lineman including Nik Velchek and John Bryles while playing in the fourth quarter of their non-conference game. The Bulldog defense held the Rockets scoreless allowing just over 200 yards of offense.
"We've worked hard at it. We do pursuit drills. We do our linemen drills every day. We do tackling drills every day," said St. Teresa head coach Mark Ramsey explaining how his team was able to keep last year's Class 3A runner-up out of the end zone. He was proud with the incredible effort his defensive players gave on the gridiron. "We aren't doing anything fancy. They just played hard."
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